Modern America Is Fat, Overweight and Obese
April 22, 2009 by Bob Livingston
From 14 percent overweight in 1994 to 33 percent in 2008. What’s happening? We know for sure that we have an epidemic and a crisis.
Billions of dollars of diet plans are being touted to the American people—most of them worthless and giving false hope. I have bought a few myself. This is a disgrace, and there is little promise of help.
Like everything else in America, the fat epidemic is going from bad to worse. So goes the American diet—so goes obesity.
Most of the American diet is bad, but there is one thing in particular that is turning the whole population into diabetics. It’s fructose corn syrup. The food cartel is using millions of tons of this non-food as a cheap filler. This is more dangerous to the American people than a standing army.
Obesity is far more serious than most of us can imagine. It is inconvenient, to say the least. It is deadly to say the most.
My recent study on this subject has me in shock. Obesity is far, far more serious than I suspected.
There is a definite connection between gaining weight and getting sick. If we could feel the silent sickness that goes along with the weight gain, most of us would be afraid to death to gain an ounce. Now that we are already fat, what’s the story?
I hope that I can shock you with the following statement:
According to my study, obesity is related to and causative of every illness documented, including the degenerative diseases of cancer and heart disease!
Obesity, besides disrupting the immune system, creates chronic and silent inflammation which sets in motion a chain of biochemical events that result in a hormonal imbalance called leptin or insulin resistance, which makes it nearly impossible to maintain a healthy weight.
As many believe, fat is not an inert storehouse of calories. It is an active organ that produces its own hormones. In fact, fat regulates itself. When we gain weight, our fat produces the hormone leptin which is supposed to speed up our metabolism and suppress our appetite causing weight to remain stable. Research has shown that extra weight or fat is not just an extra load to carry. As stated above, it is another of the body’s internal organs. Moreover, it is an endocrine organ—the only organ with an almost unlimited ability to increase in size.
This is one organ that we don’t want. And after it appears this is a definite signal that we already have a chemical imbalance and a high probability of low-grade whole-body inflammation that may have already triggered a disease process.
If we don’t feel anything or see evidence of a medical problem, the extra weight that we carry is not yet symptomatic of disease. But obesity upsets our chemical balance by tipping the scale toward very destructive inflammation.
This is not visible inflammation as seen with a surface injury. This is inflammation at the cell level, completely hidden.
We can detect evidence of the disease process caused by this obese condition. One sign is an apple shape and lower abdominal fat. Those with this shape are almost certain to have what we call metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance. Abdominal obesity is generally considered to be a waist circumference, as measured around the middle, of greater than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women.
Another indicator of metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance is the C-reactive protein blood test. This test has become very well known as an inflammatory marker. Elevated C-reactive proteins is an almost certain indicator of cardiovascular risk factor, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, maybe diabetes, colorectal and breast cancer and age-related cognitive decline and premature death. In fact, aging is now considered to be a process of ongoing inflammation.
All this comes out of being obese or fat. Few people are aware of all the complications of weight gain, especially abdominal weight gain.
Fat by itself produces inflammation but diet is also a huge factor. The proper diet can reverse obesity and inflammation. As I will tell you below, it is a simple diet, but a very rewarding one.
Unfortunately most American diets are rich in inflammatory ingredients which are red meat, white flour, sugar and hydrogenated or transfats such as french fries. On the other hand, berries and cherries, walnuts and almonds, cabbage, broccoli, garlic and fish are super foods that will restore health. This is not complicated and these are very delicious healthy foods.
Bad food got us into this very critical inflammatory syndrome. Good food will get us out. The simplicity of the cause of fat, overweight and obesity does not seem to match the critical illness that results. It all points to how devastating the wrong food is for health.
It is as if to say—and many writers do—that food is more powerful than drugs.
What is the nitty gritty cause of this silent inflammation and the destruction to our health that it brings? Yes, I said that it is bad food, but let’s be more specific.
It is actually unbalanced fatty acids, mainly Omega 3s and Omega 6s.
Simply stated, there are some Omega 3 foods and there are some Omega 6 foods. The American diet is predominantly Omega 6s, and Omega 6s are way out of balance with Omega 3s. This causes silent inflammation, obesity and serious and terminal diseases and illness.
The action to take is to rebalance our Omega 3s with our Omega 6s with diet.
First, we must learn what Omega 3s are and what Omega 6s are so that we can reduce our Omega 6s and raise our Omega 3s. Actually, it may be mostly reducing our Omega 6s. An ideal ratio would be three Omega 3s to five Omega 6s. Your body will tell you.
For more exciting details read our references: The Fat Resistance Diet by Dr. Leo Galland, Win The War Within by Floyd H. Chilton, PhD, and The Anti Inflammation Zone by Barry Sears, PhD. All three books are available.