The Condition of Health in the USA today
People living in the United States are richly blessed. They enjoy a high standard of living, a low unemployment rate and many freedoms. However, they face the health risks of the affluent. According to the CDC (Centers for the Control of Disease)
“The prevalence of obesity was 39.8% and affected about 93.3 million of US adults in 2015~2016. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight”. ~ https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.htm
The solution proposed:
“There is no single or simple solution to the obesity epidemic. It’s a complex problem and there has to be a multifaceted approach. Policy makers, state and local organizations, business and community leaders, school, childcare and healthcare professionals, and individuals must work together to create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle. There are several ways state and local organizations can create a supportive environment to promote healthy living behaviors that prevent obesity. (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/strategies/idex.htm)
Please note the suggested involvement of state and local organizations.
Robert Lustig has observed that the obesity problem is not confined to the western world. In his book “Fat Chance” he states:
“that after only one decade (2008-2015), there are now 30 percent more people who are obese than are undernourished worldwide.” (Robert H.Lustig, M.D. “Fat Chance” Pg 5)
There are multiple diet plans touted to solving the problem, most with minimal lasting results.
U.S. News & World Report presented the best diet rankings for 2018. The two diets that tied for the top spot -- the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet -- fit that bill because they feature real food and reasonable, flexible guidelines, experts said.
A recent study to determine the best diet or eating pattern to maintain a recent weight loss, reviewed 26 articles. Their conclusion was: “It seems that consuming fewer calories helps people to keep weight loss. Further research to find strategies in obesity management focusing on successful maintenance of weight loss is needed.” They recognized that, “weight regain after weight loss is a common problem for all those obese or overweight who have had a recent weight loss.”
Most would admit that diet control and the maintenance of good health is a battle, but where is the battle? Is it in education, in developing “stronger will-power”, or or this a spiritual battle? If we don’t know where to fight the battle how can we ever hope to win the war?
In Part 2, we will go to “The Manual”, the Bible, and the Spirit of Prophecy as shown in the writings of Ellen G. White for answers.