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Omega Fix for Obesity: How the Right Fats Fight Fat

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  • It’s not the disparity between food intake and energy expended that contributes to obesity, scientists say, but how people view dietary fats, specifically omega-3s and omega-6s, in response to U.S. dietary guidelines
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fats should be balanced in your diet, but rather than the optimal 1:1 ratio, it’s become 1:16 in favor of omega-6s over the last 100 years
  • Consuming too many omega-6 fats can lead to the development of excess white tissue (fat) and chronic inflammation (the biggest red flags along with disease)
  • Studies show a link between eating omega-3 fats and decreased fatty tissue development and weight loss
  • Maintaining the right mix of healthy omega fats into your diet is the key to staving off excess weight gain

By Dr. Mercola

Of the more than 7 billion people in the world, a significant number are either overweight or obese. It's true even in countries we commonly think of as underdeveloped or impossibly remote. (After all, the "golden arches" can be found in El Salvador, the Czech Republic and even Siberia.)

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