Poor Nutritional Choices Driving Obesity Epidemic
now living longer than ever, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). The current average life expectancy in
the U.S. rose to 77.6 years, a new record. Is this news something to
celebrate or is there trouble on the horizon?
regarding the rise in life expectancy may be short-lived, however,
according to newly-published research. Researchers at the University of
Illinois predict that within 50 years the average life span will
decline by at least two to five years. The culprit? Obesity. The
alarming rise in obesity is likely to have more impact than either
cancer or heart disease.
say this trend has shaved four to nine months off the average life span
already. Obesity currently affects at least 15 percent of U.S.
school-age children and experts expect these numbers to rise. We are
facing the troubling possibility of becoming the first generation in
modern history to live shorter lives than our parents.
People of all
ages are struggling with obesity in today's climate. "Go to any public
place and look around you," said Dr. Richard L. Becker, author of Foundations for Healing.
"You will see countless people who are desperately fighting a losing
battle with obesity. I believe that poor nutrition may be the key to
the obesity problems we are facing as a society."
nationally-syndicated television show Your Health, Dr. Becker advises
his audience to adopt holistic dieting plans to maintain health and
vitality. "It is a common mistake made by doctors to assume that an
overweight person is well-nourished," says Dr. Becker. "It has been my
experience that the vast majority of obese people are malnourished in
teaches that ancestral forces cause people to practice out-dated
dieting habits. In these modern times, food is readily available, but
our biological heritage sometimes dictates that we eat all that we can.
modern scientific advancements, the fundamental needs of humans have
remained the same for thousands of years," he says. "Proper lifestyle
changes can help reverse these harmful trends."
implementing simple recommendations for weight loss and weight gain
prevention, it is possible to get the health of our nation back on
out way too much," Dr. Becker says. "You can make your life much
healthier by simply cooking healthy whole foods at home."
recommends that people slow down their pace of eating, eat only whole
foods, and that they always eat breakfast within thirty minutes of
getting up in the morning. He also tells people to eat all they want
when they are hungry, as long as the right foods are eaten.
"The time for
discipline in weight loss is not in denying hunger, but in making the
right choices," Dr Becker says. "By making the right dietary choices,
we can hopefully reverse this trend and restore the healthy future of
America. We should all become our own doctors of wellness." Most
experts agree drastic action is needed to stop the wave of obesity that
is threatening our children.