It’s time to wake up and DO SOMETHING about the obesity epidemic in America. Just last month, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the obesity epidemic is worse than they thought:
- One third of Americans are obese
- One third of Americans are overweight
- Right now 1 in 10 American adults have diabetes. By 2050, the CDC estimates that 1 in 3 adults will have diabetes!!!!
These statistics are shocking and anyone would agree that something major needs to be done. We don’t need government statistics to tell us there is a weight problem. All one need do is take a look around the local mall, food store or public beach. The majority of people, adults and children alike, are over-weight or obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention registers the rate of childhood obesity at 20%. They are reporting on obesity, not just overweight! Our children are the future of America… and the future of our country is getting bigger and sicker before our eyes.
So, what is the US government being done about the serious and escalating epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes? Well, the CDC has a program called the National Diabetes Education Program (or NDEP). NDEP is helping to bring about awareness of type 2 diabetes in an effort to stop this epidemic from spreading. The website for NDEP offers good general statistics about diabetes and pre-diabetes. But the most important thing that’s missing (which is the KEY for successfully controlling and preventing type 2 diabetes) is the right lifestyle plan. The NDEP website states:
Use your diabetes meal plan. If you do not have one, ask your health care team about one.
- Make healthy food choices such as fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, chicken or turkey without the skin, dry peas or beans, whole grains, and low-fat or skim milk and cheese.
- Keep fish and lean meat and poultry portion to about 3 ounces (or the size of a deck of cards). Bake, broil, or grill it.
- Eat foods that have less fat and salt.
- Eat foods with more fiber such as whole grains cereals, breads, crackers, rice, or pasta.
Can you believe these are their recommendations? What the heck are they actually recommending? There is no guidance on how to stop the metabolic mayhem of uncontrolled Metabolism B, no information on how to reprogram the pancreas/liver for normal insulin release, no guidelines on how to maintain blood glucose and maintain weight loss. The very foods that cause blood sugar to rise, crash, and fluctuate (fruit, cereal, legumes, crackers, rice, pasta) are what is being suggested as foods to increase. There is also focus on limiting the two macronutrients that do not aggravate insulin or blood sugar; lean protein and heart healthy fats. In short, these basic guidelines are…BACKWARDS.
Diabetes Month is in November. By next November, I will have released my breakthrough book on the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes; The Diabetes Miracle. We are anticipating its release in September, 2011. Until then, please spread the word to everyone and anyone….the diet that will prevent the progression of pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes and get blood sugar under control on as little medication as possible is The Metabolism Miracle.
I have sent the program to the Massachusetts Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Harvard’s Nutrition Committee (at their request), and the CDC. I am told that the MMA and New England Journal are reviewing the Metabolism Miracle. It is time for the medical community in the US to recognize the program that truly does make a difference. They owe it to us, they owe it to America’s children. It’s great that the CDC is recognizing obesity and diabetes as serious problems….now it’s time for the CDC, AMA, and ADA to recognize the answer.