Saw an article over on Fox News Health that discussed the weight issues with Americans’ were the cause of over-eating and never exercising. I took issue with that, placing the blame solely on people’s lack of willpower.
What they don’t (and many, many, many articles, doctors, dieticians/nutritionists, talking head fitness instructors and so forth) discuss are other ongoing issues that cause weight gain and the inability to lose said weight. What am I talking about? Food structures have changed in America (GMO’s, processed foods, lack of government oversight on healthy foods/lobbyists for unhealthy foods), medications that cause weight gain, diseases/disabilities (not talking about weight as a disability, rather, life-threatening diseases that prevent exercise. There are people that choose to eat unhealthy and not exercise but i’m not talking about those (what my husband calls “Ample Americans”.)
What happened to food in America? There used to be a wide choice of healthy fruits and vegetables, healthy meat choices. Now, the federal government pays subsidies for corn syrup in all foods, GMOs that have proven to cause exploding stomachs in animals and insects, changing DNA for the worse in humans and who knows what else. I used to buy vegetables in the grocery store but stopped after a few months, switching to farmers markets after getting bloated stomach, abdominal pain, constipation/diarrhea. What happened to food? Real, natural, food? You know how I feel about that if you’ve read the extended introduction to my cookbook (free on this website).
Then there are medications whose side affects are high blood sugar, high blood pressure, weight gain, feelings of lethargy. And face it, Doctors are more than willing to over-prescribe these very type of medications to patients, who sometimes never need them. I am on anti-rejection medication/immunosuppressants (if you’ve read my biography-links on this website) that cause those very same issues. My blood sugar is out of control which has caused high blood sugar and weight gain, along with lethargy. What do the doctors do? Blame me, of course.
Something has got to change in America.