The Richest Country in the World is Suffering from Starvation and Obesity?
The AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center team and Dr. Dalal Akoury offer - Solutions to the Obesity Epidemics-
Is the Riches Country in the world suffering from starvation and obesity? The answer is you cannot lose weight if you are starving your cells. Food is the building block for every protein manufactured in our sophisticated bodies. NOT HAVING ENOUGH TO EAT CAUSES OBESITY, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Most of us think that this chronic obesity epidemic is fueled by abundance, but it is the contrary. It is fueled by food rich in empty calories but poor and scarce in quality essential elements.
Obesity is born as a result of shortage and insecurity, not wealth and abundance of quality food. So obesity is a product of poverty – not excess. Right now, America is suffering from the highest levels of poverty and food insecurity that it has seen in more than a decade.
In 2008, 49 million Americans—including 16.7 million children—lived in a home at risk of not having enough food on the table every day. Currently, here in the wealthiest nation in the world, one in five children live in poverty, one in four children live on food stamps, and one in 10 people don’t know where their next meal will come from.
The Census Bureau recently reported that the nation’s poverty rate increased to 14.3 percent in 2009—the highest level we’ve seen since 1994. The poorest areas of the country are also the sickest and have the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, and premature death. These people are dying younger, and life expectancy is plummeting in the poorest states. These states also happen to be the fattest.
The AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center-Team and Dr. Dalal Akoury reflect No Wonder Your Still Hungry- and cannot Lose the Weight,
People are still going hungry when they eat a double sized McDonald’s burger! For a large portion of Americans, poor social and economic status also means bingeing on cheap, sugary, starchy, fatty calories in order to avoid hunger. The majority of people in this richest country in the world are still consuming an excess of nutritionally depleted, cheap calories from sodas, processed foods, and junk food. These folks scarcely eat whole, fresh foods at all, and for good reason: We have made calories cheap, but real food expensive. Healthy food does not need to be expensive… We can have small gardens, even in a limited spaces! (Gardens can be raised even in window sills)!
We need to raise the awareness & rethink how and what we feed our nation! How are we fueling the plagues of diseases like obesity, which consume us?
The AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center Team and Dr. Dalal Akoury explain that-Empty Calories are Only Fillers- to loose fat, to loose weight eat dense high quality Calories.
Almost $300 billion of government subsidies support an agriculture industry that focuses on quantity not quality, on producing cheap sugar and fats from corn and soy that fuel both hunger and obesity. These calorie-rich, sugary, processed foods are what most people buy not only because of lack of money but also because these foods are very addictive, especially if introduced very early in infancy and early newborn lives. You can fill up on 1200 calories of cookies or potato chips for $1, but you’ll only get 250 calories from carrots for that same $1.
Empty calories are only fillers. The 250 dense calories are more beneficial for your bodies, your brain, and your wellness. Teaching patients to eat dense rich foods is the main objective of AWAREmed Wellness Resource Center.
Processed addictive foods have become more palatable and cheaper than real more expensive food that is organically grown and sold only to the select few who are more aware and educated. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that between 1985 and 2000 the retail price of carbonated soft drinks rose by 20 percent, fats and oils by 35 percent, and sugars and sweets by 46 percent. Compare that to the 118 percent increase in the retail price of fresh fruits and vegetables. In 15 years the price of vegetables ballooned six times as fast as the cost of sugary, calorie-rich, nutrient-poor sodas.
This is further compounded by the fact that in some communities in America, the only place to buy food is a local convenient, store where fruits, vegetables, or other whole, fresh, real foods cannot be found. Without a car in an urban setting you may have to walk miles to find anything resembling real food… but everyone can cheaply grow healthy crops, and herbs at home. There is a wealth of information about how to grow an organic garden in very small spaces, patios, balconies, and even inside the house or apartments!
Social factors imposed on us by our own unawareness and by an establishment that only cares about the bottom line and reaps benefits from our ailment and diseases, set the stage for the epidemics of obesity and diseases we are facing in the 21st Century. This in combination with the nature of human metabolism put our nation’s poor in a trap from which it is very difficult to escape.
AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center- How the Biology of Starvation Contributes to Obesity- Loose weight Loose fat- Eat Quality food-
What often happens in a social environment similar to ours where the current poor economic times and vicious marketing standard are beautifying, glamourizing and promoting calorie rich, but quality poor processed foods? It creates a hunger-bingeing cycle that follows the economic conditions in the household. When resources come in, people buy cheap, abundant calories in the form of junk and processed foods that fill them up and stave off hunger. This leads to rapid fat storage—a common biological effect after a period of lower calorie intake or hunger. This is simply how human metabolism works.
When calories are scarce metabolism slows down and muscle is lost. As a result the blood sugar imbalances that drive. The process of insulin resistance occurs, leading to pre-diabetes and diabetes, and soon people are caught in a recurrent pattern of bingeing on nutrient-poor calories once resources are again available.
The mission of AWAREmed Health and Wellness resource Center is to increase the awareness and teach individuals and the community that eating better does not have to be prohibitively expensive. “Research has shown that eating healthy, whole, real food isn’t necessarily more expensive than eating junk food, fast food, processed foods, or convenience foods”.
The importance of adequate and healthy eating habits is clearly illustrated by many reports indicating that patients in general, and diabetics in particular, who consume calorie rich- quality poor food will have at least 5 more doctor visits than those patients who consistently eat higher quality food. These unnecessary and easily preventable doctors visits create a significant unspeakable emotional and financial strain in families already struggling to stay afloat.
The AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center community proposes that we, as a nation, and we, as members of smaller communities, need to rethink how and what we feed our people. Otherwise the plague of diseases and obesity will consume us all.
Here are a few initiatives and ideas that may help shift this frightening tide of poor nutrition and disease:
- Stop or reduce subsidies of agriculture products that allow for the glut of cheap, high-calorie, nutrient-poor sugars and fats from corn and soy into the marketplace.
- Consider taxing sugar and processed food to support national food programs and community projects, and help cover the hundreds of billions of dollars of health care costs from increasing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Fund community-based initiatives to support healthy eating including community kitchens, gardens, and cooking classes that teach how to make good food cheaply.
- Make school lunches healthy by providing only real food and modeling healthy eating. Food can be both fun for you and good for you. Create national standards based on sound 21st century nutritional science and common sense. Most schools have only a microwave or deep fryer, hardly the tools needed to feed our children real, fresh food.
- Expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program). Increasing eligibility, helping those who are not aware they are eligible enroll, nd creating new programs that support consumption of more healthful foods could shift the tide of the widening socioeconomic disparities in chronic disease. You should not be able to buy chips and soda with food stamps.
We need to reclaim our food supply and revive traditional ways of eating. As Michael Pollan says: “If ‘food’ was made in a plant, don’t eat it. If it grows on a plant, then enjoy!”
Contact the AWAREmed Health and Wellness resource Center team and Dr. Dalal Akoury at firstname.lastname@example.org for your Health and Wellness and please tell us how can we help you.
To your good health,
Dalal Akoury, MD