Liberty and Justice for All

For those of you new to the blog, I was formerly an obese and chronically malnourished food addict who has been completely set free from all food addictions and eating disorders; including anorexia, nutrient restrictive dieting, yo-yo dieting, and binge eating disorder as result of embracing the nutritarian lifestyle that’s described in Eat to Live and Eat for Health. Here is my transformation.

Ever since I started the journey to get my health back, many have volunteered to share stories with me about their own struggles with food addiction, and the pain and misery that it has created in their lives.

Losing weight primarily to fit into a pair of skinny jeans is a thing of the past for most.

Lives are literally being destroyed, and families are falling a part due to toxic food addiction and chronic malnutrition. Homes are in disrepair. Finances are drained. Marriages are on the rocks. Children are neglected. It’s a sad scene.

Food addiction may seem insignificant to many, but it’s sabotaging one of the core values of America which is liberty and justice for all.

As a culture we have become captive to high fat, high salt, low nutrient, processed foods. This generation of youth is being raised on sweetened cereal, macaroni and cheese, and chicken nuggets, which will only perpetuate the continual cycle of addiction.

The following quote was posted on a bus hut sign in front of a large children’s hospital:

"Are we feeding our children to death? This may be the first generation of kids not to outlive their parents."

As a nation, we are in a malnutrition crisis. The Nutritional Research Project is a foundation that has been established to promote scientific research and public education, including educational outreach to children, to prevent dietary-caused disease resulting in chronic illness and premature death.

Please take a moment to check out this important work for the future health of America at NutritionalResearch.org.

The change of one person is a transformation. The change of many is a revolution.

For the sake of our children and future generations, let’s all be a part of the change that it’s going to take to support optimal health and well-being for all.

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Sarah M. - August 19, 2009 9:38 AM

Wow, is this post melodramatic or what?? I mean really?? This line here -

"Lives are literally being destroyed, and families are falling a part due to toxic food addiction and chronic malnutrition. Homes are in disrepair. Finances are drained. Marriages are on the rocks. Children are neglected. It’s a sad scene."

Who is going to take something like that seriously?

Also your post has some really iffy claims, which to me, detract from the message. The average life expectancy of Americans has gone up considerably over the last 100 years - along with the advent of highly processed, nutrient lacking foods.

Crappy foods can lead to heart disease, cancers, diabetes, etc. but not necessarily death, "thanks" to the pharmaceutical industry and modern medicine. And the average American knows that. We know that we are living longer lives these days - what we don't know is that our lives could be better and even longer if we ate better.

The focus should be on quality of life vs. the risk of being enslaved to pills, doctors, disease, etc. People should be made aware that chronic illnesses and all of the attendant issues don't have to be a normal part of life.

But by simply say eating chicken nuggets and mac & cheese is causing divorce, causing homes to fall into disrepair (lol on that one!!) and will absolutely cause early death - you come across as not very credible. It seems like a silly, melodramatic scare tactic. this is a bad post.

aunt cia - August 19, 2009 9:11 PM

If I am indulging in high fat, highly processed foods, and I develop heart disease or diabetes (science has proven thousands of times over that this is what happens if we choose this road), I put a strain on my family's budget because I will need expensive drugs and therapy because I'm depressed, then that is most definitely tearing up my family and ruining our financial situation. If I am eating for pleasure, ruin is most assuredly going to follow. If I feed my children the processed junk that most Americans let their children indulge in, then I am responsible for their disease, sorrow, behavioral problems from poor nutrition. If this isn't a true picture of ruined families (and many American families know this story first hand) then I don't know what is.
God bless America with opened eyes to TRUTH, plain and simple. And God bless those brave enough to risk their personal comfort to swim against the tide of pleasure seeking people who do not like or want to change their ways.
Go Emily!

Joel Fuhrman, MD - August 19, 2009 9:58 PM

A good learning point to show how brainwashed we are with false information as Sarah above shows. It is unfortunate that Emily always takes the brunt of these comments trashing her posts. I hope this blog and the posts here educate people about these issues and can serve as a forum to support those who understand present day nutritional practices are creating medical tragedies, premature deaths and a weakened economy. We are not only eating ourselves into sickness and a premature death, with lots of sadness and medical tragedies that it brings, but we also have a health care crisis now with upward spiraling medical care costs weighing down our economy, sending jobs overseas and pulling our nation into an economic downspin that is almost impossible to recover from. The economic costs of heart disease and other dietary-caused chronic diseases are staggering. Health care costs increased over 50 percent between 2000 and 2005 and now our nation’s medical costs exceed 2.4 trillion, over 4 times the amount spent on national defense. These out-of-control costs play an important role in business failures, bankruptcies, and loss of jobs. More than 25 percent of those who are in default on their mortgages and rents are as a result of medical debt.[i]

Also heart attack deaths and strokes affected only 4 percent of the population 100 years ago, now over 50 percent. So it is also a myth that adults are living longer today due to modern medicine. The increase in lifespan is measurable because of decreases in infant and childhood mortality and reduction in childbirth-related deaths. Better sanitation and modern plumbing has a lot to do with this too. There has not been significant advancements in adult lifespan. Now we die of less infections and more dietary-induced chronic diseases. Nevertheless, we live in a time where we know so much about human nutritional needs and how to live much longer and in better health than ever before. For people closed to this valuable and yes, life-saving information—it is your loss.

[i] The Access Project. Home Sick: How Medical Debt Undermines Housing Security. Boston, MA, November 2005.

Emily Boller - August 20, 2009 9:25 AM

When a child no longer has involved parents due to morbid obesity and atrophied bodies;

when gutters can no longer be cleaned out because no one can safely climb a ladder due to obesity;

when intimate expressions of love between husband and wife can no longer be expressed due to obesity and fatigue;

when a mom can no longer put together a decent meal for her family due to organic depression and lack of energy;

when mortgage payments can no longer be made due to mounting medical bills;

I'd say the American family is being deeply affected by the malnutrition crisis.

Multiplied by many sad stories.

Many homes.

Many families.

Chronic malnutrition that leads to obesity and disease is causing a subtle deterioration of the American family.

Let's get real here. Let's not hide what's really going on behind the closed doors of American homes.

Let's get it out in the open and talk about it, because it's reality. It's affecting many lives.

aunt cia - August 20, 2009 11:23 AM

I have a relative who is a single woman, earning a good wage, lives alone with no one else to cause expense and she is unable to meet her rental obligation because she eats a very unhealthy diet: ice cream several times a week, white flour, white sugar, high fat, low nutrients resulting in health problems that cause her much expense as she buys drugs to put a patch on her real problem: starvation and eating for pleasure. She is more depressed than she would have to be were she to eat a healthier diet, and every time I am at her house, I am overwhelmed by what she could do with her life if she would treat her body with kindness. And, by the way, yes I have kindly mentioned this to her many, many times but it is her choice.

Elijah Lynn - August 20, 2009 9:26 PM

Good points Emily.

Wake up America! We are in the middle of the "Pharmacaust" and we don't even realize it!

Sam - August 21, 2009 3:54 PM

aunt cia,
Permit me to make a suggestion since you've posted it twice:
I believe when you say "eating for pleasure" you really mean "eating for stimulation".

I enjoy eating now more than ever. I find eating whole, natural, biologically-appropriate foods very pleasurable. This is definitely rooted in having a deep understanding... a knowing... that these foods not only taste good but are enabling my body to optimize health within. My physical performance is evidence of it every day (especially on weekends... my long rides!). I look forward to early morning workouts everyday and then can't wait to down large quantities of fresh, raw fruit. A (very) large, varied salad to start lunch is always a joy! At the end of the day I thoroughly enjoy a nice big green smoothie. I am truly eating to *live* as opposed to eating for the momentary stimulation followed by regret and degrading health.

Yes, I take much pleasure in food but also in my daily-improving health. I eat for pleasure. I don't eat for stimulation.

Claudia - August 21, 2009 11:16 PM

Sarah,

The claim that this may be the first generation of kids that does not outlive its parents isn't something that Emily made up. The source for this is the New England Journal of Medicine, which is a highly reputable, peer-reviewed medical journal. Here is the citation:

Olshanksy, S. Jay et al., "A Potential Decline in Life Expectancy in the United States in the 21st Century," New England Journal of Medicine 352: 1138-1145.

The World Health Organization has raised concerns about the increasing prevalence of serious chronic diseases in young people. Kids are developing 'adult on-set' diabetes at an alarming rate, and it has been predicted that a very high proportion of the population will be diabetic in the not so distant future. It is very real that our population is getting sicker and fatter, and this is not really even a point of debate among our health authorities. It is well recognized that we do indeed have a problem.

Claudia

Emily Boller - August 22, 2009 8:59 AM

Maybe we could just call eating standard American junk, "eating for disease." That would clarify the meaning of the phrase!

aunt cia - August 22, 2009 9:55 PM

Thanks Sam, for pointing that phrase out to me...I see your point and when I say that, I simply meant eating the "junk" that gives immediate "comfort." Your word, stimulation, would be more suitable, because I, too know what it's like to enjoy a fresh sliced peach or a frosty glass full of a greens/fruit smoothie...
And Emily, nice wording of America's eating habits: eating for disease...

Janie - August 25, 2009 5:57 PM

The great thing with ETL is that I no longer live to eat! I have more time to spend with grandkids because of it. I enjoy foods that are good for me now. I no longer get huge headaches from caffiene and sugar and salt...those headaches made me a horrible person to live with. It did tear into the fabric of our family when I bit everyone's heads off. Everyone else had to walk on eggshells because I was such a bear to live with. My life is just getting better and better daily...not just my health - my whole life! And passing it on to the next generation or two is the best gift we can give our families. The other way of living destroys health and, yes, families. Thank you, Emily for contributing to this site!

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