“Rural living could be an obesity risk factor.”
That was the headline of a 9-14-12 article in the Los Angeles Times. Here we go again—talking about risk factors—more “confusion over clarity.”
In a previous blog, I wrote about the fact that there are now 12,000 named diseases in the United States. And with ten risk factors for each, all we have to do is manage 120,000 risk factors in order to be healthy.
It is clear that this never-ending focus on risk factors is not working. Obesity, diabetes, and the cost of health care continue to go up every year. And why is that? To put it simply, we’re eating the wrong food—in the country and in the city.
Let’s first take a look at the data from the article: “About 70 million Americans, or 23% of the population, live in rural areas. The researchers found that 39.6% of them are obese, while 33.4% of urban residents were obese. Including overweight people as well, the comparative totals were 70.8% and 67.1%, the study said.”
The factors at work could be the “cultural diet” of rural America, as well as the isolation that often exists, said the lead researcher, Christie Befort, assistant professor of preventive medicine and public health at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
That diet includes “rich, homemade foods,” with lots of meat and desserts, she said. Rural Americans typically consume more fats than their urban counterparts, the study found.
Another factor could be the increased mechanization of farm work, Befort said. Older generations showed less disparity in weight than younger ones – older farmers would have put in more manual labor, she said.
To me, this article was a joke—just another example of the steady stream of confusing articles about our food and our health. It’s time to get real simple and clear up all the confusion. How much simpler can you get than two words? WHOLE PLANTS!
- Source article. Rural living could be an obesity risk factor – latimes.com.
- Earlier blog. Obesity—now threatening the future of the planet
- Earlier blog. HBO Obesity Special Bottom Line—Confusion over Clarity
- Earlier blog. HBO Obesity Special: How important is the messenger?
- Earlier blog. Is obesity the new normal? And whose fault is it?
- Earlier blog. Managing “risk factors” and reducing “serving sizes”…
The Bottom Line. Whether you live in the city or the country and whether you get a lot of exercise or you’re sedentary—if you want to avoid obesity, you need to start by eating the right food. That’s the food that nature intended for us to eat—whole, plant-based foods, still in nature’s package. This handy kit will get you started.
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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