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The Obesity Epidemic: Still an Epidemic

In the 1980s and 1990s, obesity climbed rapidly; from 1980 and 2008, the prevalence of obesity in adults more than doubled, from 15% to 34%.1 New data from the CDC shows that the speed of this increase has leveled off somewhat, but there is no evidence of a decrease.2,3

Today, 35.7% of Americans are now obese, and 68.8% are either overweight or obese. The average BMI (body mass index) of American adults is 28.7 - on the high end of the overweight range (25.0-29.9), and inching closer to the obesity mark (30.0).

Obesity is still the biggest threat to the health of Americans. The significant number of obese children and adults in the U.S. continue to fuel our high rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and even cancer, not to mention countless premature deaths.

Overweight and obesity may be commonplace, but they are not benign. The health of Americans will continue to suffer, and preventable deaths will continue to occur as long as the Standard American Diet remains the standard.

Why diets don't work
Most Americans are completely out of touch with hunger and satiety signals and addicted to their disease-causing diet. Trying to lose weight by eating smaller amounts of the same foods fails over and over; you do not feel satisfied by the small portions, and between meals you suffer from the uncomfortable cravings and withdrawal symptoms (headaches, light-headedness, etc.) associated with unhealthy foods.

A high-nutrient eating style removes addictive cravings
The key factor is that a high-nutrient eating style, based on larger amounts of vegetables, removes addictive cravings and withdrawal symptoms – health-promoting foods do not produce toxic withdrawal symptoms; and by restoring micronutrient adequacy, the desire to overeat ceases. My research has shown that increasing nutritional value brings a greater level of satisfaction, and significantly reduces or eliminates the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, leading to a change in taste preference toward healthful foods, and attainment of a healthy weight.4,5

The foods and recipes I recommend not only satisfy you with fewer calories, but also accelerate the loss of fat from the body. This is not only the most effective weight loss strategy, but is also maximally effective for disease-reversal, and enhanced longevity. Take charge of your health destiny if you (or those you care about) have not read Eat to Live, you (and they) must.

1Ogden CL, Carroll MD: Prevalence of Overweight, Obesity, and Extreme Obesity Among Adults: United States, Trends 1960–1962 Through 2007–2008. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2010.

2Flegal KM, Carroll MD, Kit BK, et al: Prevalence of Obesity and Trends in the Distribution of Body Mass Index Among US Adults, 1999-2010. JAMA 2012.
3Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, et al: Prevalence of Obesity and Trends in Body Mass Index Among US Children and Adolescents, 1999-2010. JAMA 2012.
4Fuhrman J, Sarter B, Glaser D, et al: Changing perceptions of hunger on a high nutrient density diet. Nutr J 2010;9:51.
5Sarter B, Campbell TC, Fuhrman J: Effect of a high nutrient density diet on long-term weight loss: a retrospective chart review . Altern Ther Health Med 2008;14:48-53.

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