Dr. Barry Sears of Zone Diet Says Obesity Crisis Due to Imbalance of Omega 6 & Omega 3

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"Eating less and exercising more is not enough because the obesity problem is far more intricate,” according to Dr. Barry Sears, creator of anti-inflammatory Zone Diet.

Dr. Barry Sears, best-selling author of The Zone & creator of the anti-inflammatory Zone Diet, says people need more omega 3 in diet since too much omega 6 is at core of obesity crisis.

Too many omega-6 fatty acids in the diet promote inflammation, while omega-3 fatty acids decrease inflammation. People need a one-to-one balance.

The disproportionately high levels of omega-6 fatty acids in the diet and the need for more omega-3 oils in the foods Americans eat are at the heart of the country’s obesity crisis, Dr. Barry Sears, bestselling author of “The Zone,” creator of the Zone Diet and founder of ZoneDiet.com, said.

“Relying simply on eating less and exercising more is not enough because the obesity problem is far more intricate,” Dr. Sears said. “Too many omega-6 fatty acids in the diet promote inflammation, while omega-3 fatty acids decrease inflammation. People need a one-to-one balance of omega-6 to omega-3 in the diet, just like it was a century ago, rather than today’s approximate 20-to-one ratio.”

Omega-3 is found in food such as fish oils, walnuts, and spinach. Omega-6 is in low-cost vegetable oils, such as corn oil and soybean oil.

“Cutting omega-6 is not easy since as taxpayers we spend about $20 billion a year subsidizing agri-business to produce food ingredients that make us more inflamed. These are some of the most common ingredients in the foods today as virtually all processed food in supermarket aisles contains omega-6 fatty acids,” Dr. Sears said.

The nation’s obesity crisis has resulted in significantly higher incidences of weight-related health issues, from diabetes to heart problems, he noted.

“When parents stopped giving their children fish oil, such as a tablespoon of cod-liver oil a day, as they did a generation or two ago, America started to get fatter. It tastes terrible, but a tablespoon of cod-liver oil has about 2.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, and that is enough to turn back the inflammatory tide that is at the base of so many health issues,” he said.

Taking pharmaceutical-grade fish oil is actually preferably because it is more potent and purer, he said. Following an anti-inflammatory diet, such as the Zone Diet, is also important.

ZoneDiet.com markets highly pure OmegaRx, named after Dr. Sears’ book “The Omega Rx Zone,” which started the omega-3 trend a decade ago. Dr. Sears’ most recent book, “Toxic Fat,” expands upon the importance of omega-3 in the diet.

Dr. Sears is founder of Zone Labs, based in Marblehead, MA, which has introduced Zone Foods, including pasta and breads that are made to his Zone specifications of fat, protein and carbohydrates. Zone food products are available online at http://www.ZoneDiet.com and also include bagels, rolls, cookies, chips and pizza made to the Zone criteria of one gram of fat for every two grams of protein and three grams of carbohydrate. ZoneDiet.com also offers Dr. Sears’ OmegaRx fish oil.

“The new Zone 1-2-3 foods are made to suppress hunger between meals but are delicious and taste exactly like the products that Americans consume today.” Dr. Sears said.

Dr. Sears, a scientist and expert on obesity, is a leading authority in anti-inflammatory nutrition. He is the creator of the anti-inflammatory Zone Diet, online at http://www.ZoneDiet.com, as well as the author of 12 books, including the New York Times #1 best seller “The Zone.” His books have sold more than five million copies and have been translated into 22 languages. Media contact is Brian Dobson at DobsonPR.com or bd (at) dobsonpr (dot) com.

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