The obesity epidemic that the U.S. is grappling with is possibly the hottest topics of debate this year.
Numerous studies, surveys and reports have placed the number of both U.S. adults and children that are either obese or overweight at alarming rates.
While it widely agreed that an unhealthy weight causes an abundance of health issues from heart disease, cardiovascular complications, diabetes to cancer, there is not much hope in sight for reversing this alarming trend.
Certainly, the almost national emergency status that the obesity epidemic is claiming is based on solid grounds. Such high numbers of adults and children alike being at risk for all these health issues translates in higher mortality rates and an extra burden on the healthcare system.
Unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle are also agreed to be key factors in the obesity and overweight surge. What is there left to do?
One point on which mostly everyone agrees is that the fat intake guidelines in place in the U.S. since the ‘90s needed to be changed. Proposing low fat intake was spinned into eating ‘low-fat’ labeled food, regardless of the amounts, its nutritional value or calorie intake.
This resulted in high amounts of processed foods that invaded the market, luring customers with the low-fat or 0% fat labeling. As long as it was potato-chips, highly spiced with additives, artificial flavors and coloring, yet low-fat, the balance seemed to be on the right side.
Junk food, fast food, processed food took their toll on U.S. citizens. A new set of recommendations enforced this year is hoping to reverse this trend. Yet, the effects will probably be observed on the long-run.
As for immediate solutions, there is little agreement that they exist.
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