The Dieting Dilemma
It’s time to let go of the belief there is a one size fits all approach
Written by Natalie Barnard
If you are still confused on what you should be eating despite all the information available via Dr. Google, you aren’t alone. Paleo. Keto. Whole30. The Blood Type Diet. The Mediterranean Diet. Atkins. South Beach. Weight Watchers. Jenny Craig. While each diet has their place and has worked for somebody, somewhere... As a collective society, we aren’t any healthier.
Yet so-called nutritional experts continue to speak in absolutes and spout claims like “Carbs are bad. Fat is good.” and vise versa as if there was a perfect diet for all of us, but the reality is (and it’s clear in the research) there is a no “one size fits all” solution. I think in our gut, we know this, but part of the problem is our human nature. We are natural reductionists who desire silver-bullet solutions to complex problems.
While the dieting industry continues to play to the tune of our hearts, the general health of our society is diminishing at alarming rates. According to the research pulled by journalist, Mark Schatzker, the rates of obesity of this country has been on the rise since the 1960’s, jumping from 13.4% to 35%, nearly triple what it used to be! And extreme obesity which hardly existed at 0.9% is now at 6.4%. Over 40% of the American population is obese and another 20% are overweight leaving less than a 1/3 of Americans falling into the slender category. However, weight is just a symptom; a visual manifestation of a deeper malaise. The real problem is the rising rates of diabetes, cancer and disease that’s associated with it. After smoking, obesity is the leading cause of preventable death.
So, what has changed since the 1960s? We have the same genes we did 50 years ago which means it has to be something in the world around us… Our food. Our environment. Our lifestyle.
It’s time to address a complex system that impacts each person in a different way.