Aside from our cosmetic preferences, there are medical reasons to keep a healthy weight. As a country we get far too many of our calories from refined carbohydrates and sugars. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the average person consumes around 400 calories of refined sugars each day. This abundance in the typical American diet has contributed enormously to the obesity epidemic that we face today.
Colon & Rectal Cancer
Screening for colon cancer largely explains why the incidence of colon and rectal cancers have dropped. Colonoscopies and other screening tests give doctors the chance to remove polyps before they turn into tumors, a process that can take years.