The American Medical Association has most recently determined obesity to be a diagnosable disease. The problem with this is it is estimated that only 6% of healthy professionals are trained to treat obesity. The biggest concern and fear is that the decision “will prompt people to further identify obesity as a purely medical problem, and one that is best treated by pharmaceuticals or surgery,” leaving the root causes—social and environmental influences—untreated.
Whether the AMA made the right call depends on whether it “will reduce the number of obese Americans and the gravity of their obesity,” says Alan Sager, a School of Public Health professor of health policy and management. And take-two-pills-and-call-me-in-the-morning hasn’t worked to date to stem the wave of weight, he says: “Doctors have never been the most powerful actors in combating obesity,” which has mushroomed because of such things as the cost and distribution of good foods and changes in exercise patterns.
Experts say the disease designation is justified by research showing that weight gain in animals correlates to damage in the gut-to-brain signaling system. “The body does not recognize how much fat is being stored,” she says. “Therefore, you do not feel full, and keep eating.” One cause of this is artificial ingredients in food, that the body can not recognize what to do with. This leads to the body creating fat cells to store the toxins away. People have been led to believe that sugar free and calorie free doesn’t cause weight gain, which is totally false, it’s actually the exact opposite.
Above I have listed the latest research published, however, this study still offers NO solution to the problem. The experts who allowed this change to take place feel that surgery and medication can be provided to help, now that obestity is officially a diagnosable disease. However, we are still just treating the symptoms, and not the cause, which has America in the health care crisis we are currently facing. When less than 6% of doctors are trained on the prevention and treatment of obesity, how are we supposed to provide a successful solution. Our medical profession is lacking education on diet, lifestyle, deficiencies and toxicities. And guess who is paying the price for this lack of knowledge, the American population. 1/3 of the American population is considered over-weight or obese, and yet insurance will not cover nutritional counseling until one is diagnosed with Diabetes or Obesity. By that point, isn’t it a little too late?
Here are some tips for preventing and reversing Obesity, by treating the cause, and not the symptoms.
- Keep blood sugar stable. Eat a lean protein every 2-4 hours with a complex carbohydrate. Do not eat carbohydrates by themselves, even if they are healthy complex carbohydrates.
- Add fiber such as raw vegetables, raw nuts and fresh or frozen fruit to help you feel “full”
- Drink enough water, half your body weight in ounces is recommended.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners such as nutrasweet, aspartame, sucralose and high fructose corn syrup. These artificial sugars are thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar, which actually trains your brain to crave sugar and become addicted to sweetness. These hormones block the secretion of leptin, which is a hormone that tells you when you are full. Studies show people who drink soda and artificial sweeteners have a statistically higher rate of being obese, and people who drink water statistically lose weight faster.
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