A recent news story on CNN reported that Japan’s government is taking a very strong stance against obesity.  According to the report, employers will face steep fines and penalties if their employees aren’t in shape.

More Attention on the Obesity Epidemic is a Good Thing – Government Involvement – Not So Much

Personally, I think the obesity issue is a major health crisis.  We know that being overweight contributes to a host of diseases including diabetes, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and many many more.  The growing problem of obesity has many causes and factors.  I get frustrated with parents who bring sugary snacks and drinks for halftime and post game snacks.  I get frustrated with the schools for allowing the poisoning of our children through subsidized lunch programs that continue to promote poor health in the guise of social welfare aid.  I get frustrated with the nutritional education taught in the classroom by people who are not qualified to teach it.  I get frustrated with people who “live to eat” vs. eating to live.

All that being said, I believe in self responsibility.  Obesity is not an issue for any government to resolve.  Look where the food guide pyramid has taken us.  Look at where government nutritional policies have lead.  The U.S. has growing numbers of chronic degenerative diseases and a medical system that is ineffective at treating them yet we spend more money on health care per person than any other country in the world.

Health responsibility falls on the shoulders of the individual making the decisions.  The conundrum here is that many misinformed and under educated people are setting bad examples for children and perpetuating the cycle.  What can we do about?

  1. Make advanced nutrition courses mandatory in all medical schools.  Doctors are blind on this topic.  The blind leading the blind never leads to anything good.
  2. Institute a real food only policy in our schools.  Remove corporate influence and funding of vending machines from the schools.
  3. Prioritize nutritional education in schools.  Put these classes on equal footing with reading, writing, and math.  Hire a teacher with real experience who leads by example.
  4. Prioritize physical fitness education in schools in the same fashion as above.

Does Excessive Gluten Drive Obesity?

Many people with celiac disease get offended when the gluten free diet is promoted as a weight loss tool.  Why?  Because celiac disease typically leads to severe weight loss and wasting.  However; non-celiac gluten sensitivity is much more common than celiac disease.  An estimated 1 in 133 have celiac where an estimated 30 million have non-celiac gluten issues.  These individuals typically gain excessive weight when ingesting gluten.  I have personally seen thousands upon thousands of pounds being shed in patients who go gluten free.  So the answer is yes the gluten free diet can help many with weight loss, but those with celiac disease will typically gain weight when on the diet.  That being said, gluten is not the only factor driving the obesity epidemic.

  1. Excessive caloric intake
  2. Excessive sugar
  3. Genetic manipulation of the food supply
  4. Excessive processed food consumption
  5. Lack of exercise
  6. Sedentary work force
  7. False advertising and product promotion
  8. Excessive exposure to environmental estrogen through massive use of plastics, pesticides, and other chemicals.

What Are Your Thoughts on the Gluten Free Diet For Weight Loss?

What do you think?  Has going gluten free helped you lose weight?  I am not talking about ingesting large quantities of grain substitutes, I am referring to the TRUE gluten free diet.  Your feedback is appreciated…
Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior

Dr. Peter Osborne
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5 thoughts on “Illegal To Be Fat? Could a Gluten Free Diet Help With This?

  1. KarenO says:

    Yes, going gluten free has helped me lose weight, over 60 lbs., so far! But I’ve taken it a step further and gone grain free. I eat mostly protein & veggies, prepare my own food (I very seldom buy anything prepared) and I’ve cut WAY back on sugar. When I sweeten anything I use stevia or Raw Agave Nectar in moderation. I’ve cut back on dairy, too, substituting cow’s milk for almond milk, but I still love cheese, so I try not to go overboard. My nutritionist got me started eating this way, but it took me a few months to get into it because quitting grains was HARD at first. Now I love it! I actually prefer to eat this way and I don’t plan on ever going back, even when I reach my goal weight.

  2. Maggie says:

    It seems that rather than face steep fines and penalties, employers will choose to terminate existing obese employees using any excuse possible, and anyone who is obese will find it difficult, if not impossible, to get a job. Those who are overweight will also find they have a more difficult time getting hired, since they may also slip over the line into obesity.

  3. Laura says:

    As Thomas Jefferson stated: “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in a state as are the souls who live under tyranny.”

  4. Diane says:

    I lost 16 of the 20 lbs. I gained doing a gluten challenge in less then 3 weeks, once I stopped eating gluten. I didn’t eat any other grains. It’s incredible how water retentive grains are, not to mention how bad it is for the body to eat foods you’re intolerant too.

  5. michelle says:

    It’d be awful to make being overweight illegal in this country. It’d be a catch-22 with the gov’t saying “you can’t be fat” but then “here eat this (which’ll make you fat)”. It’d be hideous. kind of makes me feel like the government is treating the people like cattle, put blinders on us and funnel us into the system of sick-take drugs-get sicker until we die. NO thank you!

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