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Medical Economics

By December 8, 2014Blog

In another article published in the Medical Economics journal entitled “The Obesity Epidemic” it states that “the United States spends about $150 billion a year treating obesity, and costs could increase substantially over the next several decades”. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010, more than 78 million U.S. adults and about 12.5 million children and adolescents were obese. In fact, the Unites States has the highest rate of childhood obesity among 30 industrialized nations. Furthermore, the annual medical costs for people who are obese are at least $1,400 higher than those of people of normal weight.

All of this evidence is very informative and points out that our culture has a significant problem; but is the solution all that difficult? You can call it the “Mediterranean Diet” or any other title; but doesn’t it come down to the simple concept of going back to eating “Real” food. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, fish and lean meats are just plain “real” food. Over the last 40 years our society has become more and more fast paced with fast food, convenient food, packaged food, junk food which is over processed and full of chemicals that disturb normal metabolic function, cause inflammation in the human system and leads to disease. It can be as simple as shopping the outer edges of the grocery store because this is where the “real” food is found.

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