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Obesity follows Western culture's influence around the world

Sunday, November 09, 2003
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: junk food, obesity, nutrition

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They say obesity follows the golden arches. In every city where McDonalds appears, it seems, the population begins to get fatter. It's no coincidence, of course: fast food is rich in calories, loaded with saturated fat, and high in refined carbohydrates. It all adds up to excess body fat.

This study shows that even New Zealand isn't immune from the effects of junk food. It seems that the demand for weight loss products, supplements, drugs or services will soon be nearly global.

Even Asia, a region known for healthy, traditional diets and a healthy populace, is affected by the Western diet. Cities in China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea now boast KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and a long list of restaurants serving foods and drinks that add to the growing obesity problem.

If you take a perfectly healthy community that has never known Western food and introduce breads, pastries, sweets, hamburgers, and other processed food items to that community, they will be stricken with our modern diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) in a single generation.

That's all it takes: serve a healthy population Western food, and they suddenly become diseased with all the popular diseases that seem to baffle researchers in the Western hemisphere. But it's no secret: the cause of your disease is your food, plain and simple.

It's the groceries with all the metabolic disruptors like hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, artificial colors and cancer-causing chemicals like sodium nitrite. It's the junk food like potato chips, nacho chips, ice cream and candy. And it's the fast food restaurants serving sugar water (Coke and Pepsi) alongside greasy burgers. Put it all together and you get every modern disease in the book.

There's a fascinating book detailing all this, called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price, a dentist. It's a highly recommended read if you really want to know the truth about the link between foods and disease.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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