America is sick. And it’s not just the economy, or the perpetual state of war … it’s our health. The United States is the most obese country in the world, and the U.S. government is causing the problem. By prohibiting the cultivation of healthy foods in the America, allowing dangerous artificial sweeteners in our food, and putting endocrine inhibitors into our drinking water, the government has cultivated a culture of obesity.
A whopping 67 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. That’s 93 million Americans who are obese and more than 9 million adolescents who are obese. What’s more, obesity disproportionately affects women, minorities and low-income families. In the United States, 73.7 percent of blacks are obese, 69.1 percent of Latinos, yet only 62.8 percent of whites are obese. Low-income families are at a substantially higher risk of developing obesity.
Diabetes rates are growing rapidly, and it is projected that one in three children will develop Type 2 diabetes as adults. How will one-third of the adult workforce having a crippling disease affect the American economy?
All of this fat is expensive. In 2000 obesity cost Americans $117 billion, and diabetes rates have doubled since then. With government-mandated healthcare in our very near future, we the working taxpayers will be stuck with the bills for these obese poverty-stricken citizens who can’t afford their own medicine.
How can this crucial issue be fixed without a heavy-handed government mandating what we serve our children in the privacy of our own homes?
First, let’s look at how we got here. The aspartame (aka “NutraSweet”) used in our “diet” soda in place of sugar actuallyincreases the risk of obesity. Aspartame tricks the digestive tract into thinking that calories are coming, so the body increases insulin in preparation of sugar. When no sugar comes, the cells are now extra-hungry, so the next time the diet soda-drinker sits down for a meal, he eats more that he would had he not drank that diet soda.
A 2005 study conducted by Dr. Sharon P. Fowler and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center found an exceptionally strong association between diet soda and obesity. Each can of aspartame-sweetened soda consumed each day increases the risk of becoming overweight by 41 percent.
The Food and Drug Administration endangers the health of Americans by allowing aspartame into thousands of food products.
The FDA also allows genetically modified foods into our grocery stores and into our bodies without labels informing the consumer that what they are eating was engineered by Monsanto rather than evolution. How can citizens make healthy choices for themselves and their families when the government does not require clear labeling of foods?
Your food is no longer safe, and neither is your water. The government adds chemicals to your water that slows down your metabolism. Doctors have known for years that fluoride, when ingested, replaces iodine in the thyroid gland, which reduces thyroid activity. Hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, affects more than 12 million Americans, most of them women.
Dr. Laura Prestley, a PhD in chemistry, has hypothyroidism. After doing some research she decided to eliminate fluoride from her diet completely – six months later, her hypothyroidism waned, and within a year it was completely gone.
The federal government also prohibits American farmers from growing healthy foods. Hemp seed is a high-protein, high-fiber food and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, similar to salmon. Hemp seed consumption decreases LDL cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and increases metabolism.
In America we are forced to import our hemp food products from Canada because American farmers are forbidden from growing hemp in the United States. As a result, hemp foods are too expensive for many Americans, especially those at greatest risk of obesity.
The government pollutes our food and water supply with chemicals like aspartame and fluoride while preventing American farmers from growing healthy foods, like hemp, on American soil. Government is responsible for a large part of the obesity crisis in America.
There are several simple solutions to this problem that do not involve government mandates on individuals, but rather corporate responsibility and transparency.
1: Institute clear labeling of all GMO foods and products containing GMO foods.
2: Replace aspartame with a natural sugar substitute like Xylitol or Stevia, both of which are plant-based rather than chemical-based. Xylitol, a natural sugar made from birch trees, is half the calories of sugar, and fights cavities. It's even used by the U.S. Army for soldiers in war zones who can't brush their teeth regularly.
3: Educate parents and children, especially in low-income schools, about the dangers of obesity and what foods can help cause obesity.
4: Stop adding endocrine toxins like fluoride to our drinking water supply.
5: End of the prohibition on growing hemp in these United States.
To see a visual representation of the growth of obesity in the United States of the past 10 years, click here.
Hemp used to be a major cash crop in the United States. To see a movie made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the benefits of hemp, made during WWII, click here.