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The problems associated with obesity


Last updated 3/10/2017 at Noon

Losing weight can improve one's brain health as well as overall health, and prevent cancer. bowie 15/Thinkstock photo

Dr. Terry Rondberg

Special to the Village News

Nearly 30 percent of the world’s population is overweight or obese, and this has a substantial impact on cancer rates according to leading experts. Recently scientists reported obesity is responsible for an estimated 500,000 cancer deaths worldwide each year.

Nearly two-thirds of obesity-associated cancers – include colon, rectum, womb and blood cancers – occur in the U.S. and Europe.

Women are at greater risk. Compared to men, women are two times more likely to develop obesity-associated cancer, the most common forms of which are postmenopausal breast, endometrial, and colon cancer.

Alarmingly, if current tendencies prevail, estimates suggest half the world's adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030, which will automatically drive up cancer rates.

Obesity has been linked to accelerated loss of brain tissue allowing communication between different parts of your brain. Fifty-year-olds who were overweight had similar white matter volume with slim 60-year-olds, suggesting excess weight can age your brain by 10 years once you pass middle-age.

Simple healthy lifestyle changes can help maximize your brain health assisting you with losing weight. Some of the changes include exercise, reducing carbs, calorie restriction, intermittent fasting, and increasing healthier fats.

Another recent study established the fact that one in five U.S.

deaths is associated with obesity, which is three times higher than previous estimates. The amount of Americans who are overweight or obese is probably much higher than studies indicate because the tool most often used is BMI, which is defective because it doesn’t incorporate body fat distribution.

Obesity-related deaths include those caused by type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dementia, liver disease, heart disease, cancer and depression because nearly all have metabolic dysfunction as a common underlying factor.

The only successful way to reverse this is to make healthy changes in your diet and lifestyle; drugs and surgery are definitely not the answer.

In the US, nearly one in five deaths are related to obesity, and eight obesity-associated diseases account for 75 percent of all healthcare expenses.

Obesity will likely claim the number one spot as the principal cause of at least 10 different types of cancer within the next 10 years surpassing smoking as the principal cause.

Opposite to previous scientific opinions, recent research reveals bisphenol-A (BPA) creates a biologically active byproduct that promotes obesity.

Six million American kids were considered overweight or obese in 2001. Today, that number is greater than 23 million. Obviously the dietary recommendations given to the public over the past 15 years are deeply defective.

Eighty percent of the obese population is sick and dysfunctional. This affects normal weight people as well. Forty percent of normal weight people have the same kind of health problems as those who are obese.

The real problem is not obesity but rather metabolic syndrome, which is thought to be caused by excessive high fructose corn syrup utilization. Eighty percent of the foods sold in the U.S. contain high fructose corn syrup and other added sugars.

Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, strokes, lung disease, kidney failure and cancer have something major in common – they all represent insulin resistance.

The underlying problem is dysfunction that develops as a result of consuming too many carbohydrates and too much protein. Sugars found in processed foods and grains are the cause of the problem and the standard American diet is full of both.

For more information about the Temecula Wellness Center's free healthy weight loss clinics every Saturday at noon, call (951) 699-5000 or go to and reserve a seat. It doesn’t matter if you have 10 lbs or 200 lbs to lose, our low carb, high fat Keto method has been proven effective.


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