Obesity has become an epidemic in America, according to the CDC. Over 60% of American's are considered overweight and over 39% are obese affecting about 93.3 million of US adults. Obesity-related conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death. The current health care estimated cost to treat obesity related conditions is between $147 and $210 Billion.
So how did we get into this pattern of ever expanding waistlines and increasing health care costs? Unfortunately, we have been told for decades to eat the wrong food. For thousands of years, our ancestors ate a diet of meat, fruits and vegetables. Even with the agricultural age 10,000 years ago, our diet remained basically the same.
It wasn't until the late 1800's that sugar intake increased substantially and the exponential rise in obesity and chronic diseases shortly followed. In the 1960s, despite scientific evidence, the sugar industry paid researchers falsify the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat. Eventually the 'Food Pyramid' was created suggesting 11 servings of grains, pastas and cereals per day, which all increase blood sugar, inflammation and stored fat.
Around the same time as the food pyramid, more households required two incomes creating a greater need for convenience foods. Fast-food restaurants, TV dinners, and meals in a can became regular staples of American meals. Industrial products were being passed as food sources. We were losing the battle of nutrition but felt justified within the erroneous Food Pyramid.
So what's the solution? We often forget that the human species is an animal species. And like all other animals within the same species, all humans have the same genetic requirements for food: meat, vegetables and fruit. Anything outside those items are not required, and are likely not beneficial. There are two essentials that we need to supplement in addition to eating right: Vitamin D and Omega-3 fish oils. But those supplements need to be from non-synthetic pure sources, otherwise different harmful effects may occur.
This is not a difficult process, other than the will power to make the decision. But when your priority is to be healthy, the decisions become easy. And you are only your next meal away from eating healthy. Don't let chronic conditions sneak up on you. If you still think eating right for your species type is too difficult, come talk to me and I'll help make it easy for you.
Northwood Health Center
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Woodburn, OR 97071