America is Fat.

No, I’m not trying to be mean. Just real with you, and the stats agree. Want to know why we’re fat? Keep reading.

Most of us know the stats. The sad stats that put us as the fattest country on earth. Not only are we the fattest people on earth, we’re the fattest people that have ever lived. So chances are, if you’re living in America, you’re fat.

Obesity Rates in the USA as of 2010 according the Center of Disease Control

The percentage of adults who are overweight, including obesity, is 69.2% and rapidly rising, according to the CDC. This is a scary pandemic that is spreading at an alarming rate. The weird thing is this disease affects Americans disproportionally to people who live in the rest of the world.

“This weight gain pattern is changing rapidly, much faster than many expected,” says Tim Evans, a health and nutrition specialist at the World Bank.

“The leading causes of death and disability have changed from communicable diseases in children to noncommunicable diseases in adults. Eating too much has overtaken hunger as a leading risk factor for illness,” says Evans in a recent report.

The reports, published on the IHME’s website, look beyond just death rates. They also chart disabilities and chronic illnesses that may not kill us, but reduce our standard of living. The big trend that emerges there is that as people live longer, those extra years are often darkened with nagging health conditions that will require medical care.


Why does living in America mean that we have to be fat and saddled with health problems? It doesn’t seem fair. Is it that we’re just lazy? Are fat Americans lazy? Society tends to label fat people as lazy, but America isn’t lazy. In fact, Americans work more hours and take less vacation than any other country on earth. If we’re so hard working why can’t 70% of us lose weight?

As with anything, it’s never quite as simple as we would like it to be. We always hope, myself included, that the answer is simple. We hope and we trust. We trust that the answer lies in some new juice from the Amazon, or a diet pill, or whatever the next gimmick is.

More often than not our trust is misguided, as the stats show. The average person that goes on a diet is 5 pounds heavier one year later.

The core of the issue is that we are being poisoned. We are being poisoned fat. Food companies, the government, and our own ignorance is poisoning us fat.

As we get increasingly more poisoned (toxic) our body must hold on to adipose (fat) as a storage mechanism to hold on to the accumlated toxins.

So we go on a starvation diet and exercise – lose 30 lbs and then gain back 35. Why? Because we’re more toxic. Our body needs more fat to buffer more toxins.

As the Washington Post reported in 2007: “Several recent animal studies suggest that environmental exposure to widely used chemicals may also help make people fat.”

Here is a short list of some of the worst chemicals that are making us fat:

Monosodium Glutamate has been linked to obesity. What is it in? Almost all processed food. The food companies know that you’re hip to the MSG label so they hide it under names like Yeast Extract, Herb extracts, Spice extract (basically any extract), Soy Protein Isolate, flavor enhancers…

From a study that was just published in the New York Times:

Researchers studied 752 men and women in three villages in northern and southern China where most people use little commercially processed food, but where about 80 percent of people add MSG in cooking.

After controlling for body mass index, smoking, physical activity and almost two dozen measures of daily nutrient intake, they found that the one-third of people who used the most MSG were almost three times as likely to be overweight

The mechanism for the connection, published in the August issue of Obesity, remains unclear.

Guess what? MSG is still in almost all processed foods in America.

Pthalates – commonly used in many plastics – have been linked to obesity. Your body interprets it as an estrogen (the hormone that makes us gain fat and water). Almost all food is packaged in plastic, we heat food in plastic, plastic is everywhere.

Hormones, Antibiotics and Chemicals that disrupt hormone levels are in most of the meat we eat these days. Modern corn-fed beef also contains much higher levels of saturated fat than grass-fed beef. So the meat we are eating is also making us fat.

Arsenic may be linked with obesity via its effect on the thyroid gland. Arsenic is given to pigs to fatten them up, and we end up ingesting it on our dinner plate. It’s ending up in other foods as well.

Pharmaceuticals and medications are ending up in a our water. People take meds and pee into the water. The cities recycle the water but can’t get all the meds out. These meds make us fat. Then they add chlorine to sanitize the water which is a known thyroid receptor blocker.

High fructose corn syrup – A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners make you fat but not all are equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.

Basically, it sucks. The odds are against us. Hence, why 70% of people are overweight.

To try to find a diet pill that is going to reverse our exposure to these chemicals is impossible. You cannot reverse what you’ve done with a caffeine pill, a bad diet, or too much medication. What is done is done. Health never comes from a medication or a procedure. Health comes from eating healthy food, exercising, and moderation.

The good news is that our body has a mechanism for protecting us from all the negative effects of these chemicals but it easily becomes overwhelmed. That mechanism is healthy digestion.

In the next blog we’ll discuss how the 100 trillion good bacteria can get you to detoxify all the chemicals and help you literally shit your way back to health and being skinny.

Dr. Timothy Weeks

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