From the Centers for Disease Control, there has been a 3-fold increase of obese individuals in each state over the past 20 years since 1990. So, what changed that has attributed to the obesity epidemic? Researchers believe that there have been a number of issues contributing to the rise in obesity in Minnesota and United States; one being the teaching of low-fat diets by our government in the 1990’s. This led to an overconsumption of simple carbohydrates. For example, in the 90’s bagels were the ideal breakfast food and pretzels were the ideal snack food because they were low in fat. There has also been an increase in microwave ovens and “convenience foods” which lack nutritional value. “Fast food” has become a staple food for many households due to its availability and advertising. Also, the lack of emphasis on eating together as a family, possibly due to higher divorce/separation, longer commutes, more traffic, more convenience foods that can be prepared individually also contribute to obesity trends in Minnesotans. Creation and promotion of addictive, energy laden foods by the restaurant and food industry has gotten us addicted to combinations of fat, flour, sugar, and salt. These addictive foods have destroyed our natural ability to stop eating when we are full.
Our mood and activity level also plays a large role in weight gain. There has been a steady rise in more sedentary entertainment options such as computers, video games, cable/satellite TV in St. Paul, Minnesota. Stress level in our everyday life can cause us to overeat and can lead to a lack of sleep (which is also a contributing factor). Even the use of prescription medicines, such as antidepressants, has been shown to promote weight gain. In modern society, we are afflicted with constant stressors and very little physical activity to relieve them. Food is readily available and our diet bears little resemblance to the fruits, vegetables, meats, milk, eggs, and nuts that mammals have traditionally eaten. Our appetites are not limited by our food supply running out and we consistently stay up past dark.
Now that you know the different factors contributing to weight gain, it is time to do something about it! Start making changes in your everyday life to overcome these trends. I also recommend checking your hormone levels to make sure they are also not causing you to slowly gain weight over the years. One Stop Wellness Clinic offers an all encompassing solution to weight gain. We offer a program to test and balance your hormones using bio-identical hormone therapy. We also offer weight loss solutions with our two practitioner guided diet programs. HCG diet has been very effective and popular to lose fat quickly. Or our Appetite Controlled Diet, with the use of phentermine (prescribed appetite suppressant) and low glycemic foods have also been a hit to help you with portion control and stay on track with healthy eating.