October 14, 2011
Health Risk Assessment
Daily Fat In Diet—A high-fat diet is a risk factor for heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer. For a healthful diet, choose foods that are low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Based on your responses, nearly all of your food choices are high in fat, which is increasing your risk. You indicated that you are not ready to take action to reduce the amount of high-fat foods you eat. Over time, you may want to reconsider your plans. Begin by thinking about the health benefits you may gain by eating a low-fat diet. Keep in mind that only 30 percent of the calories you eat each day should come from fat.
This is what Aetna told me after my "Health Risk Assessment" Questionnaire. Everything else in the questionnaire, I'm at normal or better than normal (my HDL is 71, for Pete's sake), and yet they suggest a low-fat diet. The totality of their nutritional advice was to eat more candy (i.e. fruit) and eat less fat. It's entirely impossible that my robust health is the result of me eating a ton of good fat (OMG saturated!) and eschewing candy of all kinds. Fuck you, Aetna, I'm healthy as heck, and doctors lie. Typical nutritional ignorance from people paid to know better. This isn't even my job, and I could walk circles around them on this topic.
I probably could eat more vegetables, though. I'll cop to that.
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