Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong
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For half a century, doctors and researchers have known two things that could have improved, or saved, millions of lives:
More than 40 percent of Americans classified as obese say they experience stigma on a daily basis.
Since 1980, the obesity rate has doubled in 73 countries and increased in 113 others. No country has reduced its obesity rate in all these years.
All of our biological systems for regulating energy, hunger and satiety get thrown off by eating foods that are high in sugar (like Fructose, for instance), low in fiber and injected with additives, and which make up 60 percent of the calories we eat.
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It refers to the thousands of chemical reactions that turn what we eat and drink into fuel in every cell of the body. These reactions change in response to our environments and behaviors, an...
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