Americans have been misinformed to believe that “isolated-nutrient” supplements, along with dietary changes, cardio exercise, and psychological interventions are the keys to weight loss. These “keys” simply divert attention away from the true causes of unhealthy weight gain and obesity. Some journalists claim that health-related misinformation is widespread because the health care industry, which disseminates much of the country’s health data, has huge financial interests in promoting information that increases the worldwide rate of obesity and chronic illness.
In 2002, The Lancet claimed that conflicting interests between drug companies and health care providers had “heavily, and damagingly” influenced the practice of medicine. Editors of the publication predicted the medical profession would be crippled due to widespread fraud. Similarly, a 2010 article by Leonard G. Horowitz and Sherri Kane in Medical Veritas: The Journal of Truth in Health Science, reveals how pharmaceutical propaganda has influenced science and medicine in a manner that harms Americans. The above authors suggest that pharmaceutical propaganda may be why most people incorrectly believe cholesterol and saturated fat are the main causes heart disease, which the American Heart Association is more prevalent among obese individuals.
This is true even though as early as 1990, A New York Times article reported that sticky blood causes hardening of the arteries and is the main cause of 80 percent of heart attacks. According to Dr. Bruce Eichelberger, a high-sugar diet leads to sticky blood. Regarding cholesterol’s effects on health, Dr. Joseph Mercola wrote in an August 2010 online article that cholesterol does not cause heart disease and that new cholesterol guidelines were developed by nine doctors and eight of them had financial ties to companies selling cholesterol-lowering drugs. This may be why weight loss programs have consistently led to higher obesity and chronic disease rates.
In fact, a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts that 75% of Americans will be overweight by 2020. Is it possible that organizations such as Weight Watchers embrace health-related misinformation because weight loss failure increases profits for the annual, multi-billion-dollar weight loss industry. According to Dr. Jon Robison, a leader in the Health At Every Size movement, the government has repeatedly asked Weight Watchers for data on the long-term efficacy of its programs, but the company refuses to provide it. Financial considerations may also be why so many weight loss programs are based on myths and omissions. For example, weight loss experts routinely claim that “emotional eating” causes weight gain.
Though emotions can cause biochemical changes as even mainstream medicine acknowledges that the body cannot be separated from the mind. However, emotions don’t cause people to eat weight-promoting food they find distasteful. Comfort food can be a fresh salad with raw tuna just as it can be donuts and ice cream. Cravings for “chemical food” is the result of regularly exposing one’s taste buds to white sugar, which is a chemical. Its formula is C12H22O11. Thus, chemically-induced distortions of taste buds – caused by refined sugars/processed foods – cause cravings … Read More