The number of people who were obese in the United States increased from 12% to 18% from 1991 to 1998, and an increase in obesity was observed across all age groups, ethnic groups, educational levels, and regions of the country. The CDC defined obesity using the body mass index (BMI) formula, which was applied identically to both men and women regardless of frame size. The BMI is the body weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared.
The Journal of the American Medical Association October 27, 1999;282:1519-1522.
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
Slow done, breathe deeply and read those numbers again. An increase from 12% to 18% means that obese, not just overweight, but obese individuals increased by 50% in the seven years from 1991 to 1998.
Fortunately, the low grain (NOT low carb) approach is starting to make a dent in our culture. I have been advising the Heller and Heller approach for nearly four years now. The major modification I have though is that I exclude their reward meal recommendation and also exclude pork, shellfish and cheese from the diet.
Many of you already know that the Heller’s were finally on Oprah. As a result of that show, the front cover of this week’s Time magazine is on this approach. The Heller books are now number one and number two on the New York Time bestseller list.
I have observed that when it comes to common sense, patients generally have far more of it than physicians. The move away from low fat and shift to low or no grains will absolutely shift the increase in obesity in the other direction. I hope that I can report in 2006 that the obesity rate is back down to 12% as a result of embracing the low grain diet approach.
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