Is saying obesity is a national epidemic hyperbole?
Do you think that it is over the top to suggest that obesity is an epidemic?
Perhaps stating that obesity is an out of control plague is a bit too dramatic?
Let's look at the data:
More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults overweight or obese.
One-third (35.7 percent) of adults or more are obese.
More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity.
Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are overweight or obese.
Food processing companies have stacked the odds in their favor.
Wherever you turn, someone wants to put bad food, processed food, down your throat that will damage your health.
That includes yourself.
There is no question that processed food leads to obesity.
We do this to ourselves, because we have the option.
The mass marketing media encourages us to eat their processed junk foods on one hand.
Look all around you, on billboards, on tv, an endless stream of ads for processed food.
On other billboards are ads for weight loss surgery.
Suddenly, people do not know how to lose weight, so they must resort to weight loss surgery.
For thousands of years, no one needed to be on a diet to lose weight.
Does this make sense?
Diets are necessary because of the fake foods that flood our bodies.
Obesity and Alzheimer's
Can you believe that Oreos can lead to Alzheimer's?
Of course, it is not one Oreo, or even Oreos, but the amount of processed food that results in obesity.
Alzheimer's disease is expected to triple in the next 30 years.
There is no cure for Alzheimer's.
Wait a moment and digest the previous statement.
I watched my Aunt deteriorate from Alzheimer's over a ten year period.
Alzheimer's is a devastating illness.
Brain scans of Alzheimer's shows a mass that looks more like swiss cheese than a brain.
There is no cure for Alzheimer's, so, if you can prevent Alzheimer's, you owe it to yourself to start now.
Beat Obesity and Prevent Alzheimer's
The best known prevention for Alzheimer's is to reduce obesity, depression and diabetes from your life.
There is no time to wait to get healthy.
You cannot say that today, I will carpet bomb my body with whatever I want.
Then, I will live a healthier lifestyle once I turn 40, 50 or 60.
It does not work like that.
Alzheimer's for example starts 30 to 50 years before there are any symptoms at all.
Therefore, there really is no time to wait to get the right habits for your health.
Over 50 % of people over the age of 85 exhibit some form of dementia.
Losing your mind is not a good place to be.
If you want to live to the age of 85 and beyond, you need a healthy brain.
You need your mind along for the ride.
The best way to prevent Alzheimer's is to stay healthy in your body and mind.
Besides Obesity, You Must Manage Depression
Not only staying at an ideal weight can prevent Alzheimer's, but also dealing with depression.
Untreated depression quadruples the risk of Alzheimer's in men.
And doubles the risk of Alzheimer's for women.
You cannot wait till you get sick, to get serious about your health.
Depression is a high risk factor for Alzheimer's.
There are more than 50 million Americans who suffer with depression at some point in their life.
Depression is not only associated with Alzheimer's.
You are probably not surprised to find out that depression is also associated with obesity.
Depression is associated with obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
If you are suffering with depression, you have to get help.
Help does not mean prozac, zoloft or effexor.
That is not the first place that you should turn to for help with depression.
The first place to look is staring at you from your plate.
The food that you are eating has an enormous influence on your health and well being.
Is the taste of food worth becoming obese?
Only you can answer that question.
The Catastrophe of Obesity
Obesity is a risk factor for over 30 medical illnesses.
Obesity, depression, alzheimer's, and heart disease are interrelated.
They all appear to be risk factors for each other.
In fact, they truly appear to be expressions of the same unhealthy lifestyle.
Did you know that the size of your brain has an inverse relationship to the size of your belly?
As you gain weight, the size of your brain diminishes.
According to Dr. Daniel Amen, MD, there are 22 studies which say the following:
As your weight goes up, the actual physical functioning and size of your brain goes down.
How is that for a horror show?
Now you do not need aliens or cannibals to shrink your brain.
You can shrink your own brain with obesity and/or depression.
Are cheese doodles, snicker bars, pop tarts and mcdonald hamburgers worth shrinking your own brain?
If that is not scarier than the haunted house on elm street, what is?
You are literally losing your mind because of obesity or depression.
Obesity is Not Your Fault
After you read this paragraph, you will discover that obesity is not your friend.
Excess food, is not going to help you in life, in any way.
You might not have known how risky obesity is, and that is not your fault.
And in fact, don't be defensive if you are obese, it is not your fault.
Food manufacturers play a big role in obesity in America and around the world.
High fructose corn syrup is a common ingredient in junk food.
HFCS is an artificial sweetener which is cheaper and sweeter than sugar.
Food manufacturers love HFCS, because they make more profits.
You can find HFCS in many processed foods, such as breakfast cereal, soda, ketchup, cookies and even meal replacement bars.
From now on, make sure you check the ingredient list before you eat any processed food.
If you see high fructose corn syrup, move on in the aisle.
At least you now know what this man made substance will do to you.
HFCS did not exist before the 1970's and this substance is dangerous to your health.
High fructose corn syrup shuts off your body's natural appetite control switches.
This is why you can chug down tons of soda without ever feeling like you are full.
Obesity is Not your Friend
Sorry, Ben & Jerry are really not your friends.
When you do become obese, if they are your only friends, they will not be there to help.
If you really do hate yourself, then you should definitely gain weight.
The more weight, the less healthy we all become.
This is proven over and over and over again.
The fat on your body is not your friend.
Fat stores toxins and produces cytokines, a substance that damages brain function.
The fatter you are, the less judgment and reasoning capability will you have.
Did you know that fat on your body takes testosterone and turns it into estrogen?
Do you hate man boobs?
It is time to deliver the baby from a man's belly.
It is time to restore testosterone to men.
We must reduce obesity, especially obesity in the belly.
Having a six pack is not for cosmetic reasons, it is for your health!
Reduce Your Obesity First
If you want to help other people get well, you better take care of yourself first.
If you don't live the message, you are a bad messenger.
So, if you are suffering with obesity, it is time to end your obesity.
Make wise decisions and prevent health crisis, especially when you know that you are vulnerable.
The brain is approximately 3 pounds in weight or 2 % of your body weight.
But, your brain uses 25 percent of the calories that you consume.
The brain is the most metabolically active organ in our body.
If you don't feed your brain the proper nutrition, your outcome will not be health.
If you want to get well, the first thing to do is to get your food right.
Even before picking up a barbell or doing a pushup, you have to get the fuel right.
You need the right food for your brain and body, literally for your mind and body.