America’s War on Obesity Continues to Fall Short

May 8, 2012 at 08:36

Little Miss Sicky Poo

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Isn’t it funny how America’s long standing war on obesity has brought light to this major health epidemic but our country continues to get fatter and fatter?  I mean, just think about the last decade alone and all of the awareness campaigns, public service announcements, commercials, articles, documentaries, etc., etc. and yet instead of reversing the problem, it appears to be “growing” just like our waistlines!

Now how can that be?  The government has done their best to educate the public.  We all know the talking points by now; “eat a diet low in fat”, “eat more whole grains”, “stay away from saturated fat”, blah, blah, blah!  So, here we are years later, and many people are now following this “conventional wisdom” that has been propagated from our government for all these years, yet the problem gets worse year after year.  Wake up America!  The government’s SAD recommended diet is desperately flawed and will keep you fat, sick and stressed out!  It’s hard to believe, for many people, that the government could possibly mislead us in this way, but I’m sorry to tell you…it’s true.

The exact diet that is being pushed on our county IS the reason why people are getting fatter.  I don’t claim to understand why we are being given this bad advice.  Perhaps it is stupidity and poor interpretation of health studies.  Perhaps there is a more sinister reason that is connected to the financial relationship between our government and the agriculture industry.  Who can say?  Regardless of the reason, you should stop listening to them because they are hurting people with their advice.

Yesterday, Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, posted an article in Newsweek Magazine that talks about the vicious cycle of bad advice and bad outcomes that has become the “war on obesity” in America.  In this article he cites an interesting fact about a period of time during the height of the depression where obesity rates were increased.  This is during a time when food was scarce, poverty was rampid and food such as bread, sugar and grains were more readily available and affordable.  These types of food are the same that make up the foundation of the Standard American Diet that we are being told to eat today.  Get the connection?  More nutritionally dense foods such as meat and vegetables were more difficult to obtain.

Aside from this point alone, this is a must read if you want a clearer picture of what’s propelling the obesity problem in our country.  It offers a different perspective than the one that we are being sold, but I firmly believe that it is the correct one.

Check it out: Why the Campaign to Stop America’s Obesity Crisis Keeps Failing

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