America The Obese: Is There A Multibillion Dollar Conspiracy To Make Sure Americans Stay Overweight?

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Fast Food - Public DomainAccording to Gallup, America is now fatter than it has ever been before.  But how can this possibly be?  After all, Americans spend an astounding 60 billion dollars a year on weight loss programs and products.  After putting so much time, effort and energy into losing weight, shouldn’t we be some of the healthiest people on the entire planet?  Sadly, the truth is that obesity has become a national epidemic, and we are known around the globe for our huge size.  The term “fat Americans” has become synonymous with overweight tourists, and other cultures mock us for our apparent sloth.  But could there be more to this than just the fact that we eat too much?  Could it be possible that we have been fattened up by design?

 

Before we get to that, let’s take a look at some of the cold, hard numbers.  The following are some of the statistics from the Gallup survey that I mentioned above…

-The national rate of obesity has risen to an all-time high of 27.7 percent. That is up from 27.1 percent in 2013, and it is much higher than the 25.5 percent number that we were sitting at in 2008.

-At 19.0 percent, Hawaii has the lowest rate of obesity in the entire country.

-At 35.2 percent, Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the entire country.

-The rest of the top 10 includes West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri.

And remember, those numbers just cover obesity.  You can definitely be overweight without meeting the official criteria for being “obese”.  According to CNN, 70 percent of all Americans are overweight at this point.  To say that we have a national crisis on our hands is a huge understatement.

One of the primary reasons why most of us are overweight is due to how our food is made.  The American diet is highly processed and it is absolutely packed with obesity-causing ingredients such as sugar and high fructose corn syrup.  And it is well documented that some of the additives that they put into our food are highly addictive and actually make you want to eat more.  In fact, it has been reported that some of the additives are about as addictive as “opiates“, “heroin” and “cocaine“.  The big food corporations want us to eat as much as possible, because when we eat more of their food they make more money.

Unfortunately, being overweight is not just an issue of not looking as good as we could.  As Gallup explained, a whole host of health problems are related to obesity…

The national obesity rate in 2014 was the highest that Gallup and Healthways have measured since starting to track this measure in 2008. In a handful of states, more than a third of the population is obese. Residents in these areas are less likely to eat healthily and exercise, and are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, diabetes, cancer and heart attacks. Obesity-related health problems could drive up healthcare costs and potentially have larger economic implications for states that suffer most.

The strong relationship between obesity and overall well-being suggests that interventions geared toward encouraging exercise and healthy eating, while important, may not be enough to reverse the upward trend in obesity. Gallup has found that Americans’ desire to lose weight is not matched by their efforts. The mismatch between desired weight loss and weight loss efforts may stem from deficits in other areas of well-being. For instance, if residents don’t have a strong sense of purpose, struggle financially or lack supportive relationships, it will be much more difficult for them to buy healthy food, exercise regularly and achieve their weight loss goals.

Cancer, heart disease and diabetes are all huge money makers for the medical establishment.  If you can believe it, 100 billion dollars was spent on cancer drugs last year alone.  So there are people out there that are becoming exceedingly wealthy from all of our misery.

In addition, it is a fact that being overweight shaves years off of our lives.  Just consider the following information that was shared by Natural News

Published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a study comparing young men and women of healthy weights to young obese individuals found that those who were overweight lost about 8.4 years off of their lives if they were men and 6.1 years off of their lives if they were women.

Similarly, the young obese men suffered 18.8 more years of poor health leading up to their early deaths compared to men of healthy weight, while young obese women suffered 19.1 years of poor health. Even when obesity emerged just in old age, both men and women were found to lose years off of their lives: for men, an average of 3.7 years and for women about 5.3 years.

So why doesn’t the medical establishment do more to help us lose weight and keep it off?

Well, if we were all at a healthy weight they would lose a tremendous amount of money.  Right now, if the U.S. health care system was a separate country, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet.  The sicker that all of us are, the more money the medical establishment makes.

And then of course there is the massively bloated weight loss industry.  As I mentioned above, 60 billion dollars a year is spent on weight loss programs and products in the United States.  If we were all at a healthy weight, we wouldn’t need to spend all of that money.

Tragically, most of those programs don’t work in the long run anyway.  At least that is what one scientific study discovered

In the end, the advice and products offer virtually no long-term return on investment—measured, of course, in pounds permanently lost. According to a 2006 study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, most people who participate in weight-loss programs “regain about one-third of the weight lost during the next year and are typically back to baseline in three to five years.”

So what is the solution?

The key is to make healthy choices a lifestyle and not just a one time event.

If you “go on a diet” or you “do a cleanse”, but then you just go back and do the same things that you did before, you are going to end up at the exact same place you started.

If we want to be healthy, what we need to do is to design our lives so that we are doing the right things consistently.  We need to be physically active, we need to eat healthy (lots of fruits and vegetables), and we need to avoid the things that we know will make us fat.

In the end, it isn’t that complicated.  Thanks to the Internet, there is lots and lots of great health information out there that you can access for free.  But you have got to be willing to make the right choices and to do the right things consistently.

So what do you think?  Is there anything that you would like to add to this discussion about obesity?  Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

  • kfilly

    I had a medical condition that caused me to have low testosterone called hyperprolactemia (my pituitary gland got misshaped which caused the pituary gland to make to much prolactin and not enough testosterone). I don’t know if processed food may have affected me as I have heard of some people wanting to reduce testosterone in men. Anyway, I did not have the energy to work out and my memory really sucked which is a side effect of having really low testosterone. I would have never went into a doctor if I would not have had trouble trying to have children. When the doctor ran my initial testosterone screen, he thought it was error because it came back so low. I got tested a second time. Adding my two test results together I still scored below a low testosterone level for a man. My condition is treated with a simple pill twice a week. My energy level is really high. I am working out again and living a healthy lifestyle. I was somewhat heavy set before, but I have lost a bunch of weight now that I am back to being more active. I never used to believe that people could have such simple things wrong with them that could cause them to gain weight until I lived that, and I always used to think most obese people were just lazy. I wonder how many more people there are like I was that just need a simple fix to get their life back together. I do not doubt that the food industry is in cahoots with the medical industry. Who knows what all of those processed foods do to people?

    • jsmith

      “There’s no money to be made from healthy people.”

    • disq

      Testosterone is good & bad. It is responsible for male physical development & is the reason men are stronger than women.

      In countries where they castrate males before puberty they end up looking similar to women & aren’t attracted to women. The Catholic Church used to encourage? parents to castrate their choir boys so their voice would remain high.
      Testosterone is bad because it makes men go bald & shortens their life by 10-15? years !

      Some white men have the genetics that no matter how healthy they eat, they are going to become as bald as a bowling ball. The only way to stop/reverse it is to remove the organ that makes most of the testosterone.

      Some of the native men never go bald so i’m thinking that in the future they can change human DNA to correct this flaw.

    • Joan Camara

      Everything you get from the grocery store is chemicalized. Please start buying organic everything, and you won’t believe the difference in your health, your looks, your attitude. Without hardly exercising, I lost 50pds. I started slow with organics, and now I can’t ever buy regular food again. If it’s not organic, I won’t eat it. I look better, feel better, and won’t look back. Try it. There’s so many GMO’s and chemicals in food today, it’s horrifying! Good luck…I do hope you change to organic fruits, vegetables, grain’s, and nuts.

    • toxdoc

      I explained, above, what processed foods do.
      Most people who are fat are lazy. Less than 2% have a ‘condition’.

      If I were only allowed 1 piece of advice, it would be to stop ALL sugar consumption. This is the root cause of all weight issues.

  • jsmith

    Great timing with the article Michael. One of my neighbors, a single mother with an 4 year old and an 8 year old, who by the way works as a technician in a neighborhood hospital, she handles the EKG’s, calls pizza deliveries 2 or 3 times a weeks, and the rest of the week takes the kids to McDonald”s or fast food places. She just doesn’t cook, not even breakfasts. I don’t think she knows how to make coffee! But you would think that working in a hospital she would know better. Figure.

    • n s

      cooked food kills, raw food heals (except gmo, hybrid)

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    • Quetzol-43

      The governement is brainwashing them using alien techs, more specifically a giant specie of monster with a lot of sharp teeth signed a luxury food for tech treaty with the US gov.

      The more fatties there, the more the governement gets paid and soon the aliens will harvest all the fatties for food or lay their eggs in, kinda like those wasps that burries paralysed spiders.

      It is predicted in the bible.

      • Tatiana Covington

        “It’s a cookbook!”

        • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

          I remember reading that story as a kid; i hadn’t seen the Twilight Zone episode yet, and so the ending really was a shock.

          • The Simpsons did a great send up of that one during one of their Treehouse of Horror episodes.

          • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

            I missed that; have to catch it sometime.

          • Oy! I just saw that it was originally from 1990, The Treehouse of Horror, second sketch, called “Hungry are the Damned”. The two green alien characters perhaps want to cook for/cook up the Simpsons family.

      • Joan Camara

        Stop! You don’t even know the bible! You may laugh now, but just wait.

    • T.

      Sadly, the American way in modern times has become “Do what feels good” or “Eat what tastes good”. There is no thought of concern for health and the consequences of their actions.

      • Diane9859

        I qu­it m­y old job an­d at this moment I make 85 dollars per hr. …How I did it? I work over internet! My old work was making me miserable ,s­­o I chose to take my chance with something different… After 2 yrs…I can say in great confidence it was the wisest decision i ever made! This is what i do…

    • Joan Camara

      So sad! People get addicted to fast food, the more they eat of it. And it’ll affect the minds of children, their moods, and their laziness….if this nurse would just learn about what chemicals their putting in all foods, the GMO”s,…she would switch in a heartbeat, as I did, to organic everything! I know I won’t look back…

    • jaxon64

      I know people like this nurse you speak of–and it is the ultimate catch-22; crappy, non-nutritious food leaves one sluggish, malnourished, constantly tired and consequently too tired to work all day, run errands and then go home and cook or garden— so they buy and eat instant food, pre-cooked food or fast food and the cycle continues until they hit their 40’s and 50’s and begin to have more serious health issues. It takes a willful and very dedicated effort to break this cycle and change your eating habits ( and to detox from all of the addictive and poisonous additives.)
      PS: The FDA stands for “food and drugs”—coincidence that the same entity governs both the poison that is most foods and the pharma that “treats” the effects?????? Hmmmmm..

      • toxdoc

        Very good post.
        Have you ever looked into Big Pharma stocks? Just for curiosity sake, I did. Actually, the Bush family owns most of it. As well as the biggest fresh water aquifier on Earth, in S. America.

        U.S. politicians are some of the wealthiest people in the world, and it’s all hidden. Most of this money comes in the form of sickness and war. These people are little more than vermin. They come from incest and immorality, all for the sake of their green ‘god’, money. They lust after material gain. Their sociopatheic nature has turned genocidal.

        The overwhelming American greed is now being seen around the world. Many nations are putting distance between themselves and the US.

        I dont believe in NWO crap either. It is pathetic propaganda to make ‘them’ look powerful. What I do believe is that the US is the most evil entity on the planet. It is the source of everything wrong in the world. President Putin and other significant world leaders are moving toward a world without the United States.

        If you look around, and look deep enough, into real US history, it would shock you to the core. About that “coinsidence” you speak of? You are dead on…

    • Lorna

      I’ve be­en w­or­king over int­ernet for s­ome time n­ow, by worki­ng bas­ic jobs which onl­y requ­ires from you a compu­ter an­d ac­cess to int­ernet and I a­m so ha­ppy with it… It’s be­en si­x mont­hs si­nce i star­ted thi­s a­nd i ea­rned in tot­al 36 tho­usan­d do­lla­rs… Ba­sic­ly i get pai­d close to 80 buc­ks eve­ry h­our an­d w­ork f­or t­hree to fo­ur hr­s dai­ly.A­nd gr­eat thi­ng about thi­s is tha­t you ge­t to choo­se y­ourself wh­en to wo­rk and f­or how lon­g an­d you ge­t pai­d weekly

  • iris

    Michael, could you find a list of the addictive additives? I remember being shocked at the part in the documentary, Supersize Me, when the addictive ingredient was mentioned in their cheese. I think they’ve taken it out since, but didn’t know that there are others out there. Given this article, I’d guess that almost any processed food might have at least 1.

    As far as getting healthier, I suggest doing positive things you enjoy, start with pleasant, moderate exercise you enjoy, eating healthy foods you enjoy, etc. Anything positive you can do will make you feel better, be healthier, and have a positive effect on mental and emotional health. Breaking the cycle of obesity is much easier that way.

    • Joan Camara

      Eat and drink everything organic, and see if your life changes. I lost 50lps with hardly any exercising. I felt soo much better, looked better, and I won’t every go back to regular grocery store food. It’s amazing how clean food changes your life! Bad thing was, I had to buy a whole new wardrobe. Weight just fell right off!

      • iris

        Thanks Joan. It’s spendy to go organic but better to spend the money on healthy food than a hospital bill 10 times that.

  • Undecider

    If Americans want to have zero responsibility for themselves, they will have these issues.

  • Tim

    “One of the primary reasons why most of us are overweight is due to how our food is made. ”

    I think you hit the nail on the the head.

    I eat a lot of food, yet I’m very thin. I’m 6’2″, and I weigh 160 lbs. I’ve been thin my entire adult life. I have a physically demanding job, and I have to eat quite a bit in order to keep my weight up. On a recent Saturday I ate 5,400 calories! I’m not exaggerating. The reason I don’t gain a lot of weight is because of what I eat. I eat mostly natural foods including a lot of organic vegetables and healthy fats, like avocados. I do eat some processed food, but I haven’t eaten any fast food in over 20 years. Fast food is full of unhealthy things, many of which I can’t even pronounce. In Michael Pollan’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”, he lists the ingredients in McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets. It made me glad that I quit eating fast food a long time ago. And I’ll never again eat that stuff.

    • Joan Camara

      Switch to everything organic, and see if your life changes for the better! Good job on staying away from fast food. Now if people could leave the 98% of the garbage at the grocery store alone, and eat and drink nothing but organics! Everyone would be healthy!

  • Robert

    Addictive culture. Booze, drugs (legal, illegal), TV, ride everywhere (addicted to cars).

    Vast majority of young people cannot qualify for military service due to weight and overall health. TV babysitter. Kids do not play outside. Grow up inactive.

    Family destroyed. Single parent homes. Parent too weary to prepare meals. Ignorance.

    Before obesity there was prolific use of tobacco. Thinner people. Actors thinner and healthier. Now fat actors are successful and admired. Fat is going to be a disability qualifying for social security and Medicare.

    Doomed.

  • DJohn1

    The problem for a lot of people is wheat products. The food industry has deliberately mutated the bread. Over half the products in your local grocery involve wheat in one form or another.

    A doctor wrote a book about it called Wheat Belly.
    At one time the grains we eat were pure and much more primitive.
    Insulin resistance is a no win situation. That is what Type II Diabetes is all about.
    I suggest diet has a whole lot to do with it. The mutated wheat is the norm right now.

    Yet our medical industry is totally motivated by only one thing. That is profits.
    That is both a good and bad thing at the same time.
    IF the motivation is there I have confidence that someone will cure all of our diseases.
    For instance, for 50 or more years we have used test strips to determine glucose levels in our blood. Sometimes as much as $1 a strip. No one has changed this. Why? It is profitable.
    Yet our technology has progressed to the point where there are many alternatives to test strips. They are deliberately kept expensive or unavailable by the test strip industry.
    Example would be a chip under the skin and a PDA type monitor that would keep track of the levels 24/7. When it goes over a certain number the PDA device or cell phone even might give off a beep warning you to look at the device. Then you take appropriate action.
    The chip itself could be made quite cheaply. The feature on a cell phone is as cheap as any other application.
    You do not even need a chip. A spectroscope device is also possible that would simply analyse the blood under the skin to do the same thing.
    I am not an electrical engineer. But even I can tell that those devices are very possible and have been since about 1990.
    I maintain that a cure has all ready been found and is being suppressed because of the enormous profits.
    It might be as simple as altering the immune system or metabolism of the individual involved.
    Cancer is another cash cow. I maintain that cancer is being kept at a primitive cure rate by laws that specify how we treat the disease.
    Millions of people dead? Ask the people milking the cash cows . . .

    • Quetzol-43

      No, the governement intend to sell the fatties as delicacies to giant alien monsters with lots of sharp teeth.

      The adults can eat a 300 pound fattie in barely a second.

      The more fatties, the more the governement gets.

    • disq

      most US wheat is hybrid (high yield?)
      HYBRID KILLS (but gmo is a lot worse)
      cant really explain cause im on mobile

      • Joan Camara

        All wheat in this country IS GMO!! Look it up!

        • disq

          gmo is way different than traditional hybrid. vast majority of wheat is not gmo.
          only a few species are gmo
          a lot of organic is not as good as you think (hard to comment on mobile)

    • Joan Camara

      Practically all wheat in this country is GMO. Don’t ya love it when ads say that something is healthy cause its 100% wheat! Ugh. I don’t GMO’s in my system. I stopped drinking and eating everything in the grocery store except organics, and my life changed. I lost 50pds, started looking and feeling better, and I won’t look back. Organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains, milk and diary products, etc. I won’t touch anything else!

  • chriscas

    Good points, Michael! I’m trying to fight my own “sweet addictions”. All that wonderful horrible processed food. Thanks for posting this!

  • folgers22

    No conspiracy. We’re just lazy, sedentary, over-eating people. If you just cut back on the food you eat, you’ll lose weight. If you cut out food you don’t need and eat fewer calories than your body burns, you’re going to lose weight. If you’re living off junk food, eating lots of fast food, drinking soda, etc it all adds up.
    Just for fun-try starving yourself some time. Not for a long time, just skip a meal now and then and see how you feel. You might be surprised if you get out of the habit of eating and just eat what/when you need.

    • Joan Camara

      Cutting back on food is NOT the answer. Eating only ORGANIC foods IS! 98% of grocery store food is chemicalized and GMO’s. I started eating and drinking only organic everything, and lost 50lbs. Farm animals are given hormone and antibiotic shots, and fed GMO grain. I stopped drink milk and eating dairy, and the weight started falling off then. Then I started eating all organic, and the weight just kept coming off. Either pay the price for organics, or pay a doctor in the long run. I cant tell you how much better I look and feel. Everyone was amazed, and I was too.

  • krinks

    Going by strict numbers I am obese,51 yo / 6 foot / 250 lbs. However I workout regularly including wide grip pull ups. The only way to really know if one is obese is blood work (mine has always been flawless) and a true body fat tester which doesn’t seem to exist.
    I sometimes think the obesity rate is artificially inflated to push people into expensive drugs and surgery. For marketing purposes.

    • toxdoc

      Muscle weighs more than fat so your stats are not in range with insurance company guidelines. If you were to get sick, you have the pre-condition of obesity according to their charts. This would affect your bill payment, not to mention somehow tying your ‘fat’ rating to your diagnosis.

      True story:
      Man goes shopping.
      Man gets store shopping card for discounts.
      Man buys beer and food with card.(for some time)
      Man falls on wet floor in store, seeks medical attention.
      Man fails at lawsuit, insurance wont pay bills.
      Why?
      Man is labeled a drunk because of beer purchases on his shopping card.

  • John Rose

    Yea!!! My post finally got approved. I knew Michael had to be one of the good guys since every article I’ve read by him has been spot on!

  • Quetzol-43

    The governement intend to sell the fatties as delicacies to giant alien monsters with lots of sharp teeth.

    The adults can eat a 300 pound fattie in barely a second.

    The more fatties, the more the governement gets.

  • Queztol-43

    Beware the fatiste conspiracy.

    Giant f***ing monsters from outer space with a lot of sharp teeth have a treaty with the US governement, the monsters pays for each fattie they catch (to eat) on the day of reconning, the adults can eat a 300 pound fatso in less than a second and they also lay their eggs in living victimes, that are then slowly eaten alive from the inside out.

    That someone told you this over the internets is proof enough it is true and all the deniers are all involved in the governement and corporate fatiste conspiracy, motivated by greed for the aliens technology and some platinum.

  • Pic889

    Is anyone surpised? Anything from High Fructouse Syrup to Palm Oil to Seed Oil goes into our foods. The human organism was never meant to process those things. Yes it can process them, but not without problems.

    There is a difference between taking 2000kcal eating normal food, and taking 2000kcal by eating the above.

    PS: And “no-sugar” snacks are a fraud. They contain aspartamine, which contributes to weight gain.

    PPS: A good idea is to avoid beverages and not drink too much alcholol. That glass/bottle near your plate might contain as much calories as the steak on your plate. Which in the case of beverages/drinks becomes instant fat-tissue.

  • Gay Veteran

    The Atkins diet works.
    Food companies spend a lot of money on food science to find ways to get people “addicted” to certain foods, like chips and especially Cheetoes. There was an article a few years ago about this, I think it was in the New York Times

    • Zenithon

      The Atkins diet does work, but there are much healthier ways to implement the same principals. I give that guy a lot of credit for going against the grain of what the government and popular media was spewing out for a long time, but where he left off, others have vastly improved.

      • Gay Veteran

        improved how?

        • Zenithon

          When I did the Atkins diet decades ago, it called for snacking on things like pork rinds & cheese. Eating as much bacon, shrimp, or any other kind of meat you want. There were very few vegetables that were allowed in the initial stages of the diet and almost no fruit. I did loose some weight, but ultimately it simply did not work for me, intact it gave me a very bad case of gout. I remember craving an apple so bad, but couldn’t have it. Finally, I was forced to go off of it.

          There are similar programs now that advocate the same basic principals as Atkins, but allow far more vegetables fruit & nuts in your diet. They advocate lean, low salt, healthier meats. I have adopted this approach and feel far better than I did when I tried Atkins. Maybe the modern version of Atkins allows more vegetables and fruit then it did when I first tried it a long time ago, but that is the information I am going by. Either way, I do feel that Atkins had a major impact on finding mistakes on what the so called “specialists” were telling us all to eat for so long. He is one of the giant shoulders so many of todays nutritional guru’s stand on, whether they know it or not.

          • Gay Veteran

            modern Atkins diet has changed a lot, you do not eat unlimited amounts of protein and you are encouraged to eat vegetables and fruits

          • Joan Camara

            Only ORGANIC fruits and vegetables, and the normal fruits and vegetables are sprayed with many chemicals!

          • Zenithon

            I agree for the most part. Organic is the way to go if you can afford it and if you live in a community where it is readily available. If not, I would still advocate eating fruits and vegetables that are not organic, but diligently washing them to remove as much of the pesticides as posible. Maybe stay away from certain ones that are known for heavy pesticide use. In the end, well cleaned non-organic fruits and vegetables are far superior to twinkles and doritos, so you have to do what you can with what you have. Starting your own garden and planting fruit trees is a great idea too.

          • disq

            some organic is sprayed too, just not as much usually

          • Zenithon

            Then I stand corrected. It’s good to know that his breakthrough diet adopted and improved as time went on. People like him and Jack LaLanne were way ahead of there time.

          • Joan Camara

            All farm animals are given hormone and antibiotic shots, and eat GMO grain. I stopped eating meat, and drinking milk, and diary. Started drinking all organic nut milks, or make my own. I lost 50pds, with eating and drinking nothing but organics. Look at the ingredients in weight watchers, lean cousine, jenny craigs….or ALL food at the grocery store…it’s just all junk.

          • Zenithon

            It’s not true that all farm animals are given hormones, antibiotics or eat GMO grain. Meat that is raised in a more natural way, grass fed, without hormones or antibiotics can be found. I think if you want to eat meat, you should buy high quality meat that is raised naturally. Organic is great and I’m with you on the nut milks. Also on all that prepackaged food. It tastes terrible, is expensive and is full of stuff that I would never put in my food.

    • Joan Camara

      Yeah, I wonder how many chemicals and GMO’s are in the Atkins food. Probably the same amount that are in Weight Watchers, Lean Cousine, Jenny Craig, etc. 95% of freezer foods, and all foods at the grocery store is chemicalized and GMO’s. I lost 50pds just turning my diet around. Only organics fruit, vegetables, grains, and nuts. I make my own nut milks, or buy from the honest organic companies. If everyone only knew all the chemicals their eating at the grocery store and fast foods or those “lose weight” foods….they’d run away from it. I did, and I’ll never look back.

      • iris

        Joan, could you give us a list of the honest organic companies? Thanks!

    • SAW

      yes it does! Lo carb it, and you’ll lose weight!

  • Zenithon

    Great article! You are correct, there is a lot of great information on the internet, but there is also a lot of garbage. I think a good place to start your research is with one of the best out there, Jack LaLanne. God rest his soul. That guy had it figured out decades ago and lived to the ripe old age of 96 in very good health until a bout of pneumonia took him. It does take a lifestyle change if you want permanent results. There are no quick fixes or magic pills to fix this. Mr. LaLanne used to say, “Exercise is king and nutrition is queen. Put them together and you have a kingdom”. My research and personal experience seems to confirm this. One without the other will ultimately fail.

    • Joan Camara

      95% of the food in the grocery store is GMO, chemicalized JUNK. I eat only organic, and with little exercising, I lost 50pds. People were shocked. I started looking better, feeling better, and I won’t look back. Nothing but organic fruit, vegetables, nuts and grains for me! Food is thy medicine, and medicine is thy food….that’s my saying! You can pay the price for organics, or pay a doctor in the long run. I’ll stick with organics!

      • Zenithon

        Congratulations on your weight loss! You can definitely loose weight without exercise, but if you want to feel healthy into your old age, you must exercise. For some people that might just mean maintaining there regular high activity level and for others it means hitting the gym to make up for the eight hours they sat at their desks. The human body was not built for sitting around all the time, it is built to move. In modern society, so many of us are sedentary at work and at home.

        Look up the term “skinny fat”. It refers to people who are skinny and meet all the healthy height/weight charts, but still have a lot of fat and not much muscle on there bones. In the long run they still have a lot of the medical issues that overweight people have because of their lack of exercise. I think true health is a balance of nutrition and exercise. You don’t have to be a gym rat that spends four hours a day to get proper exercise, but you do have to consistently get exercise that targets your whole body.

      • disq

        only a few species are gmo

  • RogerP77

    I have no doubt that this is exactly as planned. Not only to create the weight loss industry but also to cause a myriad of health problems that obesity brings, Also, what better way to have an apathetic population that have them too fat and tired to oppose your plans?

  • toxdoc

    Better late than never

    The article suggest processed food, so I assume box dinners, take out, pizza..the new staples of the American diet.

    Food is an industry and now a commodity.

    There is no education on food/diet in schools, not really. We are steered toward expensive “time saving” meals.
    We are manipulated. Real food takes time, preparation, cooking, serving, and clean up. Can’t do that. Too much time. We must carry on, mindlessly, with the latest gadgets, shopping, game playing, movies..never noticing the ill state of health we are in.

    Processed food has no value in the human body. You cant digest it properly as it confuses your system. Whatever your body can’ t use, it stores as fat because you are in starvation mode. Malnourished and fat. Then..

    Your body gets symptoms of illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure..even simple things like chronic headaches. You are breaking down due to starvation. Then…

    You go on medicines to relieve your symptoms. Anti-depressives because you are fat. Insulin because you are diabetic. You see? The ” food” becomes death. All because of some kind of warped logic that you are entitled to have some corporation whip up ‘meals’ for you so you can drive-up and be served..sickness and death. But hey, “happy meals” with toys right? Or..

    Pop some crappy plastic/cardboard tray into a box of radiation that literally kills real food. And you stand in front of it. Two words: Breast Cancer. Conclusion?…

    America is doomed. That entitled mentality is killing everyone, majority rules. It was designed to do just that..

    • disq

      they teach the food pyramid in US schools which is a lie made by the food industry
      they have the milk strong bones propaganda at my elementary school

    • Joan Camara

      Great comment! If everyone knew to change over to organic foods, they wouldn’t believe the difference in their health, their moods, their looks. I don’t eat anything BUT organics, I lost 50pds without hardly even exercising. Bad thing was I had to buy a whole new wardrobe. I definitely stay away from that microwave! 95% of all food is GMO, chemicalized, JUNK. I wish people would learn about good nutritious food…and how organics would change their life. I won’t look back!

      • disq

        most food is not gmo
        most organic is pay for play inspections

  • disq

    The American Family Association is the only site i’ve ever dealt with that won’t approve any of my comments on any subject.

  • Joan Camara

    I love telling people how I lost 50pds without hardly exercising. Stop drinking milk and all the diary products. Go to ORGANIC everything! Find organic milk and organic diary products. But even some of those companies are lying, so sign up for newsletters that inform you of what’s going on in the organic area. So eat organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. Your regular grocery store vegetables and fruits are covered in pesticides, herbicides, and who knows what else? Look at any label of stuff at the grocery store. You’ll see chemicals like crazy, even on a loaf of bread. Back to milk and diary, all farm animals are given hormone and antibiotic shots, and given GMO’s to eat. You want that in you? See all wheat on a package and think that’s good? NO, all wheat is GMO now. See the vitamins and minerals they put in cereal in other stuff? Their synthetic and your body can’t use them. Think you’ll lose weight with Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or Lean Couisine? Just look at the ingredients…chemicals and more chemicals. Forget it. Just find a health food store, buy organic foods, eat natural, sign up for organic site newsletters, and learn about Monsanto, GMO’s, etc. Their trying to make you fat, and sick! Grow a garden! Drink organic nut milks, or learn how to make your own. Go to youtube, and learn how. It’s simple! Make wonderful meals with organic pastas, rice..with any and all vegetables you like. Once you get started, it’s like a snowball, You’ll lose weight fast, start looking and feeling better. One bad thing I found out was you’ll have to buy a whole new wardrobe! Try it people, start slow, and you’ll love yourself more than ever!

    • toxdoc

      For most people, organic is too expensive. I recommend buying organic for the foods you eat the most of. Its a good start.
      Also, apples and strawberries must be organic, any fruit with thin skin really, but these two are quite toxic.

      True story:
      Lady buying soda at fountain at grocer, cola.
      Asked her if she knew where the bubbles came from in sodas. She said no.
      I told her they come from oil refineries.
      She stated that it was paid for and left.

  • Joan Camara

    Eat and drink ONLY organics, and see if your life changes!

  • Piglet

    Recently I spent three weeks in South Korea and I found there are hardly any overweight Koreans, although I’ve been seeing more during my visits (every other year), mainly because western fast food outlets are making great inroads in the country. Name your favorite fast food restaurant and you can probably find it in Seoul and other major cities. Anyway, Koreans are usually much slimmer than Americans because they generally don’t eat what Americans eat. Mind you, this is not the country portrayed in MASH reruns, but rather a prosperous nation with one of the top economies in the world.

    In Seoul you’ll see quite a few westerners, some of whom are Americans and some are not. For example, I encountered many French tourists. Even before you hear their voices, however, you can tell who the Americans are. They’re the fat ones.

  • Dalton

    Adding sugar to everything was evil – but not quite evil enough – now they have replaced the sugar with something far worse High Fructose Corn Syrup….HFCS is metabolized in the liver and turn to fat (not energy)…it causes Non Alcoholic Liver Disease – destroys the liver….HFCS is of course made from GMO corn…this is extremely sinister and if you read label – and you shoud, you will see all processed foods have been poisoned with HFCS…find it in everything from bread crumbs to ice cream….diabolical – poisoning of our food.

  • King Mercury

    Obesity is a terrible plague! It is especially horrible when obesity rears it’s ugly head in tropical paradise! I live in Southwest Florida, and as it appears, there is a visible portion of people even here that are overweight/obese! Obesity has absolutely NO excuse at all in tropical paradise! In mid and high latitudes, obesity would have a touch of understanding, as long, cold, and brutal winters keep many people indoors. But here in Southwest Florida, there’s no snow, there’s no deep freeze, and the Royal palms towering up to 50 feet above half the streets here, plus a decent number of Coconut palms on a few streets, in backyards, and on a few beaches, are iron-clad proof that Old Man Winter has no business here. The weather here is excellent all 12 months a year for bicycle riding, swimming, jogging, walking, window shopping, not to mention even growing some seriously healthy fruits and vegetables such as coconuts, bananas, pineapples, oranges, lemons, lettuce, peanuts, corn, and other great stuff. And by the way, the Sea-Grape also produces some seriously delicious fruits, too! I’ve even tasted Sea Grape fruits before. My description is that ripe sea grape fruits taste something like raspberries with a dash of raw broccoli.

    I also have been reading that obesity is a HUGE problem in American Samoa. Like Southwest Florida, American Samoa also has a tropical climate and 12 months a year of beautiful, warm, and sunny weather.