“The emergency flag has gone up! We are not doing nearly enough.”
This is a direct quote from Kelly Brownell, the Dean of Stanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. What could this be about?! American obesity. Yup, you heard me right. It’s THAT bad.
The obesity level in America has increased 5% in the last 10 years which means that 38% of Americans are considered obese. What’s even worse is that 17% of all children ages 2-19 years of age are obese. It also seems like people of color have been hit the hardest; 57% of all black women and 46% of all Hispanic women are considered obese. We are not talking “overweight” but obese.
What is the definition of obese and how does it differ from overweight? Obesity is defined as a “bodily condition marked by excessive generalized deposition and storage of fat and having a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or more” whereas overweight is “a condition where the person weighs more than what is considered normal for that height, age, and sex with a BMI between 25 and 29.” In simpler terms: Obese= excess fat. Overweight= extra weight. There are a lot of health risks that come along with being obese such as: coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and hypertension. All which are fatal.
Okay, we’ve got your attention.
It would be easy to fix this alarming issue if there was one clear culprit, but as with most issues in life, nothing is that simple. The causes are many and likely very interconnected with power structures, current lobbying efforts, and million dollar ad campaigns that brainwash us into thinking synthetic foods are just as good as pure, organic foods.
But with knowledge comes power.
This is a multifaceted problem and once you start digging, you find yourself going down a rabbit hole as you learn how we got to this point. Take a look at farm subsidies with corn and soy that make those two so ubiquitous in our food supply. Look at the benefits given to (so-called) conventional farmers that use pesticides while organic farmers are forced to shell out tons of money to get certified. Examine the demographics of the areas that have “food deserts.” Pay attention to what children are being fed in our public schools and hospitals. Note that our Medical Industry does not teach nutrition or a proactive approach to health (in most cases), but rather profits from drugs and surgeries. When you look closer you will see that nothing short of a revolution can get us our nation on a new track. A Real Food Revolution!
Here are a few things you can do to help make a positive influence:
1. Knowledge is power! Get educated and to share your knowledge. Learn from people you can trust as to what to avoid and what foods and lifestyle habits to incorporate. Read books like “The Green Foods Bible” by David Sandoval for a better understanding as to how green foods are integral to the Real Food Revolution (spoiler alert – they make every system in the body work better!). Read books like “The Real Truth About Vitamins & Anti-oxidants” by Judith De Cava and “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD for information on why you need to get nutrients from whole foods as opposed to “enriched” foods & so-called multivitamins, and why you want to limit animal fat to less than 20% of your diet, respectively.
2. Vote with your dollars – The best way to help the Real Food Revolution is to make sure you are not contributing your money to companies that use artificial ingredients or other potentially harmful ingredients. The more we avoid GMO corn, and soy, for example, the less marketable it will be. Start reading the labels! Genetically modified corn is in cornstarch, high fructose corn syrup (which is trying to sneak on our labels via another name!), popcorn, etc. Soy is used in lecithin and many other derivatives. Stay up to date on the latest food news and only support companies you can trust.
3. Break your food addictions – Don’t let synthetic food companies keep their stronghold on your diet! Food scientists spend countless hours crafting their products to get you hooked on their creations that are packed full of sugars, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. Refuse to be brainwashed by clever marketing campaigns and chemically-addictive foods. It is no secret that most of the foods they create are often more addictive than heroin!
The best way to teach our children how to live by the tenets of the Real Food Revolution is to live it ourselves. As a way to help make it easier to jumpstart a personal Real Food Revolution, David Sandoval has created a very unique 10-Day Transformation Cleanse. Originally designed to help save the life of a 900 lb Sumo wrestler named “Tiny,” this anabolic cleanse can help retrain your taste buds, help you break your junk food addiction, fuel your body with nutrient-dense superfoods, and start you off for a healthier and happier lifestyle. It’s not going to be easy, the 10-Day Transformation is definitely a journey in all senses of the word… but it will be worth it. Your future self (and your children and grandchildren) will thank you!