Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mercola Fingers Obesity

"Obesity is a terror [threat] within; it's destroying our society from within and unless we do something about it, the magnitude of the dilemma will dwarf 9/11 or any other terrorist event that you can point out."

Presently, a full two-thirds of Americans are overweight <> or obese. Childhood obesity has also skyrocketed, tripling over the past 30 years. One in three children between the ages of 10 and 17 is now overweight or obese, and 27 percent of young adults, 17 to 24, are too heavy to join the military <> .

As a result, today's children may be the first generation whose life expectancy is shorter than that of their parents...

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 110,000 Americans die as a result of obesity each year, and about one-third of all cancers are directly related to it.

Data collected from over 60,000 Canadians also shows that obesity now leads to more doctor visits than smoking One in four Americans is also pre-diabetic or diabetic, and heart disease and cancer, both of which are associated with obesity, top the mortality charts.

Clearly, the issue of how to achieve good health has never been more pertinent to more people. Yet despite the enormity of this problem, very little is being done to effectively combat obesity.

The film examines the causes of obesity and suggests ways to reverse this deadly trend. Below, I sum up my own recommendations as well.

It's quite clear that conventional diet and health recommendations are off the mark... Obesity and related health problems are directly attributable to flawed diet-a diet too high in carbs and poor-quality proteins, and too low in healthy fats.

The article goes on to discuss fructose, intermittent fasting and several other issues, as Mercola's articles often do.  I agree with his premise of course that most folks that are over-fat and sick could heal themselves with carb restriction.  Sadly, what they usually get is medications to help them stay alive while sick for longer.  The cost of this approach in dollars and lost vitality of life is hard to overestimate.

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