Why Do We Have an Obesity Epidemic?

Two out of three Americans are overweight or obese. Magazines and books are released every day with “fast and easy” ways to lose weight.  Did you ever wonder why we have an obesity epidemic?  If we better understand the root cause of why so many people are gaining weight, we may be more effective in knowing how to lose the extra pounds and keep them off.

Each individual factor contributing to the development of our country’s obesity epidemic was not originally designed to cause poor health.  Each factor was actually well-intentioned to improve our lives.   For example, we theoretically solved our nationwide hunger problem by having abundant, cheap food easily available.  We theoretically freed up our time preparing meals to focus on other tasks.  The problem is we are now more likely to be malnourished from the non-nutritious food consumed.  We are also more likely to overeat and be less physically active.

We have begun to disassociate the connection between food and the body’s needs.  For example, how often do we ask the following questions:

When we try to address immediate problems, we cannot always see the big picture of how these changes can impact people’s well-being in the long-term.  The changes in lifestyle and food consumption are decreasing our connections between where food comes from, how much to eat, how to cook, and what our body needs to thrive.

To read my entire article published in the June issue of the San Francisco Medical Society Journal, please click here.

Please contact me today to help you improve your health and reach your optimal weight.  We will create a personal, achievable treatment plan just right for you!

Dr. Payal Bhandari Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco.

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