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Doctors Rx | Using fiber to manage our weight


Last updated 10/18/2019 at 5:59pm

Statistics from early 2019 show the US obesity rate approaching 40% after holding steady around 35% a decade earlier. These numbers are even more startling when you consider it was only 20 years ago that no state had an adult obesity rate greater than 15%.

What’s behind this trend? Most authorities point to diet rather than lifestyle. We just eat too much, more calories than we use.  And the excess is stored for the future. Our weight sneaks up.

How does our diet differ from past generations? The most likely explanation is a shift in the ratio of plant to animal protein.

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