Fox TV Interviews Dr. Barry Sears of Inflammation Research Foundation about Cause of Growing Obesity Epidemic

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Dr. Barry Sears, best selling author of The Zone, told Fox TV's Dr. Manny Alvarez the obesity crisis is not due to behavior easily corrected by “eating less or exercising more,” but is caused by increasing inflammation in the USA diet.

Dr. Barry Sears, president of the Inflammation Research Foundation & creator of Zone Diet, appeared on Fox TV about America's obesity crisis.

Since vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates represent the most inexpensive form of calories, their increased use continues to activate existing fat traps in people, with the end result of a continued rise in obesity.

Dr. Barry Sears, president of the Inflammation Research Foundation, discussed with Dr. Manny Alvarez, host of Fox TV's Health Talk News Show, the implications of the newest report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnston Foundation that indicated adult obesity continues to increase in every state in America.

The study, called “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future,” reported that now more than a dozen states have more than 30 percent of adults classified as obese, compared with 15 years ago when no state had adult obesity above 20 percent. Today, Colorado is the only state just barely below that level of obesity.

As Dr. Sears pointed out in the Fox TV interview, the problem is not due to behavior that is easily corrected by “eating less or exercising more,” but is much more insidious as it is caused by increasing inflammation in the American diet.

The scientist and best-selling author of The Zone said, “This inflammation is induced by the combination of a diet rich in omega-6 fatty acids coming from vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates.”

This Perfect Nutritional Storm has been described by Dr. Sears in his most recent book, Toxic Fat.

The consequence of this inflammation is the generation of what Dr. Sears called a “fat trap” in those genetically prone individuals. This metabolic condition traps incoming calories in their fat cells so they can’t be released to make the necessary energy needed for daily activities.

“As a result, the obese individual with a fat trap is constantly hungry. This hunger is not due to a lack of willpower but caused by disturbances in finely tuned hormonal signaling networks caused by this dietary inflammation,” he said.

Dr. Sears went on to explain that the greatest increases in obesity are occurring in individuals on a limited income who have to make hard economic choices on a daily basis to maximize dietary costs. Since vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates represent the most inexpensive form of calories, their increased use continues to activate existing fat traps in people, with the end result of a continued rise in obesity.

“The solution to the obesity crisis requires a major shift in dietary patterns to radically reduce the intake of vegetable oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in virtually every processed food, as well as reducing the intake of refined grains,” Dr. Sears said.

This means that an anti-inflammatory diet, such as Zone diet, which supplies adequate protein coupled with vegetables and fruits and monounsaturated fats like olive oils, slivered almonds, or even guacamole, becomes the preferred dietary approach to relax the inflammation induced fat trap, he added.

“This type of dietary change is even more imperative in pregnant women, as it is known that maternal diets can cause changes in the programming of the fetus to make the child far more prone to the development of future obesity and diabetes,” Dr. Sears said.

This is also reflected in the “F as in Fat” report that indicates that more than 33 percent of children are now overweight or obese.

When asked by Dr. Alvarez if the impeding economic crisis will result in a continued increase in obesity, Dr. Sears reluctantly agreed. Nonetheless, Dr. Sears remains optimistic that as more people understand the true cause of the growing obesity epidemic, that changes can be made that can reverse the crisis.

Dr. Sears said the first step to progress against the obesity crisis is to stop blaming the victims of obesity for what is often incorrectly perceived as poor behavior, since in reality the obesity is caused by radical changes in the American diet that are disturbances in signaling networks in the brain to make us constantly hungry.

Dr. Alvarez, the show host known as Dr. Manny on Fox TV and managing editor of Fox News Health, told viewers that information about Dr. Sears’ advice is online at http://www.ZoneDiet.com.

Dr. Barry Sears, an acclaimed expert on obesity and inflammation, is one of the leading authorities in the hormonal responses of food and anti-inflammatory nutrition. He is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller The Zone. His most recent book, Toxic Fat, describes the impact of diet-induced inflammation on our obesity crisis. For more information, please go to http://www.zonediet.com. Media contact is Brian Dobson at DobsonPR.com or bd (at) dobsonpr (dot) com.

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