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Beating the Obesity Crises



Everyone aspires to be happy and confident in his or her own skin. However, it is also true that many people don't know how to get there. Even though numerous studies have been published and many health professionals have publicly discussed the correlation between a healthy nutrition plan and a healthy and lean body, many individuals still fail to link this connection.


The truth is that eating has become relatively easy in the last few centuries. We no longer face starvation if we don't go out into the harsh elements and spend hours hunting, farming, or gathering food. You can find food almost anywhere! Nearly every street corner features a food truck, restaurant, convenience store, or supermarket. Thanks to advances in technology, we can now produce food on a massive scale. Oh did I forget to mention how delicious all this food is?!


This is all simply amazing considering that there are so many fewer people at risk of hunger. However, with all this food available, it has become incredibly hard to make informed nutritional choices, including what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat.


Some people find it extremely difficult to exercise self-control when food is readily available. The stomach simply takes control over the brain and we seem to lose our ability to make rational decisions about what we eat. There is a name for this phenomenon: mindless eating. A classic example is observed during buffet restaurants, where people can perform mini-miracles and squeeze in three or four more plates than what their stomachs can handle! This mindless eating, combined with the exponential growth of the food industry over the last century is the reason why it is such a mess and we have such a high rate of overweight and obesity.

 

Scientific Fact


According to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study in 2017, overweight and obesity numbers doubled since 1980 to the extent that a third of the world is now classified as overweight or obese.


 

How can we stop this modern-day pandemic? Through learning! People can make the right decisions if they have access to accurate information. This blog was created to aid in the pursuit of knowledge by critically examining recent scientific findings related to nutrition. I only hope that through my writings, there will be more people who are leaner, healthier, and of course, happier!


Reference


Global Burden of Disease Collaborative Network. "Global burden of disease study 2017 (GBD 2017) results." Seattle, United States: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) (2018).

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