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Obesity Epidemic

Question: Is the obesity epidemic full of myths or "truths"? I want to know if many of the health risk claims about obesity has some truth to it or just myths. If so, does diet, religious beliefs, and/or genetics contribute to the obesity epidemic that is presented in the United States, according to the media?

Answer: The CDC has a slide show, at the link below, that shows the progression of the obesity epidemic, from 1985-2008. In 1985, the highest State rate was 14%. 1991 19%, 1997 >20%, 2001 >25%, 2005 >30%. Our genes don't change enough in twenty-five years to account for the increase. I don't know of any rapidly growing religion that encourages their members to gain weight. Has our diet changed enough to account for the increase? Let me count the ways. These numbers are for the adult population, so we can look for changes since about 1970. The proliferation of fast food joints and pizza establishments is one obvious change. Watch the video, "Super Size Me". The ubiquitous partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Encouraged to switch from butter to trans fat laden margarine. Highly refined corn, soy, canola or cotton seed oil in nearly all prepared foods. Genetically modified "foods". About 85% of our corn and 93% of our soy, has been genetically combined with other species. There have been no human studies that show these things are safe. The only human test was with people who had had colostomy's. They were fed a meal with GM corn and soy and their colostomy bag contents were checked. Their gut bacteria had been changed to start producing pesticide. High fructose corn syrup, hfcs, was introduced about 1975. It has been very successful so that now, fructose is the number one source of calories in America. Read the label on your packaged food. One problem with fructose is that it causes leptin resistance. Leptin is the hormone that signals the brain that you've had enough to eat. Without that signal, you continue eating.

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