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The Pervasive Health Issue That Costs More Than $1.4 Trillion a Year in the US

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  • Obesity rates are rising precipitously in both adults and children and are responsible for over $1.4 trillion in direct and indirect costs
  • United Nations is calling the availability and marketing of junk food a human rights issue, as it significantly contributes to obesity and malnutrition
  • U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans published in 2015 did not account for research published in the previous five years on saturated fats or low-carbohydrate nutritional intake, perpetuating the myth that a low-fat diet is healthy

By Dr. Mercola

Recommendations to eat a low-fat diet began in the late 1950s following the publication of several studies that reportedly found a link between eating fat and rising cholesterol and heart disease. However, as further research has gone on to resoundingly demonstrate, this conclusion was false.


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