– From 1971 to 2000, obesity rates in the United States increased from 14.5% to 30.9%. Obesity costs the U.S. $100-$150 Billion a year (Emory Univ Study from Oct., 2007).
So what happened? It would seem there is a combination of things that have happened. There has been a high level of toxins introduced since the 1970’s – BPA in plastics, pesticides, genetically modified food additives, etc – changes in what is considered “healthy” eating and drugs that affect normal production of metabolic substances in the body. These things may be what are leading us to become the heaviest country in the world.
Things you can do avoid these negative factors are simple:
- Do not reheat food in plastic-containing containers.
- Avoid BPA containing plastics, especially in drinking and food storage containers.
- Eat less processed foods and avoid genetically modified additives like soy lecithin, and high fructose corn syrups.
- Prepare food fresh and avoid pre-packaged meals whenever possible.
- Lifestyle changes that will lower cholesterol, high blood pressure and stress.
The other is a change in perception. throughout history, paradigm shifts – positive or negative – will change societies. The largest paradigm shift lately revolves around healthy eating. Today we are told that high cholesterol causes heart attacks, too much fat is the reason we gain pounds and the new one is that all sugars are the same. We are finding out that we may have spoken to soon.
Recently I spoke about the cholesterol myth, and how we may have made an error in blaming this wonderful, very needed substance for the cause of cardiovascular disease. Lets talk about fat and sugar now. Our consumption of sugar is growing. The average human eats about a 1/3 of pound of sugar a day. Five ounces of sugar a day, half of which is fructose, according to researchers Dr. Robert Lustig, as well as Dr. Richard Johnson. The increase in sugar consumption and a decrease in healthy fats in our diets have lead to something called metabolic syndrome. A great article from Dr. Mercola explains how these diet myths are causing epidemic problems with health.
Diet myths abound in the health industry, but one of the biggest myths of all is the idea that a calorie is a calorie, no matter where you get it from, or what the chemical or nutritional makeup of it is.
If you care about your health and are truly working to keep your weight down, then you need to know the truth about calories as well as the substances that distort how calories work in your body.
For example, sugar is one of the major health topics in the news these days, with “sugar is sugar” news updates, ads, and counter-ads.
Now, a new video, the “Skinny on Obesity”, presents a chilling awakening on weight, weight gain, and chronic diseases like dementia, cancer, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Watch it, and you may never look the same way at sugar or calories again. Your body actually treats sugar in the same way it treats alcohol and other toxins. This is in large part how sugars can damage your liver and other organs, and why Dr. Lustig refers to sugar as a toxin. I recently wrote about this at length in the article, Is Sugar Toxic?
Avoid metabolic syndrome while loosing weight. Metabolic syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
By removing processed sugars and watching fructose intake and replacing them with healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and raw nuts we can loose the pounds and avoid obesity-linked diseases like Type II Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and many others.