Reviewed March 2017
Obesity has overtaken smoking as the major health burden in the U.S. It’s amazing to me that now — what we call in my profession the morbidity — mortality curves for smoking and obesity in the U.S. have crossed, and so now obesity has become the greater health threat — at least as measured by something in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Now, it’s very wonderful that the prevalence of smoking has declined 18.5% from 1993 to 2008, but the number of obese people, obesity, by the way, is defined as a body-mass index greater than or equal to 30, and you can find those body-mass index charts all over the Internet. But that rose, the number of obese people rose by a steady 85%.
Some of this is simply because our food supply has had so much sugar added to it. Jorge Cruise, in his very practical book, The Belly Fat Cure, points out that from 1972, until now, there has been a 10,000% increase in the amount of high fructose corn syrup that’s been added to the diet. Contrary to what you’ve been told, fat does not make you fat. It is sugar that makes you fat.
So I want you to start counting the amount of sugar you’re eating. And to do that, you can get Jorge Cruise’s book, published by Hay House, and obesity does not need to be your destiny at this particular time.
If you have stopped smoking and you got fat, the only thing you need to do is go on a low-carb lifestyle, which I will be talking about in future podcasts, and also it’s all over my book, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, and The Wisdom of Menopause.