Health and Wellness Blog Obesity, Opioid Crisis, and Depression
Health Wellness Blog Series Part 1 Obesity
Living in the USA we expect our lives to be better than the rest of the world. Sadly, that is not always the case. A recent report focusing on the three leading emerging health problems that threaten individual happiness (obesity, the opioid crisis, and depression) are shown to be growing the fastest in the United States.
Obesity is now a global epidemic, and America’s obesity epidemic is extreme in comparison with other countries. Here are some startling facts about obesity in our nation. America’s rate of adult obesity is by far the highest, standing at an estimated 38.2 percent in 2015. The second highest? Our southern neighbors – Mexico – with 32 percent of their population biggie sized.
Frankly speaking, how did we get so fat? Easy. The intake of snack foods soared between 1977 and 2012. Diets with high sugar intake and high glycemic loads are obesogenic (tending to cause obesity) and raise the risk of metabolic diseases such as adult-onset diabetes.
Sugar addiction also disrupts the serotonin pathway that is responsible for the psychological sense of contentment. So, in summary, sugar is a toxic and addictive substance, that has been dangerously foisted on an unsuspecting and poorly informed public by the U.S. government and the fast-food industry. Thanks Uncle Sam – oh, and then there is the fact that we the people actually ate this stuff (and in abundance it seems).
To make things worse – if possible – studies have found that obesity is a significant predictive factor for subsequent depression, while depression is a predictive factor for subsequent obesity. Helpful Tip: Next time you are in line for some fast-food ask them to hold the sugar and sadness…
We know that dietary sugar was added both for taste and for increased shelf-life (such as for baked goods). High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS, roughly half glucose and half fructose) was improved (and that’s interesting in by itself) in the 1960s, and the FDA approved HFCS as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) in 1976.
The result? The use of HFCS as a low-cost sweetener and sugar both soared. That’s a lot of “empty” calories. Coffee consumption gave way to sugary soda consumption – sorry Starbucks. The results have been disastrous for obesity and diseases such as adult-onset (type-II) diabetes and has built a nation of grossly overweight children.
So how did this happen? Don’t we know better? After all, fat people know they’re fat. And they know why they’re fat. They don’t need to be told, shunned, or humiliated. They get it. (Size discrimination touches all races, genders & socioeconomic levels.) Despite big brother interventions like menu labeling requirements, public awareness campaigns about the dangers of sugary soda, (the debatable New York Soda ban), zoning regulations to limit the prevalence of fast food restaurants and “food deserts” in poor neighborhoods, we are weighing more.
Closer to home (for us at Corporate) Oklahoma has the ninth highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released August 2017. Oklahoma’s adult obesity rate is currently 32.8 percent, up from 20.1 percent in 2000 and from 10.3 percent in 1990. Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, corn, white gravy, and a dinner roll the size of a saucer anyone? Throw it back with some pecan pie and a homebrew and there you have it.
Why can’t we lose weight? Well, if you buy into an unsustainable diet (just eat 500 calories a day) or some insane fad (only eat one boiled egg before 4:00 am and one grapefruit every other day), you are going to fail.
What does work? It differs for each individual, but of the best research on what works for weight loss comes from the National Weight Control Registry, a study that has parsed the traits, habits, and behaviors of adults who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for a minimum of one year.
These guys found people who have had the most long-term success at losing weight share a few habits: they weigh themselves at least once a week. They exercise regularly at varying degrees of intensity, with the most common exercise being walking. They restrict their calorie intake, stay away from high-fat foods, and watch their portion sizes. They also tend to eat breakfast. But there’s was no “best” diet or fad diet that did the trick.)
I have to agree with them. But I feel it necessary to add that all of this will be better if you start off with a solid foundation and a realistic goal. Yep, and here comes the plug. Our Foundation Capsule product works to provide you with what we call the multi-vitamin of the plant-based flavonoid world. It provides a good base (foundation) to begin eating right. You might even start to feel better (most likely you will start feeling better). And when we feel better we make better decisions. Such as eating minimally processed foods. Or deciding to throw in a daily walk around the block or whatever makes you feel best. Start there and you will be building a foundation to stay out of the 38.2 percent.
This Blog was compiled by Gloria J. Tedrick. It contains facts and figures and hopefully provided a smile along the way.