Comforts of modern civilization come with many unintended consequences. Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are one of them: According to The World Health Organization, NCDs are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, killing 36 million people each year. Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths, or 17 million people annually, followed by cancers (7.6 million), respiratory diseases (4.2 million), and diabetes (1.3 million).
Chemical Case for Obesity
In the United States we breed one of the most obese populations in the world with our 36% obesity rate started threatening the country’s National Security. Although NCD associated with overweight and obesity are often the outcome of poor diet and sluggish lifestyle, the root of the problem is much deeper than just in personal responsibility level: A few weeks on fast food may drastically change human biochemistry in a way that a person becomes ADDICTED to it on biochemical and hormonal levels. This knowledge was recently brought about by Robert Lustig, an internationally renowned UCSF pediatric endocrinologist, in his millions views YouTube video Sugar: The bitter Truth and his excellent science-backed book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease that I highly recommend you to look into. In the book he also emphasizes importance of minimizing adverse health effects of environmental obseogens as one of the critical factors that, along with sugar over-consumption, should be taken into account in your attempts to fight obesity. After all, sugar and HFCS is just a couple of bulk sweet chemicals among over 3000 others in the American food supply.
Avoid Chemical Food Surrogates
Yes, we face huge global environmental issues: We have to breathe with increasingly chemically polluted air; we drink increasingly chemically polluted water with the chemicals like Bisphenol A, which are nearly impossible to avoid and we eat fruits full of pesticides! Now here is a question: Why are we so humble (or so stupid?) like slaves to accept eating thousands of needless chemicals intentionally added to our food? Fast and junk food industries enjoy lucrative profits selling their chemical food surrogates to us for hundreds of billions of dollars a year whereas in the same very time America, as a nation is brought on a brink of physical (or chemical?) self-destruction. It is now vital for survival of this country that every American is educated about what we should and should NOT put into our body. Many people fail to see this as a serious health issue since there are no immediate short-term toxic effects but rather chronic long-term effects that many of us will live to regret in the future. This is another good reason why Dye Diet is focusing on raising public awareness of the detrimental health effects of eating chemically modified foods and developing the Dye Diet Nutrition and Risk Calculator as a free tool designed to help avoiding chemical food surrogates. “Better Safe Than Sorry!” – one of the simplified formulations of Precautionary Principle says.
Recent studies show that more than 1/3 of our population is obese which leads to heart attacks, hypertension, stroke, diabetes and other miserable conditions. This not only causes suffering but also slows down productivity, economy and competitiveness not to mention increase in all the allocated funds (> $150 billion!) to support medical cost. Why spend money on unhealthy food just to find out that you have to spend even more money to keep up with your health in the future?
Small Changes We Can Make
The combinations of myriads of chemical food additives with large amounts of carbohydrates that are found in fast food, sodium in processed or frozen food and even more sugar in carbonated drinks are a recipe for disaster. We should all start making small but healthy changes to our diet. Start cooking at home; nothing is better than freshly cooked food and you can also practice portion control. This will definitely bring about good signs to your overall health. The second thing would be your lifestyle. Start being physically (and intellectually!) more active from a simple things such as walking more, reading useful interesting books, doing house chores, and taking the stairs whenever possible instead of the elevator or ramp. These prolonged efforts will eventually raise your daily energy expenditure which is what we ultimately want to achieve. You will feel much better after exercising, more refreshed and more confident. Maybe rejuvenated too! All these factors have to be applied together to achieve better gain to your health status. The most important thing that you should keep in mind is to make it a habit which will eventually change your life for better.