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110 INSIDER September/October 2017 SupplySide West With the increase in available technology, research and information, one might think there would be no need to discuss an obesity epidemic. In fact, obesity is now the No. 1 global health crisis, recently overtaking hunger. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), overweight and obesity are linked to more deaths worldwide than underweight. If these statistics aren't frightening enough, consider that the that top three causes of death in America—cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer and diabetes—are all linked "heavily" to being overweight. How did this happen? Most health care experts focus on two areas when trying to help people lose weight: diet and exercise. On paper, focusing on calories consumed versus calories burned makes sense. The number of obese and severely obese people has grown steadily since the late 1970s. Going low-fat, eating out more and increased sugar consumption tied with a sedentary lifestyle are valid reasons for this explosion. However, other situations and conditions play a role in why Americans are getting—and staying—fat. Addiction Food addiction is a real thing. Modern medicine has even proven sugar impacts the same area of the brain as do drugs such as cocaine. Carb addicts likely experience symptoms similar to drug withdrawal if they attempt to go carb-free or low-carb. Emotions Everyone has heard about comfort foods and emotional eating, yet it is uncommon to address these deep-seated issues in many weight loss programs. Getting counseling and using certain supplements that impact the adrenal system and sugar cravings can go a long way in assisting someone in this area. Body Trauma There seems to be a subconscious link to putting on fat (a sort of protective barrier) to shield the body from future harm. It's imperative to dig to the root of the trauma and injury, and work at getting it fi xed. Other modalities of healing can also be benefi cial, such as healing touch, acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and supplementation to help "heal" the body from the damage of physical trauma. Hormonal Changes Ask any Baby Boomer how they noticed their body change after going through menopause or andropause for quick confi rmation that this is a reality. Pregnant women and those dealing with hormone imbalance issues pre-menopause can also relate. Outside of the sex hormones, an abundance of other hormones—primarily insulin—play a role in this area, too. Adrenal Fatigue Adrenal fatigue is usually caused by prolonged periods of stress/anxiety, drug use (illegal and legal), supplements (such as guarana, kola nut and caffeine), tobacco, etc. Adrenal fatigue leads to insulin resistance, cravings, sex hormone imbalances and much more. Getting the adrenals back in order by removing the offending triggers is critical for reducing and healing adrenal fatigue. Energy drinks are a huge offender. Drug Use Certain medications contribute to weight gain, so it is highly recommended to discuss alternate options and potential removal of those prescriptions with one's health care provider. Illegal drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) medications can also be evil. A patient must read labels and ask the pharmacist if any "medications" may increase their appetite/weight or slow down the metabolism. Decreased Gut Bacteria A relatively recent area of concern, some studies have shown that after prolonged antibiotic use (which will lower gut bacteria levels), people gained more weight than those not taking antibiotics. (Int J Obes. 2016;40(4):615-21.) Other studies have shown that adding probiotics to one's daily intake can assist in weight loss. (Br J Nutr. 2014;111(8):1507-19.) Gut bacteria play a critical role in nutrient digestion and absorption, which could be the reason people continue to eat even when they are full. They are "starved" for nutrition because they aren't digesting and absorbing the nutrients the body needs. Until the underlying causes are addressed, and people are taught what a healthy lifestyle looks like, the obesity epidemic will continue to grow. The dietary supplement industry can play a role in helping address many factors to get people back on the path to better health. David Foreman is a registered pharmacist, author and media personality known as "The Herbal Pharmacist." He serves on Organic & Natural Health Association's (O&N) scientifi c advisory board and is the author of "4 Pillars of Health: Heart Disease." Addressing the Real Root Causes of the Obesity Epidemic by David Foreman Learn more about weight management from David Foreman during the "Tackling Weight Management With Nutrition" Workshop, underwritten by NNB, on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at SupplySide West in Las Vegas. Scan Here Weight Management at SupplySide West

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