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National Security Threat: Too Fat to Fight?

Overweight ... At Attention

Overweight ... At Attention

The obesity epidemic in America continues to skyrocket among adults and children. According to statistics, nearly 36 percent of Americans are overweight and 31 percent are considered obese. By the year 2018 nearly half of all adults will be considered obese if the current rate continues. These are huge numbers that surpass anything ever seen in the history of the human race.

Other statistics, like the cost of obesity, are also staggering. The medical cost of obesity is over 147 billion a year. That is nearly 10% of all health care spending. The obese have many medical issues that a person with normal weight does not have. They suffer with heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, hypertension, and hypothyroid, just to name a few. These costs add up to over $1,500.00 per year for each overweight person in America. The staggering costs of obesity are overwhelming the health care system and may eventually break it.

There are other issues to America that we do not usually considered when looking at obesity. One of these issues is national security. Are we too fat to fight? According to a recent study conducted by the Department of Defense nearly one quarter of our military aged youth do not meet the minimum physical requirements to join. “This is creating a potential threat to national security,” said a group of retired armed forces leaders.

“It’s not drug abuse, it’s not asthma, it’s not flat feet – by far the leading medical reason is being overweight or obese,” said retired U. S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Norman Seip at a news conference. Why the recent increase in obesity among our youth?

Some say that it is the lack of physical activity. We have cut out recess and required physical education at school that causes our young people to be very sedentary. Some say that it is the lack of proper nutrition by the school lunch program that is causing our children to become obese.

Both of those are definitely contributing factors, however, there is an approach that is overlooked today. In the 1940′s and 1950′s Dr. A.T.W. Simeons studied obesity as a disease. He concluded that the hypothalamus, a gland in our brain, can become damaged and cause us to become obese. The hypothalamus controls many processes in the body including fat storage, hunger, and heart rate. It can be damaged by extreme stress and chemicals in our food and water.

Dr. Simeons used hCG, a developmental hormone, to heal the hypothalamus. The healed hypothalamus causes the body to function normally burning the fat that is stored. His research and treatment has been used in Europe to safely and successfully reduce weight for the past fifty-six years but in America it has been overlooked. With the obesity epidemic ever increasing in America today, can we afford to overlook his research any longer? To read Dr. A. T. W. Simeons work got to

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