Essay On Prison Population

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The United States prison population has increased substantially within the past three decades, and we now incarcerate more people per capita than any other nation. These millions of people locked up are overweight and sick, and they need help. In 2011-12, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that half of federal prisons have had a chronic medical condition, including cancer, high blood pressure, stoke-related problems, diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, arthritis, and asthma. According to recent studies, an incarcerated individual is more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, or asthma. Additionally, the majority of prisoners, 74% of them, are not at a healthy weight. Roughly 66% of prisoners with a current chronic medical…show more content…
There are fewer calories in each spoonful or cupful of these foods. Fat has nine calories per gram while carbohydrates and protein have only four calories per gram. In addition, whole fruits, vegetables and grains have a lot of fiber, which increase satiation and yet contributes nearly no added calories. By opting to eat a plant-based meal that is low in fat, inmates may reduce the calories that they consume, digest and absorb, even if they eat more food. Large population studies confirm a direct correlation between the rates of chronic illness and the percent of animal products consumed in the diet of that population. As the percentage of animal and processed foods rise, so does illness - cancer, heart disease, autoimmune, and diabetes, just to name a few. For this reason, diets based on animal products contributes to the slow progression of the top 15 causes of death and disability. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, 80% of all deaths are attributed to inadequate fruit and vegetable intake and poor lifestyle

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