Do You Live In A High Obesity Ranked State?
Obesity has gained tremendous attention in the health world in the last decades. A new study released by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) indicates that obesity, disease rates and health care costs are set to soar in most states in the next two decades. The study indicates that by 2030, 13 states could have rates of adult obesity above 60%. Thirty nine states could have rates over 50%, and all states could have obesity rates over 44%.
And what do all these numbers mean for the health of Americans? It means that serious diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and arthritis will soar even more.
Let’s see real numbers now. Please note this graphic is the first slide in the slideshow above. You can see a larger view of the complete 2012-2030 adult obesity rankings nationwide here.
Big Industrial Food Companies Generate A Great Deal Of Obesity Rates
The conventional view has been that obesity is either the result of “bad genetics” or poor lifestyle choices combined with a certain amount of laziness or lack of willpower. But the fact that obesity rates 50-60 years ago were only one-third of what they are today is a potent clue that genetics are not to blame.
Although there may be various causal factors for obesity, like energetic stressors, emotional trauma, mental stressors, structural imbalance, hormonal imbalance, infectious foci, electromagnetic stress, chemical toxicity, food sensitivity, heavy metals, pathogens, environmental sensitivity, etc.,it always comes down to one, big common factor: TOXIC FOOD everywhere.
A number of other nations do not have the same obesity problems as the US. For example, the obesity rate among Swedish and Japanese women is between five and six percent, compared to almost 40 percent for American women. Furthermore, when people from such countries move to the US, they end up gaining significant amounts of weight…
Don’t you think it must be something in the American diet that is different from other nations?
It sure is. Heavily processed and purposely designed for maximum “craveability”, toxic food. Big industrial food companies spend untold amounts concocting just the right flavor formulas to keep you coming back for more.
Although there may be various causal factors for obesity, like energetic stressors, emotional trauma, mental stressors, structural imbalance, hormonal imbalance, infectious foci, electromagnetic stress, chemical toxicity, food sensitivity, heavy metals, pathogens, environmental sensitivity, etc.,it always comes down to one, big common factor: TOXIC FOOD everywhere.”
Here are just a few of the mostly used and most dangerous processed “foods” found in all stores these days, which can affect your organism profoundly and generate a biochemical chaos:
Sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
In 1820 the average sugar consumption per person per year was less than 20 pounds. Today it is 150 pounds per year! No to mention that indigenous peoples didn’t know what sugar was for a very long time, and lived long, healthy lives without it.
In 1970 food technology, huge crop subsidies for corn and industrialization made it possible to manufacture inexpensive high fructose corn syrup. Today, HFCS is added to thousands of fast foods and beverages such as soft drinks.
One reason why HFCS raises a health alarm is that your brain doesn’t recognize it as food or that it has calories, although it is, indeed, calorie dense. Instead, your brain thinks you’re under eating and starving; to compensate it signals you to keep eating. And this dangerous chemical is found now in almost all processed foods which are considered a staple of most Americans’ diet. The outcome is obvious and obesity is just the beginning of a long list of health complaints.
Genetically modified foods (GMO)
Genetic engineering creates widespread genetic mutations in hundreds of thousands of locations throughout the genome! Food that’s made in the lab and was not meant to be recognized by your cells will eventually build up as toxic material in your body. What’s the worse that can happen? It starts with digestive problems, lowered immunity and eventually tumors and cancer.
Processed omega 6 fatty acids and trans fatty acids
With the advent of the Industrial Revolution and the processing of omega 6-rich vegetable oils- such as corn, soybean, canola and safflower oils- that are so abundant in our diet today – the balanced ratio of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids on which our human genome thrived for hundreds of thousands of years changed drastically. These days, it is estimated that we eat one-tenth of the amount of omega 3 fatty acids required for normal functioning. This is why a high percentage of our modern population is susceptible to food-related health conditions like heart disease, cancer, insulin resistance and diabetes, obesity, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
The elimination of toxic trans fatty acids alone, could avert tens of thousands of coronary events each year in the United States and around the world!
Real Solutions To Stop The Weight Gain Process.
Why are Americans struggling here? Because the mainstream dietary guidelines actually promote obesity and prevent optimal health by restricting critical nutrients. There is no way you can find health in the supermarket, where toxic, highly processed food is so widely available. So what is the alternative? The alternative should meet the following criteria:
- It’s grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers
- It’s not genetically engineered
- It contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs
- It does not contain any artificial ingredients, including chemical preservatives
- It did not come from a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO)
- It is grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors)
- It is grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)
How About Weight Loss Programs?
If we were all the same, then why don’t the same diets and remedies work with all conditions, on all people?
We are all unique on a biochemical level as we are in our fingerprints. Biochemical individuality is responsible for the fact that nutrients behave differently in different metabolisms. William Wolcott, founder of the Healthexcel System of Metabolic Typing® explains :
“Fat doesn’t make you fat. Protein doesn’t make you fat. Carbohydrates don’t make you fat. And even calories per se don’t make you fat. But what does make you fat is the inability to properly metabolize, or convert to energy, carbs, proteins, fats and calories. Eat the right foods for your metabolism and eat the right ratios of macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbs) and you’ll be giving your body the right kind of fuel for your engines of metabolism.”
The theme of “metabolic type” was present in every ancient medical system: Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, ancient Egyptian medicine and many others treated diseases by customizing their treatment according to different functioning metabolisms.
There are metabolisms which thrive on high amounts of red meat and fat (think of an Eskimo, as an extreme protein type) and there are metabolisms which thrive on lean, white meat instead (think of a Quechua Indian as an extreme carbohydrate type). And there are those in between, which thrive on a diet where foods have to be in a certain combination and proportion. Ratios of animal proteins and fats as well as the type of proteins and fats vary tremendously from person to person, from culture to culture, from metabolism to metabolism.
Today, with the help of a Metabolic Typing® Advisor you can find out your Metabolic Type®, start a real process for real healing, which addresses all imbalances at the causative level, and takes into consideration your unique nutritional and genetic requirements.
Being overweight is just like any other health complaint–a symptom of imbalance and inefficiency. And the only true weight loss program is the one that restores health, by giving the body everything that it needs, and by eradicating underlying stressors or blocking factors. Only by getting to the true cause can you obtain true weight loss. Any “weight loss” outside of that will be temporary and no different than taking an aspirin for a headache or an antihistamine for a histadelic allergy.
Does the rise in obesity give you concern?
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