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Top Challenges to Eliminating Unhealthy Foods

Tuesday, May 31st 2022 10:00am 8 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Obesity is a prime cause of preventable chronic illnesses, and your diet is a huge factor in maintaining a healthy weight. Americans have increasingly adopted a diet high in ultra-processed foods and sugar. One reason for this is that only 10 food manufacturers control the processed food aisles in your local grocery store.

Many of these processed foods are made with genetically modified crops, which now comprise 70% of all crops grown in the United States. And, 70% of the American diet is processed foods, leading to many chronic health conditions.

Government policies began favoring large corporate growers in the 1970s, and now conglomerates control agriculture and seed supplies. This includes big pharma. It’s a vicious cycle: they control the food and supply drugs to treat chronic illness.

Americans have replaced saturated fats with sugar, white carbohydrates, and vegetable and seed oils had had a profound impact on the increasing number of people with chronic illness and obesity. It is incredibly important to select your food choices wisely.

The 2015-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) recorded the highest rate of obesity ever documented by the survey β€” 39.6% of adults with obesity. Those numbers continue to increase. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 42.5% of adults 20 and over with obesity in 2017-2018.

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