Weight Gain, Obesity and Food Addiction

Unlike Global Warming there are very few experts that do not agree that obesity in the Western world has become a chronic problem. Authors Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks tackle this question in their new book It’s Not Your Fault.

Over the years I have watched as people near and dear to me have waged personal battles with the problem, the usual  outcome is a short term gain in losing a few pounds, and a long term loss of not only regaining the weight but adding yet more pounds.

Some argue that it is our modern life that is responsible, we sit at desks all day, we drive to and from work, in fact the nearest thing to exercise is walking to the coffee pot for a refill. There are elements of truth in this thinking, but is it the whole story? Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks have other ideas on the subject.

It’s Not Your Fault explores other reasons why obesity is so prevalent in the US. They pose the question, might it be a result of what we eat? It is a great question.

I first met Mannie and Ashley as a result of reading their first two books Arthritis, Inflammation, Gout, Crohn’s, IBD, and IBS , and Mannie’s Diet and Enzyme Formula. While the titles may seem a trifle dry, the material made for great reading. These authors leave no stone unturned in their research, they cite over 3000 scientific sources. In It’s Not Your Fault they have taken a slightly different approach, the  level of research is just as great, but presented in a style that a non-expert can understand.

Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks have both battled life threatening health issues, both were told that their days upon the earth were numbered. This became the catalyst for them to evaluate their lifestyles, and while not turning their backs on modern medicine, try to explore how hey could supplement it. They took many paths but those paths inevitably converged at the same place, food. You are what you eat! Both also suffered from weight gain as a result of their health problems. To quote Ashley:

Over the years, to stay at my “fighting weight” I routinely tried Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystems, the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Bally’s diet, Slim Fast diet, the blood type diet and every other fad diet out there. Some worked briefly, on others I gained weight. Some made me overeat when I stopped. Others caused me to gain twice as much weight afterward. I read a bunch of diet books and followed their programs. I even went to the diet specialists’ offices for counseling and the humiliation of weighing in. After one day on the Subway diet, I was ready to puke from overeating. I couldn’t stop eating the “foot-longs.”

So what is the reason for the huge increase in obesity in the US? The authors explore many avenues, each one is disturbing, accumulated they paint a very bleak picture. At the very center of the problem is Big Food and Big Pharma. Interestingly enough the interrelations between these two seemingly dissimilar industries runs deep and far.

The issue with obesity does seem to have its roots in our food supply, over the past several decades there have been major changes in what we eat and how we eat. Since the 1960’s the list of additional ‘stuff’ in packaged and processed food has continued to grow. Today almost everything on the supermarket shelf contains MSG, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and some form of Soy. Added to the problem is the fact that the majority of the ‘natural’ raw materials are GMO (Genetically Modified Organism). It’s Not Your Fault explores how each of these factors have created the obese world that we live in.

Mannie Barling and Ashley Brooks have done a great job of researching the subject and putting the often hard to understand language of ‘sciencespeak’ into plain English. Many of the additives used in processed foods have an addictive nature to them. It is the addictive element that causes us to crave a specific fast food offering, or other item.

With today being Jan/1 2011 or 1/1/11 why not start the new year with the resolution to make this the year that you are nice to yourself? A great place to start would be by reading It’s Not You Fault. You can order your copy from Amazon by using the link above, or directly from the authors by visiting www.howtoeliminatepain.com.

Simon Barrett

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