Food Scoring Guide: Diet and Disease

Diets of all description flood the market, but fewer than 3 people out of a 100 are successful at losing weight and keeping it off permanently. The number of overweight and obese individuals is at an all-time high and still climbing. Although many people accept the notion that disease is the result of genetics or luck, the reality is that nutrition, exercise, and environment overwhelmingly overshadow genetic considerations. For example, those living in rural China have less than a 2% heart disease risk, but when these same individuals move to America, their children develop the same rates of heart disease as other Americans.


Obviously, the diseases that afflict today’s Americans are not the result of luck of genetics. They are a recent phenomenon in human history and directly parallel unhealthful changes in dietary patterns. The ten-fold increase in heart attacks in the last 100 years is because we are eating more low-nutrient foods—lots more. You cannot escape from the biological law of cause and effect. Health results from healthful living and eating. Disease and premature death result primarily from unhealthful food choices.
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islandveggie - February 6, 2008 3:51 PM

Dr. Fuhrman,
I am studying to become a dietitian and am giving a presentation on your eating style in one of my college classes (PE 2420). Are there any peticular things that you think that I should touch upon? I have all of your books and have happily eaten this way for three years. My son has eaten this way since birth and has never been sick/ or had infections( he is three). Thank you for educating those who are intelligent enough to learn.

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