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"Health Care Reform and Obesity"
Listening to all the noise and clutter of health reform makes you think that all that matters is fixing the system. Michael Pollan, author of IN DEFENSE OF FOOD, presents a powerful argument for focusing on food reform. Three-quarters of all health care spending goes for treating preventable, chronic diseases. Listen to this: we spend over 150 billion dollars to treat obesity; 115 billion to treat diabetes and who knows how many hundreds of billions for cardiovascular diseases. Thirty percent of all health care increases were caused by Americans getting fatter. You think obesity can't be cured? Think about smoking. Where there was a will to attack smoking, it happened. Also the food industry. Whatever that food industry says about highly processed foods, they are not healthy. But Pollan's IN DEFENSE OF FOOD. He does have some pretty good, easy tips to follow and some of them are like this: Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. Don't eat anything with ingredients you can't pronounce. Stay out of the middle of the supermarket. Shop on the edges where the real food is. Don't eat anything that won't rot. And leave the table a little hungry. Enjoy meals with people you love. And, lastly, don't buy food where you buy gasoline.

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