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Rise in obesity seen as a driver in Americans' increasing use of prescriptions

Susan Perry | 11/05/15
Prescription drug use has risen significantly in the United States during the past 15 years, and an increasing number of people are taking more than one prescription drug

21% of overweight people polled actually believe they are a healthy weight

By Watson: (NaturalNews) It is easy to become deluded about the state of your health when you look around and nearly everyone is in the same situation. People tend to benchmark themselves against the "normal", and with obesity increasing in many parts of the world, a person who is a little overweight can easily convince himself he is perfectly healthy.

Mocking the obese should be "illegal," but mocking anti-vaxxers considered media sport

By Heyes: (NaturalNews) The trouble with regulating behavior is that the social change artists who want to lord over what people think, say and do are never satisfied. And, they are hypocritical.

Case in point: A British "obesity expert" and researcher, Dr. Sarah Jackson, has a rather authoritarian solution for anyone who jokes about fat people: Put them in jail.

Jackson is basing her stance on the belief that poking fun about obesity should be on the same level as racism or discrimination.

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GMO soybean oil causes obesity, diabetes, fatty liver, but propagandists say it's 'healthier' than non-GMO soybean oil

By Devon: (NaturalNews) Of all the seed oil produced in the US, 90 percent comes from soybeans. The shelf life and temperature stability of soybean oil is increased through the process of hydrogenation, which also generates unhealthy trans fats in the oil.

Common food additives alter gut microbes, causing inflammation, colitis, obesity and diabetes

By Gutierrez: (NaturalNews) A class of food additives used in nearly all processed foods may be partially to blame for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease, and may also lead to obesity and diabetes, according to a study conducted by researchers from Cornell University, Emory University, Georgia State University and Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and published in the journal Nature on February 25.

The study was funded by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and the National Institutes of Health.

How obesity and malnutrition is a national security issue

By Edwards: (NaturalNews) According to Lt. Gen. Hertling, of the U.S. Army, our national health has become a serious threat to national security, a threat that will escalate to a severe threat within the next 20-30 years. When Hertling was placed in charge of initial training in the Army, he discovered the poor health of our Army recruits resulted in the Army hemorrhaging money due to injuries.

EU court declares being obese a disability; employers must now pay for workers' poor health choices

By Benson: (NaturalNews) Fat people now have their own protected class in Europe, where the bloc's top court has ruled being obese to be a disability. This landmark decision, according to reports, could eventually mean that employers will have to provide more support for their overweight workers in the form of care or compensation, sloughing the burden of some people's poor health choices onto the continent's economic engine.