The average American is clueless when it comes to eating healthy foods, even those of us who would be considered healthy eaters. What most people do not know is that the majority of the American diet is loaded with addictants that drive obesity and its life threatening complications. The lack of information, along with the misinformation put out by the industry giants that profit from the sale of polluted foods and diet products have created a health care crisis in this country that is unprecedented in the world.
The U.S. is the second most obese country in the world (Mexico just passed us by) with the highest rate of mortality (compared to all other wealthy nations) and the highest health care costs compared to 48 other countries except for Switzerland. We also have the most obese children and we are one of the only countries in the world that sees Type II Diabetes in young children. (Type II Diabetes is the result of unhealthy eating and usually occurs in midlife.) Unfortunately, most overweight Americans tend to blame themselves for their weight problems. Instead of looking at the quality, or in my mind, the safety of the food, they try to eat less by “dieting”, which is not only ineffective, it is dangerous, as it has been shown to lead to increased likelihood of obesity.
In my practice I have found that teaching the obese individual to eat clean does a number of things that significantly increases the likelihood of his or her success:
- It helps them to stop blaming themselves
- It allows them to begin to experience the healing quality of food
- Clean food extinguishes their food addictions
- They discover how incredibly delicious good food can be
In my upcoming book: Food Pollution: Why Eating Disorders, Obesity and Mortality Rates are Rising in the U.S., I define Food Pollution as:
The introduction into the food supply of genetically engineered (GE) and/or hyper-hybridized (HH) plants and animals; neurotoxic sweeteners, such as High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Aspartame, and Asculefame; herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides; toxic chemicals; MSG (processed free glutamate); and fats or proteins that have been damaged by processes such as hydrogenation, hydrolization, dehydration, autolization and unnecessary pasteurization. These pollutants have been shown to be obesogenic, diabetic, carcinogenic, neurotoxic, autogenic and addictive.
The sources of food pollution are:
- Genetically engineered (GE) proteins
- Artificial sweeteners
- Synthetically created chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers
- Hyper-hybridized (HH) grains
- Ingredients that have been irradiated
- MSG (Processed Free Glutamate)
- GE Antibiotics
- Artificial growth hormones
- High fructose corn syrup
- Processed and GE Sugar – made from Genetically Engineered (GE) Beets
- Food Additives – Flavorings, Emulsifiers, Preservatives, Artificial dyes (made from coal tar and petrochemicals)
- Sewage sludge
Most of my patients find that they can eat significantly more clean food without weight gain, than the polluted counterpart.
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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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