Obesity is a recognized and well-documented problem of epidemic proportions, especially in the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the following sobering statistics regarding obesity and its impact on health:
- More than one-third of U.S. adults (over 72 million people) and 17% of U.S. children are obese.
- During 1980–2008, obesity rates doubled for adults and tripled for children.
- During the past several decades, obesity rates for all population groups—regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education level, or geographic region—have increased markedly.
The above facts are taken directly from the CDC website. Click to read more on CDC Obesity Facts
The report has shown that there has been a drastic increase in obesity rates in recent years.
In 1995, the report revealed that there were 23 states with obesity rates below 15%. The remaining 27 states had obesity rates of less than 20%. In a report published just 5 years later, however, Colorado was the only state with an obesity rate below 15%. Twenty-two states had obesity rates that had risen above the 20% mark. Then, in 2005, the report revealed that Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia had exceeded a 30 percent obesity level.
Finally, in 2009, just 14 years after the 1995 report, the report showed that 9 states registered above the 30% level. Another 24 states were above the 25% mark. Colorado currently has the lowest obesity rate in the nation, however those rates are moving up. Alabama’s obesity rate 15 years ago was lower than Colorado’s obesity rate was last year.
Health Impacts of Obesity
The increase in obesity rates throughout the United States is extremely concerning because obesity is dangerous for your health. Obesity is linked to many preventable diseases. These include heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes, according to the CDC. Obesity can even lead to cancer. Other less major but equally concerning medical problems that arise more often in those who are obese include sleep apnea, in which the sufferer actually stops breathing for short periods of time while sleeping; and high blood pressure, which can lead to problems such as stroke, kidney issues, and even a heart attack. According to the CDC, those who are obese spend about $1,400 more per year on medical bills than those who are a healthy weight.
Obesity and Acidity
Too much acidity in the body can contribute to obesity. Acidity can build up gradually due to the natural digestive and other cellular processes of the body. Unfortunately, left unchecked, this acidity can wreak havoc on the body, contributing toward cancer, aging, diabetes, and other problems.
According to Dr. Robert O. Young, Director of Research at the pH Miracle Living Center, the fat present in obesity could actually be serving as a protection against too much acidity in the body. The fat serves to absorb the excess acidity in order to keep it from harming the body. As a result, obesity could be a sign that the person’s body has far too much acidity and is trying to compensate by building up thick layers of protective fat.
Dr. Young describes the problem this way:
“Triglyceride levels are an indirect indicator of the level of tissue acidosis. High triglyceride levels indicates an acidic lifestyle and diet and a higher risk for metabolic disorders such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. Low triglyceride levels generally indicate a more alkaline lifestyle and diet and better acid elimination from the bowels, urinary tract, respiratory system and skin.”
Obesity and Alkalinity
Since obesity may be related to acidity in the body, one way to prevent and to fight obesity is to reduce that acidity. By doing so, you remove the need for your body to build up layers of fat to absorb the acid. The best way to reduce acidity in the body is to eat and drink those things that help to add alkalinity (the opposite of acidity) to your body. Dr. Young puts it this way:
“If you want to prevent weight gain, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertriglycerides then minimize lifestyle and dietary acid through an alkaline lifestyle and diet. It is that simple.”
Although obesity and related diseases are complex issues with a variety of causes, many modern day problems can be traced to diet and lifestyle. In fact, an alkaline diet, including alkaline ionized water, combined with eliminating specific foods and additives, can go a long way toward making you feel and look better.
You Truly Are What You Eat
If we take a look at food and diet any logical being can understand the reason for America’s obesity epidemic. It does not take a scientist or years of clinical trials to see the what is as clear as day.
Are you an over Acidic Eater?
You don’t have to be eating fast food to be one. If you are eating process and convenient foods which come in a box then you are. Take a look at the ingredients list, you may find things like corn, soy, and high fructose corn syrup, as well as a very long list of other man made chemicals and ingredients which I cannot even pronounce. Research is ongoing but points toward the Standard American Diet or S.A.D. diet as the reason for America’s health epidemic. Whole generations of Americans are literally eating themselves to death, gorging on processed meats and processed grains in fast food restaurants and all our boxed and processed foods at the local grocery stores. The sad thing is that back in the 1950’s when convenient boxed foods and fast food restaurants first came into existence, the ingredients used were natural and organic, the beef was of much higher quality and standards, and so where the grains. Genetically modified foods did not exist back then, factory farms did not yet exist. Thus the quality of the food was much higher, and the health consequences less severe or little to none since the quantities consumed were not excessive.
I hear the same thing every time I try to tell my parents or elderly people to not eat fast food and processed foods, they respond with “Ive been eating this all my life, there is nothing wrong with it”. It is unfortunate, they do not know what they are truly eating. Although the food looks the same, the ingredients have changed, the methods of production have changed, everything is different, it is not the same food they grew up eating in the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. If you have Netflix, there are some great documentaries that I highly recommend you watch. One of them is Frankeensteer, which chronicles how big business has taken over farming, buying up independent farms, streamlining production to reduce cost as much as possible, and how we ended up an unhealthy food supply and these chilling factory farm facts.
A Grand Experiment
While the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture would like to tell you that Genetically Modified Foods are safe there is a large and growing body of evidence which proves they are not. The 7 most common Genetically Modified Foods list Corn and Soy as the 1st and 2nd with milk as the 7th. The staples of the American Diet, and Americas Obesity Epidemic. While the debate continues one can take their own steps to eat healthier by avoiding acidic processed foods and GMO’s.
An Alkaline Diet full of Nutrient Rich Green Leafy Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Fish Oils, Fresh Meats, and Alkaline Ionized Water
You are here to improve your health, or maybe you just want to be more healthy. Maybe you have a disease like cancer or diabetes or something less serious but painful such as acid reflux disease. Maybe you are just a little overweight and are looking to change your life. Well the secret to longevity and better health is no secret at all. It has been right in front of all of us our whole lives yet is far flung to the wayside in our industrialized food system. When you go into your supermarket, where are all the fruits and vegetables and the fresh meats? Are they along to sides of the market or are they in the center of the market? Just what do you find in the center of your supermarket? It is a sad fact but the most healthiest items are placed along the sides and at the back of the market while the most unhealthy boxed and processed foods are placed right in the middle and up front and center.
You can start small by adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet. This will displace to processed foods. You can also introduce your body to ionized drinking water, such as that created by alkaline water machine. Changing your water to a more alkaline beverage is the easiest and biggest way you can take the first step to improving health and moving onto a more alkaline diet and lifestyle. The traditional Food Guide Pyramid which we were all taught in school is actually incorrect. It has starchy processed grains at it’s base and many of these grains have now become contaminated by genetic engineering leading to unknown side effects. The true food guide pyramid must be something more akin to what our ancestors ate when we were hunter and gathers. Eating mostly what we could find like plants, fruits, and green leafy vegetables as well as wild caught and freshly killed meats. This is what a healthy food guide pyramid should look like:
As you can see, in the past before we invented the modern industrialized food system with soft drinks, energy drinks, all other carbonated drinks and the many different sugary juices made from concentrate we really only had a few choices for a drink with the main choice being alkaline water. Start small to improve your diet by eating more alkalizing fruits and vegetables and start drinking alkaline water. It is the easiest way to start incorporating more alkaline elements into your lifestyle.