Since the 1970’s, the percentage of people in the US who are overweight or obese has doubled. This is an alarming statistic especially given the fact that the obesity rates of our children are increasing just as rapidly. What has happened since the 1970’s?
1) The explosion of processed foods: convenience foods and fast foods filled with high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and trans-fats are slowly killing us.
2) Technology: unfortunately technology has lead to inactivity. Most of us sit in front of a computer most of the day.
3) Sitting in front of a computer all day also leads to lack of sunshine which causes Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is linked to obesity. Even in sunny Florida, most of us have insufficient levels of Vitamin D.
4) Our busy, fast-paced society sets us up for Chronic stress. Elevated stress hormones like cortisol contributes to the deposition of belly fat which sets the stage for a host of health concerns such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
5) Our busy, fast-paced lifestyle also leads to inadequate sleep. Lack of sleep also has a strong correlation with obesity.