Hormones gone wild.
Welcome to modern life to which your body has not evolved fast enough to keep pace.
Not even close.
In retrospect, this kinda all happened together.
We’re like sheep heading to slaughter, lemmings over the cliff.
Silently marching along, barely a complaint.
Just getting fatter and sicker and wondering why is it so freaking hard to lose weight?
As always, your government got involved and fucked things up royally.
In 1980, the first dietary standards came out specifically to combat heart disease which was considered public enemy #1 at that time. They used landmark studies (which turned out to be wrong) that condemned saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium as the cause for the rise in heart disease.
So began the low fat era that continues today.
What happens when you take the fat out of food?
It tastes like shit. So you add a lot of sugar to compensate.
And the low fat-high sugar race was on. All the big food companies were more than happy to comply.
You want low fat? Here ya go.
Wow, a bonanza for the food industry. The government is mandating low fat and we’ve got a cheap, abundant, very high profit alternative ready to go.
Sugar. And sugar-like things such as wheat and other grains. See the base of the food pyramid (above) that came out in 1992. Your government doubling down on the low fat myth.
6 to 11 servings per day of grains??
Note how the inflection correlates exactly with the new dietary guidelines?
Coincidence. I doubt it.
We started eating more at the same time. Hmmm.
Let’s see how this went down.
Get a better understanding of the problem by watching these videos.
Check out the individual clips at your leisure. Most are under 10 minutes long and address a single main point. All are very informative.
This is a single video of the entire presentation. About 58 minutes.
This is the first episode in the series on the epidemic of obesity. 12 minutes.
The second episode is about what happens in your body when you eat sugar. 9 minutes.
Episode 3 talks about the biochemical reactions that occur in your body in response to food and how different hormones affect hunger and satiety signals. 8 minutes.
The fourth episode describes how addictive sugar can be and how your hunger signals get messed up over time. 7 minutes.
Episode 5 discusses how the epidemic of obese infants shows that obesity genetics can be passed on from mother to child. 6 minutes.
The sixth episode discusses how modern life with its fast-paced, high stress environment is contributing to the problem. 7 minutes.
Episode 7 indicts the food system, agricultural policy and draws parallels between sugar and other controlled, addictive substances like cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. 8 minutes.
Here’s my lone disagreement. The doctor (in the videos) is a smart guy and truly sees the magnitude of this problem. He wants a solution for the good of the world because we are all affected. I know his heart is true. But he’s an academic. And like politicians, those in academia tend to see a “big fix” being orchestrated by the government.
It ain’t gonna happen. Politicians don’t solve problems. They get elected and re-elected with the help of big business. Do you really think any politician from the farm belt is going to advocate moving away from grains, soybeans and sugar?
Forget about it. If you’re waiting for intervention on your behalf, you’ll die fat.
The doctor even goes as far to say “it is impossible for the individual to do it alone.”
That just isn’t true.
People are breaking free and getting healthy every day.
Is it easy? Hell no.
It’s freaking hard! But not impossible.
It won’t. At least not in a big way. And certainly not anytime soon.
There is already a groundswell of buy local, grow your own and seek out healthy, real food as an alternative.
It’s part of the “look out for yourself” movement. Get educated and make smart, healthy decisions.
So this is driving a small but growing health economy. But it won’t save everyone.
The poor will bear the brunt of their government’s incompetence and dishonesty.
Third world nations will suffer greatly and disproportionately.
Sad but true.
Look out for your family and those you care about. Because no one has your back.
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Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 61 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Men Over 50 get lean, healthy and strong so they can be cool dads and grand dads using his signature Spartan Method system.
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