Approaches in Poultry, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences

Healthful Eating, the Western Style Diet and Chronic Disease

  • Open or Close James Varani*

    Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, USA

    *Corresponding author: James Varani, Department of Pathology, The University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA; Email: varani@med.umich.edu

Submission: September 26, 2017;; Published: November 03, 2017

Volume1 Issue3
November 2017


The term “Western-style diet” refers to an eating pattern that includes a high content of saturated fat, a large amount of processed carbohydrate and too many calories. In common usage, the term Western style diet is pejorative; it connotes a pattern of eating which is essentially unhealthy. Consumption of the Western style diet is strongly linked with the growing epidemic of obesity in the United States and throughout the Western World [1,2]. It is associated with numerous chronic age-related ailments. Among these are cancer (especially colon and breast), cardiovascular diseases and metabolic diseases (metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes and in the liver, specifically, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Associations with osteoporosis, chronic kidney disease, earlyonset dementia and skin diseases have also been suggested [3-10]. Once largely confined to societies in North America, Europe and Australia, the Western style diet is now a world-wide phenomenon.

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