In February, a study published in JAMA by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared that obesity ratesamong two- to five-year olds declined by 43 percent in the past decade, dropping from 14 percent in 2003 to eight percent in 2012. Obesity rates for other age groups were said to have “stabilized.”1
The findings were broadcast on all of the nation’s major news stations and in most major newspapers, with many claiming “victory” in the fight against childhood obesity.
The celebration was short-lived, however. In April, another report was published that painted a very different picture, this one inJAMA Pediatrics.2 Interestingly, both studies used the same National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data. The difference was that the April study included another four years’ worth of data (1999 to 2012).
This team of researchers found that severe obesity among children has actuallyincreased over the past 14 years. Severely obese children are the ones most likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic health problems.
Clearly, the federal anti-obesity campaign is NOT working, even though the US government would love you to think their efforts are paying off. Despite extensive scientific evidence about the real cause of obesity (i.e., the food system), public policy has not changed, and many people are fed up with the status quo.
As a society, we cannot simply exercise our way out of this epidemic. Don’t misunderstand me—I am not saying that exercise isn’t important, but it’s not the entire solution.
A Flawed Formula
You’ve heard it now for 50 years. When it comes to your weight, “calories in must equal calories out.” “Eat less and exercise more.” “A calorie is a calorie is a calorie.” The problem is that this formula doesn’t work, as evidenced by America’s ever-expanding waistline.
Obesity rates in the US have increased at the same rate as gym memberships. Between 1980 and 2000, Americans doubled their fitness club memberships. However, during the same period, their obesity rates ALSO doubled.
A decade later, two out of three Americans are either overweight or obese. Obesity has become the number one form of malnutrition in the country, and no group has been hit harder than our children.
We’re seeing obesity in six-month-olds, strokes in eight-year-olds, heart attacks in 20-year-olds, and some 30-year-olds require renal dialysis to stay alive. Teens are now getting gastric bypass surgeries. What used to be called “adult onset diabetes” is now more often called “type 2 diabetes,” as it is no longer reserved for adults. What is wrong with this picture? It’s the food.
Sugar Loads the Gun… Industry Pulls the Trigger
Instead of eating whole foods—real foods—the contemporary American diet typically consists mostly of sugar, highly processed grains, and a montage of chemicals that are anything but food. Children are surrounded by these fake foods every day, which have a very different effect on their bodies than real food.
The idea that “a calorie is a calorie” is a myth that’s been disproven by science. Refined, processed sugar, especially in the form of high fructose corn syrup, is very hard on your liver and most of it is stored as body fat. Eighty percent of the foods lining grocery store shelves today contain extrasugar—and it adds up to disease.
This excess sugar is at the heart of the metabolic dysfunction that’s driving obesity, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and many of the other chronic conditions so rampant today. Yet, this is the opposite of what we are told by the media and countless so-called nutrition professionals.
Instead of placing blame where blame is due—with the food industry and its failed oversight—the blame is placed on fat people, tagged as lazy, unmotivated, and lacking in willpower or moral fortitude. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sugar has actually been found to be eight times as addictive as cocaine!3
The US food system is taking an enormous toll on America’s mental and physical health, as well as the economy. Seventy-five percent of our health care dollars go to the treatment of chronic metabolic disease. The statistics provided by FedUpMovie.comreveal the gravity of this problem:
If you drink one to two sugar-sweetened beverages per day, you have a 26 percent higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes
A 20-ounce bottle of coke contains the equivalent of 17 teaspoons of sugar. Just one soda per day raises your child’s chance of obesity by 60 percent
Between 1977 and 2000, Americans doubled their daily sugar intake. In 2012, Americans were each consuming an average of 130 pounds of sugar per year
At the current rate, 95 percent of all Americans will be overweight or obese within 20 years
By 2050, one of every three Americans will have type 2 diabetes
Written by Dr. Mercola
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