This is a very interesting debate between Dr. Oz and Dr. Glen Gaesser. Dr. Gaesser maintains that the mere fact of being overweight has no harmful effects and that America is not in the middle of an obesity epidemic. He, Dr. Gaesser, states that weight is a poor predictor of good health. Gaesser says that simple carbs are not bad, that being obese doesn’t mean you have a health risk and that plaque is unrelated to health. He maintains that everyone can achieve good health in a matter of weeks with a good diet and exercise.
Dr. Oz on the other hand dissagrees with just about everything that Gaesser says and states that the message being put out by Gaesser is a very dangerous one. Oz believes that carbs are the root evil of poor health, and deadly diseases are caused by being obese. He believes that being obese is a health risk in and of itself.
It is certainly true that one’s health can be improved by eating a good diet and doing some exercise. I think the problem here is that one’s obesity or overweightness came from eating the wrong rich fattening foods in the first place and continuing to eat them. If the obese person decides that he/she does indeed have a health risk, weight loss can be achieved by adopting a diet high in starches. This weight loss can continue until the desired weight is achieved. This is not about yoyo dieting. Everyone agrees that yoyo dieting doesn’t work. This is about how to manage one’s weight and become a much healthier person.
There are a myriad of diseases caused by the rich American diet. These include various cancers, strokes, osteoporosis, kidney failure, gout, diabetes, arthritis, colitis and a host of others. So…wouldn’t it stand to reason that one cannot be fat and be fit. The risk is enormous not to mention the load on the poor bones of the obese individual.
Gaesser mentions simple carbs not being bad while Oz states that carbs are evil. What neither one of them discusses is what kind of simple carbs they are talking about. Simple sugars are found naturally in ripe fruit and should be eaten sparingly. These sugars are not the same sugars that are found in almost all restaurants and households in America and many other countries. Those sugars are the refined sugars causing tooth decay and raising triglycerides. Actually “refined” anything should be eliminated. Complex carbohydrates are just fine…just don’t load your potatoes and other carbohydrate foods up with butter and sour cream.
Perhaps the two doctors should discuss some of the underlying problems of being obese such as pain and illness. As the person becomes more and more obese consuming rich foods the possibilities of heart disease increase dramatically along with high blood pressure, diabetes and other degenerative diseases. Other things happen as the person becomes obese or is overweight such as body odor, oily skin, painful arthritis, headaches and constipation. We could even discuss the cost of being obese. First there is all that medication that seems to be doled out in unlimited quantities but then there are other costs like having to buy two seats on an airline.
All in all I believe we have a severe problem and that we do indeed have an epidemic of obesity. I think that the American public needs to be educated from an early age on what to eat and what to stay away from. Unfortunately there are many industries out there that rely on people eating more and more junk food and animal products. I’m afraid that “A Healthy Lifestyle” isn’t what America and many other countries are all about.
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