How to eat well, feel well...... look well and be well

To understand how we’ve been led down a path to poor health let’s look at the influences that have been shaping our eating habits. We’ve been subjected to myths, untruths and misinformation.

A vendor arranges tomatoes on his stand at the Mahne Yehuda market in Jerusalem. Rising food and fuel prices in Israel have brought public pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to announce tax relief measures and the country's biggest trade union is considering a national strike (February 9, (photo credit: BAZ RATNER/REUTERS)
A vendor arranges tomatoes on his stand at the Mahne Yehuda market in Jerusalem. Rising food and fuel prices in Israel have brought public pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to announce tax relief measures and the country's biggest trade union is considering a national strike (February 9,
(photo credit: BAZ RATNER/REUTERS)
How can it be that we know so little about a thing we do so much? Eating is a vital part of living, yet close to 70% of the population is overweight, indicating that food has become a source of both pleasure and pain. Apparently, most of us are unaware of how what we eat affects us.
This series will explore the scientific basis for what has commonly been termed an obesity epidemic, to reveal how we gain weight (it’s not because we eat too much); why the struggle with nagging hunger is not a psychological fault (hunger is a physiological need, so no need for self-blame); and how weight loss and weight control can be achieved (it’s a matter of understanding the glucose/insulin phenomenon).
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