This week's podcast features Dr. Yoni Freedhoff (Bio here). I wanted to talk about obesity and overweight because this is one of the most significant challenges that our world is faced with. I'm writing my new book right now and as I'm reading the research on body composition and health I'm totally frightened at how bad this epidemic is and what it's doing to our bodies and our minds.
58% of Canadians and 68% of Americans are now overweight or obese and the rates continue to climb. The numbers are similar in other countries. We also know that overweight and obesity increases the risk of metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. I've also read research that shows that obesity and depression are linked in both directions (obesity might contribute to depression and depression contributes to depression).
Despite all these brutal statistics the answer and solutions are right in front of us. They're hard to do but they are simple and anyone can do them. To get some insight into the solutions I asked Dr. Freedhoff to join us for this week's Be Better Podcast.
Here's the podcast recording:
You can check out Dr. Freedhoff's award winning blog at http://www.weightymatters.ca/ or follow him on twitter. If you like the podcast you can also get his new book The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work.
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Produced by Mike Thompson.