I heard that the minute we start thinking of our ‘comfort food’ (we all have one, doancha know) and make the decision to go after it, our body immediately starts to flood with relief. That ‘relaxation response’ is as fast and direct as any medicine we could put through our body by vein, except for some medicines that are used by an anesthesiologist. And then, it’s pretty much a tiebreaker, because the ‘relaxation response’ is partially done with the very same medicines that are used for the induction of anesthesia – all of this is happening in the center of the brain
i found these obesity stats the other day and so, i have been thinking about human eating patterns/habits/behavior, wondering how our tendency to be obese relates to chronic/critical illness and autoimmune disease:
The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report in which they indicated that an estimated 42% of Americans will be obese by the year 2030. That’s roughly an additional 32 million Americans who will become obese in the next 18 years.
Six million American adults have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40+ and are classed as morbidly obese, almost twice as high as in 1980, while another 9.6 million have a BMI of 35-40.
The economic cost of obesity is immense. In the USA, the direct medical costs of obesity is calculated at more than $93 billion a year.
In 2008 Americans spent more than $40 billion on diets and weight loss products and, diet and weight loss supplements reached sales of $16.1 billion.