Fort Mill Times

Learn the food facts

Interesting placement of the Garland Scott guest column on obesity and the Scott Cost piece about telling people ¬– or rather not telling them – what to eat. The reader‘s eye is directed from one viewpoint to the opposite one, which is ironically on the opposite side of the page.

What is missing from these stories, and tens of thousands of others in magazines, newspapers and on the Internet, regarding the current state of our country’s health when it comes to eating and body weight is the simple truth.

Having struggled with my weight since childhood, I have spent endless hours searching for and researching information regarding nutrition and exercise. After wading through a quagmire of misinformation about obesity being a simple matter of calories-in versus calorie-out, I was fortunate enough to find the good information that does exist, but it took years of digging.

We are a fat society because our food supply is tainted and we eat it in the wrong combinations – period. Most families, especially those of limited economic means, and those with children, consume far too many chemical preservatives in prepared, processed and fast foods because it seems to go further in “filling everyone up.” Those chemicals not only cause fluid retention and inflammation, but they also make the body crave more of them, setting up a dangerous cycle of over-eating junk.

It doesn’t surprise me that Mr. Scott talks about things like heart disease and diabetes being caused by obesity, because he is connected with the heath care system. What most “medical professionals” don’t seem to know or acknowledge is that obesity isn’t the cause of those diseases, but rather on the same list with them as side effects of poor nutrition and food combining. My personal experience with doctors, nurses and dieticians alike have shown me that they seem to know the least when it comes to proper eating, but it’s not really their fault. They are taught very little on nutrition in their medical studies as compared to the mega hours of instruction they receive on prescription drugs; more chemical invaders to confuse and inhibit the body’s natural processes.

Again, no surprise.

The medical schools are funded by pharmaceutical companies, not the American broccoli counsel. Many “medical professionals” are overweight themselves and take no time to investigate alternatives to the 1,000 calorie a day diet they’ve been told is key. Eating a protein from list A and a starch from List B for dinner, then chasing it down with fruit for dessert isn’t making anybody thinner. In fact, it’s making people tired, lazy, bloated, flatulent and hungry.

The information is there for us all. You just have to look for it and be open to it. Here is just one Web site where you can begin to learn the truth: I know from personal experience and that of someone very close to me that a simple and easy change in diet that has nothing to do with calories or working out can make a significant change in your health and your weight.

Crystal StangoLong House LaneFort Mill