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Your Health & Wellness, Iss #016 -- Although 2/3 of Americans are overweight, they are malnourished
November 02, 2007
(Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle)
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* Malnourished America *
There is an abundance of food in America as there has never been before. You can't go 2 blocks in Smalltown, USA without running into two or three fast food restaurants. And it's almost impossible to find a gas station that doesn't have a mini-mart too. These mini-marts are stocked with snack foods ranging from chips to pastries to sandwiches to sugary drinks.
You will also find fast food restaurants in hospitals, malls, and airports. Of course movie theaters and sporting events have their own concession stands for fattening snacks. Did I leave anything out? Are you cooped up in school? That's not a problem. There are plenty of vending machines loaded with snack foods in our nation's school systems.
It is unfortunate that the greater portion of America's food is tasty though non-nutritious fast and snack food. This includes but is not limited to processed meat such as hot dogs, ham, salami, etc., soft drinks (including juices and drinks), sugary and salty treats, and white breads and white rice.
There was a time when land of plenty meant plenty of natural bounty. At one time America's prairies and forests were overflowing with wild game. Its fields grew an almost endless variety of healthy fruits. The oceans were stocked with mercury-free fish of all kinds. Not any more. Although America is still a land of plenty, the type of plenty has changed. It is now a land of plenty of refined snack, fast, and junk foods.
The cost of this abundance of refined foods is relatively cheap. It is so cheap as a matter of fact that the greater part of America's diet is composed of it. Herein lies America's problem. The majority of its citizens are walking around malnourished.
America has not always been malnourished. It appeared on the scene riding the back of modern food technology. Food technology gave us high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which is helping to drive the obesity crisis (See...) trans fats, and monosodium glutamate.
The dictionary defines 'malnourished' as: "not being provided with adequate nutrition."
It almost seems ludicrous to think that a person who is overweight or obese can be malnourished at the same time. But it's true. A study recently published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis says that Americans receive nearly one-third of their calories from junk foods! Junk food contain a lot of sugar and salt to appeal to our taste buds.
Junk food is refined food. It begins as a whole, natural food straight from nature. It is then processed to remove the nutrients which are necessary for health. Vitamins, minerals, and fiber are stripped, and what is left is lifeless garbage that forms the basis for the food we wind up eating.
In order to preserve that food, manufacturers add chemical preservatives--harmful chemical preservatives. They also add artificial colors to give it eye appeal. And to make it palatable, artificial flavorings such as monosodium glutamate (See...) are added.
America is getting an overabundance of calories but very little nutrition. The calories are by and large empty, and lead to obesity and its complications. Sugar and artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and omega-6 fatty acids have taken the place of health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and various vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.
Just as you can't judge a book by its cover, you can't judge the health of an individual by his size. Pleasingly plump is no longer a joke nor is it healthy. The standard American diet (SAD) makes good health virtually impossible. It also makes being normal-sized for life an all too elusive dream.
Because of our high intake of empty calories, we are starving to death. The body is starving for nutrients to build and repair itself, and is finding very little. This phenomena makes a person hungry. The refined food we eat doesn't supply the nutrients the body requires so we remain hungry. Or we're hungry again soon after eating.
I remember when I was growing up that my father would always admonish his children to eat everything on our plates because 'there were children starving in Africa...' We in America are starving too. We are starving on a cellular level. Our cells are not being provided with the nutrition needed for healthy functioning.
Unfortunately, America's prescription or remedy for malnourishment is supplements and pills. Don't get me wrong. I fully believe in supplementation. But only to provide my body what it is impossible to get from food. Supplements and/or pills are my last resort, not my first.
The fix for malnourished America is a return to whole foods. Meals should be home-cooked. The advantages of home-cooked meals outweigh any disadvantages. For most, the major disadvantage of home-cooked meals is the time element. But with proper planning it can be accomplished (See...)
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The obesity crisis is global. Almost every nation is struggling with a population which is growing larger by the year.
Unfortunately this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down, let alone decreasing. The percentage of Americans overweight in 1960 was 45 percent; in that same year, 13 percent were obese.
Fast forward to the 21st century. America’s overweight percentage is now 66 percent while approximately 33 percent are obese.
Obesity is a crisis because with rising body weight comes rising risk factors for chronic disease, and the development of disease itself. Certain cancers, heart disease, and even seemingly unlikely medical conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea, and erectile dysfunction are directly or indirectly related to obesity.
Another name for type 2 diabetes is adult-onset diabetes. That’s because it used to affect mostly adults. Not any more. Rising obesity rates are afflicting children with this terrible disease. Overweight and obesity is expensive. It costs America about $123 billion per year. The average medical costs for an obese patient is approximately 25 to 35 percent greater than for a non-obese patient!
Childhood obesity statistics for America are appalling. Look at the data from the mid 1970s to 2003-2004:
Age Range Mid-1970s 2003-2004:
2 thru 5 5% 14%
6 thru 11 7% 19%
12 thru 19 5% 17%
Obesity rates in the 2 through 5 year old and 6 through 11 year old categories almost tripled! They more than tripled in the 12 through 19 year old group!
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1 Chapter One Why Can’t I Lose Weight?
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14 Chapter Three The Weight Crisis
24 Chapter Four Nutrition Makeover
43 Chapter Five Exercise to Lose Weight
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