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Luo Han Guo Prevents Tumor Formation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dee McCaffrey, CDC   
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

There's a new natural sweetener on the market.  Well, it's new to us, but very old to the Chinese who have been using luo han guo  - a pulpy fruit  -  as a natural sweetener and healing remedy for many centuries. It is also known as "monk fruit," so named because it was often eaten by the luohan monks in China.luo-han-guo on vine

Traditionally used to make a sweet tea with medicinal properties, Luo han guo is called the "longevity fruit" because the steep mountain fields in Guangxi Province in southern China, where it is grown, have an unusual number of residents that live to be one hundred years old or more.


The fruit, which grows on vines, looks a bit like a kiwifruit - but it has completely different qualities. From the same family as melons and cucumbers, luo han guo is round, 5 - 7 centimeters in diameter, smooth, yellow-brownish or green-brownish color, with a hard but thin skin covered by fine hairs. It contains a sweet, fleshy, edible pulp and numerous seeds. 


luo-han-guoLuo han guo has almost no effect on blood sugar levels, with only 2 calories per serving. The fruit is used only after it is dried, and can be ground into a powder that contains natural substances called mogrosides (from the same family of glycosides found in stevia). These natural compounds make luo han guo three hundred times sweeter than sugar, and like stevia's glycosides, they are also responsible for some of the health benefits associated with the fruit. Many promising studies are being conducted, which are confirming the nutritional and healing properties of luo han guo.

The mogrosides in luo han guo are being studied for:


Research at Nihon University in Japan indicated that luo han guo has the potential to fight tumors.  They have identified nearly 20 compounds for further investigation. A 2003 study from the University of Hiroshima identified two mogrosides in luo han guo that showed "remarkable inhibitory effects" on the growth of skin tumors in laboratory animals.

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A 2002 study published in the Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis found that the mogrosides in luo han guo have antioxidant properties that prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.  Oxidized LDL cholesterol plays a role in the formation of plaque in arteries and increases the likelihood of heart disease and strokes, therefore luo han guo may defend against heart disease.

A 2001 Japanese study published in the Journal of Traditional Medicines illustrated that mogrosides in luo han go act as antihistamines to against allergies and asthma.

A study published in the April 2008 online issue of Nutrition Research found that a luo han guo extract had a powerful impact on the health of diabetic rats. When given the extract for 4 weeks, the rats showed decreased levels of blood sugar, total cholesterol, and triglycerides, and improved liver health.  In addition, there was an increase in HDL (the "good") cholesterol levels and protective antioxidants found in the rats livers. These results indicate that luo han guo may have a role to play in the management of diabetes and diabetic-related cardiovascular damage.

In 2007 the British Journal of Nutrition published the results of a 13-week study conducted on diabetic rats at Osaka Prefecture University in Japan. The study showed an improvement in insulin response and a reduction in blood sugar were found in rats given extracts of luo han guo. There was also evidence that luo han guo has a  protective effect on the kidneys which are sensitive to damage caused by diabetes.

A study from the August 2006 issue of Molecular Nutrition and Food Research offers evidence that mogrosides may help to protect the pancreas in type 1 diabetic mice. The pancreas is responsible for the production of insulin. In diabetics, certain pancreatic cells are damaged and, therefore, do not produce insulin as they should. The study showed that the mogrosides in luo han guo extracts may counter the inflammation that can damage insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Other promising studies on rats from the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry demonstrated that mogrosides do not raise blood sugar levels and even slow the entrance of other sugars into the bloodstream.

The traditional use of the fruit is to collect it while it is still green and unripe, as the ripe fruit tends to ferment easily and leads to the formation of several bitter and astringent aromas.  After collection, the fruits are slowly dried in ovens, which preserves it and removes most of the offending aromas.  Traditional uses include medicinal teas and soups.


A modern process has been developed to allow the sweet tasting mogrosides to be extracted from the fruit and leaving behind the bitter and astringent aromas.

Like stevia, luo han guo can be purchased in powdered form in packets or in larger containers, or as a liquid extract. As is can withstand the high temperatures of baking, you can use it in recipes and to sweeten foods.



1. M. Ukiya, T. Akihisa, H. Tokuda, et al., "Inhibitory Effects of Cucurbitane Glycosides and Other Triterpenoids From the Fruit of Momordica Grosvenori on Epstein-Barr Virus Early Antigen Induced by Tumor Promoter 12-O-Tetradecanoylphorbol-13-Acetate," Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, 50 no. 23 (November 6, 2002): 6710-6715.

2. E. Takeo, H. Yoshida, N. Tada, et al., "Sweet Elements of Siraitia Grosvenori Inhibit Oxidative Modification of Low-Density Lipoprotein," Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis, 9 no. 2 (2002):114-120.

3. S. Takagi, et. al., "Anti-Allergic Activity of Glycopeptide Isolated from Perilla Frutescens," Journal of Traditional Medicines, 18 no.6 (2001): 239-244.

4. Xiang-Yang Qi, Wei-Jun Chen, Li-Qin Zhang, Bi-Jun Xie, "Mogrosides Extract From Siraitia Grosvenori Scavenges Free Radicals in Vitro and Lowers Oxidative Stress, Serum Glucose, and Lipid Levels in Alloxan-Induced Diabetic Mice," Nutrition Research, 4 no. 28 (April 2008):278-284.

5. Yasushi A. Suzuki, et. al., "Antidiabetic Effect of Long-Term Supplementation with Siraitia Grosvenori on the Spontaneously Diabetic Goto Kakizaki Rat," British Journal of Nutrition, 97 (2007): 770 - 775.

6. Xiang-Yang Qi, Wei-Jun Chen, Li-Qin Zhang, Bi-Jun Xie, "Effect of a Siraitia Grosvenori Extract Containing Mogrosides on the Cellular Immune System of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Mice," Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 50 no. 8 (August 2006): 732-738.

7. Y.A. Suzuki, et al., "Triterpene Glycosides of Siraitia Grosvenori Inhibit Rat Intestinal Maltase and Suppress the Rise in Blood Glucose Level After a Single Oral Administration of Maltose in Rats," Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, 53, no. 8 (April 20, 2005): 2941-2946.

Coconut Oil Stops and Reverses Alzheimer's PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dee McCaffrey, CDC   
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In 2003, medical doctor Mary Newport's husband Steve, then only 53 years old, started showing signs of dementia, and was later diagnosed as being in the severe stages of Alzheimer's.  He was put on several medications to help slow the progression of the disease, but he continued to decline. Dr. Newport watched her husband of 36 years simply fade away. 


Behind cancer, Alzheimer's is the second greatest health fear among Americans. It is a frightening disease characterized by failing memory, erratic behaviors and loss of bodily functions. It slowly takes away a person's identity and their ability to think, eat, talk, and walk.  There is no cure and there is no definitive cause.  Doctors don't even know how to stop or even prevent the tragic disease that is currently destroying the lives of 5.3 million Americans. 

But Dr. Newport, a neonatologist and medical director of the newborn intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Tampa, Florida, could not accept her husband's ill fate, and decided to take matters into her own hands.  She began researching the science behind Alzheimer's and what happens in the brain cells of people who suffer from the disease.  During that research she discovered clinical results from a new medication being tested that had effectively stopped the progression of Alzheimer's disease and showed actual memory improvement. No other Alzheimer's medications have shown actual memory improvement - only that they can slow the progression of the disease. 

In the new medication's patent application, she found an in-depth discussion of its main component - medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) from coconut oil.  Dr. Newport began adding coconut oil to Steve's diet, and saw immediate and dramatic results, which she later documented in her book Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was A Cure? (Basic Health Publications, October 2011).  This five-minute video gives an overview of Dr. Newport's experience with using coconut oil as a dietary intervention for Alzheimer's.



If you have read my books or taken my classes, you know that I am a strong advocate for coconut oil, and I have been teaching about its virtues for nearly a decade.  Of all the health-promoting fats, coconut oil is uniquely curative, providing health benefits that surpass even those of other highly regarded oils. Over the last decade, a growing body of research is proving scientifically what traditional coconut-eating societies have known for thousands of years: coconut oil is not only a valuable and delicious food, but also a powerful medicine.

Among its innumerable health benefits, coconut oil has been shown to protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and a host of other degenerative diseases. It also raises good (HDL) cholesterol, improves thyroid function and facilitates weight loss.  It strengthens the immune system and destroys a wide array of serious viruses and bacteria, including measles, shingles, herpes, and HIV.

Most of coconut oil's virtues come from medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which comprise about 60 percent of it composition.  In clinical studies MCTs have produced better results in Alzheimer's patients than any other treatment currently known. 

In healthy people, the brain's cells absorb glucose (blood sugar) and convert it into energy that fuels the brain.  But brain cells in Alzheimer patients have developed a form of "glucose resistance" - the inability of the brain to effectively utilize glucose to produce energy. Alzheimer's is essentially a type of "diabetes of the brain" that begins 10 or 20 years prior to noticeable symptoms. This defect in energy conversion starves the brain cells and they die. When brain cells die, the brain rapidly ages and degenerates into dementia.

Most of the glucose our bodies need is derived from carbohydrates in our foods.  However, the body has a back-up plan for fueling the brain when glucose levels are low, such as during a fast or when following a low carbohydrate diet, and even during starvation.  This alternative fuel source comes in the form of ketone bodies or ketones. Ketones are a special type of high-energy fuel, produced from fat stored in the liver, specifically to nourish the brain. Under normal conditions, only a small amount of ketones circulate in our blood, but as blood glucose levels go down, ketone production steps up. This way the brain has a continual supply of either glucose or ketones to rely on.

Extremely low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets are called "ketogenic" diets, and have been used for over 90 years to successfully treat epilepsy, another degenerative brain disease.  However, following such a diet is difficult and impractical long term, and is not healthy.  It is also not necessary.  The MCTs in coconut oil are easily converted to ketones in the liver. Two tablespoons of coconut oil can produce enough ketones to have a significant effect on brain function.  Coconut oil is the source of the MCTs used in Alzheimer's studies and to produce pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Newport  proved that coconut oil alone or in combination with MCT oil can effectively stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease and reverse the symptoms.  But the Newports are not the only people who have found positive results with ketones. In his groundbreaking book, Stop Alzheimer's Now!: How to Prevent & Reverse Dementia, Parkinson's, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis & Other Neurodegenerative Disorders (Picadilly Books, February 2011), Dr. Bruce Fife, a leading expert on coconut oil research, offers a wide array of documented scientific findings on the therapeutic use of coconut ketones.

I want to add a few of my own words about the video: Although the source of the video is from a religious news station, I do not endorse any ideology.  There are other videos of interviews with Dr. Mary Newport and her husband available for you to watch on YouTube, however I found this one to be the most succinct and interesting, and that is why I chose to offer it here.

Also, there is a particular brand of coconut oil that is prominently staged in the video, and I do not endorse that brand. It is a refined, bleached, and deodorized coconut oil that has been processed at high temperatures. I don't doubt that the manufacturer of that coconut oil paid for placement, but it is the brand that Dr. Newport says she used in her husband's diet. While it may work for producing ketones in the body to improve memory, it lacks the other important nutrients, such as minerals and antioxidants, that are responsible for coconut oil's other numerous health benefits.  I recommend extra virgin unrefined coconut oil from Tropical Traditions (


Finally, while adding coconut oil into the diet can have a remarkable effect on brain health, Dr. Bruce Fife explains that coconut ketones alone are not the complete solution. Diet also affects brain health. What you eat can either enhance the effectiveness of ketone therapy or interfere with it. An improper diet can sabotage the beneficial effects produced by coconut ketones. This explains why some Alzheimer's patients who have simply added coconut oil without making any other changes to their diets have experienced only modest improvement. Some foods and food additives promote neurodegeneration.


A processed-free diet low in complex carbohydrates from vegetables, fruits and whole grains, rich in healthy fats including omega-3 stop Alzheimer's dead in its tracks and bring about substantial improvement. Dr Fife's book and Dr. Newport's book and website provide details on how to use coconut oil along with a proper diet to successfully combat Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disorders.



1.  Bruce Fife, ND , Conquering Alzheimer's with Coconut Ketones,


2.  Eve Hosley-Moore, "Doctor says an oil lessened Alzheimer's effects on her husband," Tampa Bay Times, October 29, 2008

Is Sugar Toxic? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dee McCaffrey, CDC   
Saturday, June 25, 2016


Dr. Robert Lustig believes sugar is a toxin.  He's been a lone voice on the topic, until now. On Sunday, April 1, 2012, the CBS news show 60 Minutes aired a segment titled "Is Sugar Toxic?" about the serious toll that sugar takes on our health.  It was no April Fool's joke - new research coming out of some our country's most respected institutions is showing that refined sugar consumption (including high fructose corn syrup) is linked to heart disease and cancer, and that it is as powerfully addictive as cocaine - quite possibly one of the most addictive substances available.

Nearly every scientist they interviewed for the segment said they are eliminating sugar from their diets, based on the compelling and undeniable health impacts. Not surprisingly, the only person interviewed who didn't show concern was the guy who serves on the board of the Sugar Association.  He tried to defend sugar by relying on the standard line that "people need to reduce calories and exercise more." As the evidence continues to mount in favor of the toxicity of sugar, that antiquated argument gets weaker by the minute.  As Dr. Lustig and the other scientists point out, calories from refined sugars are very different from the calories in fruit and other natural whole foods.  Cutting out sugar and processed foods is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

To gain an appreciation of just what sugar does to your body, I encourage you to watch the 14-minute segment in its entirety.  You can also learn more by checking out two other videos and articles I've written about the health effects of sugar: Sugar: The Bitter Truth and Time to Regulate Sugar?.

Genetically Modified Corn Releases Insecticide Into Waterways, and It Harms Humans Too! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dee McCaffrey, CDC   
Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Two separate studies are proving the hazards of genetically modified corn in the environment.  In the journal Nature, Dr Guenther Stotzky and researchers at New York University determined that genetically modified corn releases an insecticide through its roots into the soil.  The corn is called "Bt corn" a type of corn that is engineered to carry a gene from the Bacillus thuriengensis (Bt) bacteria that produces an insecticide in the corn to protect it against insects such as corn borer pests.  Basically, when the pests eat the corn, they die from the insecticide.  The idea behind genetically modified corn and other crops, is that if the plant itself contains the insecticide, then the farmers donât have to spray as much pesticide on the crops.

Another study conducted by researchers from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, has shown that the insecticide from Bt corn is contaminating a significant number of streams near the great corn belt of the American Midwest. The researchers tested 217 Indiana streams for traces of the insecticide.  Eighty-six percent of the streams tested in the study contained corn cobs, husks, leaves or stalks from Bt corn.  They found the insectide in 13 percent of the streams. Every contaminated stream was within 500 meters (1,600 feet) of a corn field.

The ramifications are vast just in the Midwestern "Corn Belt" states of Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, where about 90 percent of streams and rivers are within 500 meters of a corn field. This amounts to 159,000 miles worth of waterways at risk from Bt corn contamination.

After corn crops are harvested, a common agricultural practice is to leave discarded plant material on the fields. This a "no-till" form of agriculture minimizes soil erosion, but it then also sets the stage for corn byproducts to enter nearby stream channels. 

"Our research adds to the growing body of evidence that corn crop byproducts can be dispersed throughout a stream network, and that the insecticidal compounds associated with genetically modified crops can enter nearby water bodies," researcher Emma Rosi-Marshall was quoted as saying.

 These studies are among the first to show that the tissues of GM crops can harm the environment after the plant has died.  Stotzky called for more studies to determine the impact of the toxin's build-up in the soil on insects and other organisms.  "Those studies need to be done. They should have been done a long time ago before the regulatory agencies allowed the release of these plants," he is quoted as saying.

The environmental ramification are concern enough, but it is the impact on humans eating GMO's that have scientists and consumers very worried.  As crazy as it sounds, there have never been any human clinical trials on the effects of GMOs on our health, and not many long-term animal-feeding studies either, so we are largely in the dark about their effect on our population.

Scientists at the FDA warned about possible disasters back in 1991.  At the time, there was overwhelming consensus among scientists at the FDA that GM foods were substantially different, and could create unpredictable, unsafe, and hard-to-detect allergens, toxins, diseases, and nutritional problems.  They urged the FDA to require long-term safety studies, including human studies, to protect the public.

But, in spite of the protests by the scientists, the warnings were ignored by the FDA, which was under orders by the White House administration at the time to promote biotechnology.  As a result, they allowed GMO's such as soybeans, corn, cottonseed, and rapeseeds (canola) with bacterial genes forced into their DNA to enter our diet without any required safety evaluations.

In 2008 a Dr. Jurgen Zentek, a professor at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, reported the results of a 20-week study where he fed one group of laboratory mice traditional corn and another group  genetically modified corn.

Results showed that the mice who ate the GM corn had fewer litters, fewer offspring, and more instances of complete infertility than those receiving a conventional diet. Not only that, but the infertility of the GM-corn-fed rodents became more pronounced with each passing litter.

In 2010 a study reported that the insecticide-producing Bt gene has been detected in the blood of pregnant women, their fetuses and non-pregnant women who ate typical diets.  Health concerns have caused seven countries in the European Union, Austria, Hungary, Greece, France, Luxembourg, Germany and Bulgaria, to ban Bt crops.

Earlier this year new scientific research revealing the health risks of Bt crops has spurred France and Germany to seek an EU-wide ban. The new research follows up on a Monsanto study where rats fed the corn showed evidence of liver and kidney toxicity, providing evidence that the engineered Bt gene actually kills human cells.

The US, however, continues its grand uncontrolled GM experiment on its citizens. With bio-engineered seeds accounting for as much as 85% of the corn crop in the US, it's all but impossible to avoid in one form (on the cob) or another (artifical sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and an unbelievable number of food additives).

The best way to avoid GM foods is to eat organic.  USDA certified organic crops and products cannot contain GM ingredients by law.  The Organic Consumers Association is urging everyone who cares about the future of agriculture and the protection of human health, please write to the EPA today, demanding a total ban on insecticide-producing GMO crops. You can sign their petition here.

The Weight of the Nation: To Win We Have to Lose PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dee McCaffrey, CDC   
Saturday, June 11, 2016

"The weight of the nation is out of control, but we can fix that."  That is the resounding message of a four-part documentary series airing on HBO. The turning point at which our nation stands today, is not that much different from where I stood twenty years ago.

In April 1992, I was literally brought to my knees by a savage awareness that processed foods were killing me.  I had been overweight since childhood, and by the time I was thirty, I had dieted my way into seemingly permanent obesity.  Carrying 210 pounds on my 4'10" petite body frame, I was twice the normal weight for someone my height.

At that time, the words of one of the experts featured in The Weight of the Nation, were true for me as well: "Obesity is the biggest threat to the health and welfare of this country.  It's not only about health; it's about survival and well-being."  After a harrowing hiking experience, I understood that for me, weight loss was more about my survival than anything else.  I decided to make healthy eating the single most important thing in my life without exception.  One bite at a time, I studiously removed processed foods from my life and replaced them with the real foods our body is designed to eat. In April of this year, I tallied twenty years of sustaining a 100-pound weight loss. The details of how I changed my life (and how you can change yours) are in my book The Science of Skinny.

As I mark this milestone anniversary, I can't help but feel an odd sense of irony. In the two decades that I have kept my weight off, obesity has become a chronic illness in the U.S. that has reached epidemic proportions.  While I have continued to keep processed foods out of my life, the food industry has been adding more to everyone else's.  Weight gain used to be a matter of eating too much food, and for some people that is still the case.  But for many, especially children, the weight gain of today is characterized by forces no pre-1990's glutton ever had to contend with.  Highly refined carbohydrates, processed cooking oils, and an unbelievable myriad of food additives have been linked to unforeseen and powerful chemical reactions in the body and brain, inducing obesity at rapid and alarming rates.

In September 2011, researchers at the University of California Irvine published research that found that the types of oils used in starchy foods such as French fries and potato chips trigger the body to produce natural marijuana-like chemicals called endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids make these foods irresistible and stimulate a biological mechanism that encourages gluttonous behavior.  In other words, when you eat foods cooked in these types of processed cooking oils, your body is hijacked to get the munchies in much the same way people do when they smoke marijuana.

In 1968, Dr. John Olney discovered that monosodium glutamate (MSG) creates a biochemical disturbance that triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, leading to a change in metabolism and fat storing mechanisms inducing obesity in a very short amount of time. The obesity-effect of MSG is so reproducible that scientists purposefully use MSG to induce obesity in laboratory animals to study the effects of obesity and diabetes.  These are only two examples of how food additives and food processing wreak havoc on our normal body chemistry.  Regular consumption of refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup create different, yet equally devastating, routes to quick obesity.  The synergistic effect has not been studied, but we can see that this type of obesity is aggressive, stubborn, and more deadly than ever. The rates of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer also have risen dramatically over the last two decades.

The Weight of the Nation should be required viewing by every American, because as another expert featured in the film says, "All of us have to be part of the solution to reduce obesity." Perhaps that is why HBO has made all four parts of the documentary available for viewing on their website for free.  You don't have to be an HBO subscriber to see it.  Click here to go to The Weight of the Nation webpage.

I found the documentary not just informative, but inspiring and touching as well.  Each part features case studies, interviews with leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity. Part One, CONSEQUENCES, lays out the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese.  This is where we hear all the staggering statistics that have been ignored thus far.  But we also get to see the individual human side of the problem.  Asked to describe life as an obese person, more than one interviewee honestly shared their sense of isolation and limitation.  "It's like I'm in some kind of prison," one said. I strongly related to that statement, as I often felt imprisoned by my weight, and separate from other people on many levels.  Consequently, I always felt lonely even in a crowded room.

Some also feel they've been deceived by the food industry and the government, led to believe that their consumption of snack foods, sugary cereals, sodas and juices too, is safe and even desirable, that such choices don't have deleterious consequences, either immediate or delayed. After all, the marketing of such foods is legal, as are the use of food additives, which are supposedly "safe".

One consequence that was not pointed out, but one that I would have liked to see, is the way science and researchers deal with the effects of food additives on our biochemistry.  For instance, the researchers who discovered that fatty foods create natural chemicals in our bodies called endocannabinoids that make us want to eat more, suggested that the findings open up the door for the development of a new drug that would block the receptor sites for endocannabinoids, to stop the overeating mechanism.  Rather than encouraging people to stop eating foods made with processed cooking oils, they want to create a drug that allows people to continue eating foods that damage their health!

Part Two, CHOICES, explores ways to address the obesity problem and what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. Several approaches are documented, including one called "Mindful Eating" that is being studied at the University of California San Francisco.  Mindful eating means paying attention to what and when you eat, learning to make choices based on actual hunger and learning to value the quality of your food.  In my opinion, mindful eating is an important good beginning, but one must also know how processed foods hijack your ability to even discern whether or not you are hungry.  Learning to value the quality of your food also means learning to value yourself: a more important factor in weight loss than anything else.

As many can attest, losing the weight is the easy part. The hard part is that you have to change your lifestyle for the rest of your life if you want to keep it off. People such as myself who have kept weight off for many years, will tell you that many behavioral, social, eating and thinking patterns had to be permanently altered.   The documentary makes a consistent basic argument to those who want to lose weight: educate yourself and act on what you learn. I couldn't agree more.

Part Three, CHILDREN IN CRISIS, documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation's children. Through individual stories, this part describes how the strong forces at work in our society are causing children to consume too many calories and expend too little energy; tackling subjects from school lunches to the decline of physical education, the demise of school recess and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. The multibillion-dollar food and advertising industries, and public officials are highly criticized for not only failing to fix the problem but actually making it worse.

Today's children are likely the first generation of children who are going to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.  NIH director Francis Collins warns, "If you were told your child was at risk for cancer, that would get your attention. If you were told your child is at risk for some sort of brain disease, that would get your attention. Well, obesity ought to be on that list."

We can no longer call obesity a matter of personal responsibility.  When children as young as 6 months old are obese, it is not their fault.  They are living in a toxic food environment, and the environment needs to change just as much as each individual and family needs to take responsibility for their own health, despite the environment.

Part Four, CHALLENGES, examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry.  Almost every aspect of our lives is threatened, and the first step toward ending the damage is learning how to fight back.

"Weight of the Nation" encourages viewers to feel responsible for their own lives and to make informed choices.  It is filled with provocative and sometimes scary information. But the most empowering take-away in the series is that the nation's weight crisis can be reversed. So, for that matter, can an individual's weight crisis.  I reversed my weight crisis.  You can too.


"The Weight of the Nation," HBO,

David Wiegand, "The Weight of the Nation" review; Obesity Crisis,,  May 10, 2012,

Cynthia Fuchs, 'Weight of the Nation' Is a Call to Action,, May 14, 2012,

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