Americans are fat but starving

Americans are fatties. And we’re getting fatter. And though Americans are fat, they are starving. I have written in the past that Americans are suffering from full belly starvation.

How is this possible? Americans are consuming food but not getting nutrition. We’re eating fatty foods and more of them. Americans are eating per portion, on average:

  • 93 more calories from salty snacks, such as potato chips, pretzels and popcorn.
  • 49 more calories from soft drinks.
  • 97 more calories from hamburgers.
  • 68 more calories from French fries.
  • 133 more calories from Mexican food like burritos, tacos and enchiladas.

Researchers have found that not only are we stuffing ourselves when we eat out, but we eat bigger portions at home, too.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34.9 percent of U.S. adults are obese. That’s 78.9 million U.S. adults.

Blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (47.8 percent) followed by Hispanics (42.5 percent), whites (32.6 percent) and Asians (10.8 percent). Obesity-related diseases include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancers.

Many diets and weight loss pills don’t work well or don’t work at all; and some are actually dangerous to your health, even your life. Be sensible.

It’s pointless to kill yourself while you’re trying to keep from killing yourself through overeating. Reduce calories, but don’t rule out specific foods or food groups. Exercise regularly.

Reduce your weight incrementally, not in a drastic crash loss (which can put deadly stresses on your heart and other organs).

Plan to shed three-quarters of a pound to two pounds per week, but not more than three pounds per week.

The best way to do this is through proper eating. I recommend the nutritarian diet by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. He advocates at least 90 percent of the daily diet be composed of whole plant foods. At least, the diet should be 80 percent whole foods (mostly raw) and 20 percent meats. And processed foods should be avoided altogether.

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Bob Livingston

By Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston has been writing most of his adult life on matters of health, nutritional supplements, natural alternatives and social importance.