WHAT'S CAUSING AMERICA'S WEIGHT PROBLEM!
- AMERICA'S WEIGHT PROBLEM
The medical community, the scientific community, the psychologists,
have all given many expert solutions to America's Weight
Problems. But none seem to be working. In the last three decades,
the number of overweight young Americans has tripled, with no sign
the trend is abating. The latest estimates for American adults
indicates that more than half of American adults (about two-third)
According to Obesity Research journal (January, 2004), obesity did
cost the United States about $75 billion in 2003. Taxpayers footed
about half the bill through Medicare and Medicaid programs, costing
each up to $200 per taxpayer. Obesity contributes to a number of
chronic medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes,
cardiovascular disease, various types of cancer and osteoarthritis.
It's very clear: Obesity is increasing and we have all the
diseases that are associated with it . .
Genetics, while important, is just one piece of a larger
physiological and psychological puzzle. The other piece of puzzle is
low physical activity but high consumption of high calorie foods.
Our lives have become sedentary, with more hours spent in front of a
television or computer than at play or doing physically exerting
work. We are used to the convenience of processed foods.
Although we have not been able to abate the weight problem, but we
have learned what is good for us to control weight. We have learnt
that dieting does not work. We're conscious about eating more
healthfully. We're choosing low-calorie and reduced-fat foods and
beverages. We're paying attention to nutrition labels. However, we
are still not exercising enough. We "snack too much," "eat too many
high-fat foods," "too often binge on favorite foods," "often overeat
at meal-times" and "often eat for emotional reasons."
Now low carbs (carbohydrates) ads are popping up, and sale for
breads is going down. We are puzzled. Until miracle happens follow
common sense approach to take a walk, and add more fruits and
vegetables in your diet. Pick up a good book, if you don't have
any yet. For quick start you can try this downloadable edition that
provides all the solutions that nutrition can provide to control
weight and to treat common health problems ("A NEW LOOK AT
VEGETARIANISM: It's positive Effects on Health and Disease
We want to draw your attention to another reason that may be adding
to our weight problem. See for yourself, if it makes any sense:
The animals raised for food are made to grow faster and bigger in
modern farms. Of all the antibiotics administered in the US to
people or farm animals, farm animals receive over 95% of them--not
so much to treat infection, but to make the animals grow faster on
less feed. Some of these chemicals are likely to end up with those
who eat meat of these animals.
Factory-farmed animals contain as much as 30 times more saturated
fat than yesterday's free-range, pasture-raised animals. About 98%
of all milk in the US is produced using factory methods. Part of
factory life for a cow includes dangerous levels of drugs
administered to boost milk output. Due to selective breeding, cows
already produce at least two and a half times the amount of milk of
yesterday's pastured counterpart. Then, as of February, 1994,
farmers were given the go-ahead to use the genetically engineered
hormone Bovine Somatotropin (BST) on their herds. Designed to boost
milk output by an additional 15 percent, milk per cow statistics are
already showing the effects nationwide. Fattier animal meat
consumption or drug administered high milk yield means fattier
The number of chickens raised worldwide for human consumption is
over 17.2 billion. Chicken feed is routinely laced with
antibiotics, sulfa drugs and other chemical substances. Only by
maintaining the birds on drugs, a practice which began about mid-
twentieth century, is agribusiness allowed the luxury and efficiency
of massive flocks and intensive confinement. Today's medicated feed
also pumps out market weight birds in half the time from two-thirds
the feed of 50 years ago. Why should it surprise, if part of these
chemicals in meat consumption affect human growth and weight leading
to modern day weight problems!
Becoming a vegetarian is the most sensible way to handle the weight
problem till we find a miraculously better way.
This information is taken from a book "A NEW LOOK AT VEGETARIANISM:
It's positive Effects on Health and Disease Control."
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