Greenstreet, tackles the topic of obesity, a problem of truly epic proportions
where misinformation is a major driver. According to former Surgeon General,
Richard Carmona, quoted in the film:
“Obesity is a terror [threat] within; it's destroying our society from
within and unless we do something about it, the magnitude of the dilemma will
dwarf 9/11 or any other terrorist event that you can point
Presently, a full two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity has also
skyrocketed, tripling over the past 30 years. One in three children
between the ages of 10 and 17 is now overweight or obese, and 27 percent of
young adults, 17 to 24, are too heavy to join the military.
As a result, today’s children may be the first generation whose life
expectancy is shorter than that of their parents....
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an
estimated 110,000 Americans die as a result of obesity each year, and about
one-third of all cancers are directly related to it.
Data collected from over 60,000 Canadians also shows that obesity now leads
to more doctor visits than smoking. One-in-four Americans is also pre-diabetic or diabetic, and heart disease and cancer, both of which are associated with
obesity, top the mortality charts.
Clearly, the issue of how to achieve good health has never been more
pertinent to more people. Yet despite the enormity of this problem, very little
is being done to effectively combat obesity.
The film examines the causes of obesity and suggests ways to reverse this
deadly trend. Below, I sum up my own recommendations as well.
It’s quite clear that conventional diet and health recommendations are off
the mark... Obesity and related health problems are directly attributable to
flawed diet—a diet too high in carbs and poor-quality proteins, and too low in
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