Astounding facts in this 7 part series The Skinny on Obesity: An Epidemic for Everybody. According to Dr. Robert Lustig, Pediatric Endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, during the last 30 years there has been an initiative to reduce fat in our daily diet, but the resulting issue has been an increase in carbohydrates, sugars, and calories. This has created a “perfect storm” for everybody.
Reportedly 60% of people die from chronic metabolic diseases (heart disease, II diabetes, cancer, dementia) that travel with the illness of obesity, but not from obesity itself. While antibiotics, hormones in food, and high fructose corn syrup add to the issue of obesity, the number one change during the past 30 years was the change in our “food environment” in general.
A great question posed in the first part of this series: The function of changes we’ve made in our daily life and food intake has been to make life easier, but is it working? We are using our bodies less to complete daily tasks in order to give us more time, but the resulting illnesses are reducing our life span on earth.
What’s driving weight gain and metabolic diseases, anyway? You don’t have to watch all 7 episodes to find out. Episodes 3 and 4 lay it out pretty clearly. The fructose in sugar is the silent killer deprogramming the brain and messing up our hormone levels. (This is why our bodies feel better when we remove the processed foods and sugars. Some refer to this as “Eating Clean.”)
If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend taking time to do so and get back to us with your thoughts on this issue.