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Yes, America’s Obesity Rates Are Still (Slowly) Rising

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) If recent headlines are to be believed, we are rapidly approaching the future depicted in Wall-E, with a morbidly obese population that can get from place to place only with the help of a hover-scooter. "Americans are fatter than ever, CDC finds," trumpets CNN. "This Many Americans [...]

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Dr. Barry Sears

The reason obesity continues to increase is because we are more hungry.  The primary cause is increased hypothalamic inflammation that disrupts the hormonal signaling that cause satiety.  Much to the dismay of high-fat diet supporters, it is the saturated fatty acid, palmitic acid, that is the most active agent in the cause of hypothalamic inflammation.  More disturbing is that the rate of diabetes is showing no slowdown.  More ominously, as diabetes increases, you are also seeing a rapid increase in Alzheimer’s.  They are all linked by increased inflammation.

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