Chapter 3         Chapter 3

Nutrition, the RDA, and Obesity

 

The recommended daily allowance for vitamins is that which the government considers are our minimum daily needs. It is based on the average amount of vitamins present in individuals not showing any overt signs of vitamin deficiency. This is the criterion on which our nutritional needs are ascertained, an “average of the average”, with no other medical or therapeutic considerations.

 

To say that we, in North America, are vitamin deficient is an understatement. One might safely assume that 99% of all Americans are deficient in one or more vitamins, as evidenced by the growing number of disease states in which people are afflicted. As we attempt to survive and thrive, burdened with poor diets, high in calories and low in nutrients, consisting of so much “junk food” providing a gross amount of empty calories, our health is understandably suffering.

It has been recently reported that this has been the first year in history that the proposed life expectancy for future generations is less than that of the present.

This is greatly due to the incidence of childhood obesity, which has reached epidemic levels in the United States and throughout the world. Experts estimate that one in every five children between the ages of 6 and 17 are overweight. Millions of these children face a higher risk, much earlier in life, of developing obesity-related disorders, such as diabetes and heart disease.

It is estimated that 15% of children are overweight and another 15% are at risk of becoming overweight, and that two thirds of these overweight kids will become overweight adults.

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prevalence of overweight among children aged 6 to 11 has more than doubled in the past 20 years going from 7% in 1980 to 18.8% in 2004. The rate among adolescents aged 12 to 19 more than tripled, increasing from 5% to 17.1%. It is estimated 61% of overweight young people have at least one additional risk factor for heart disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In addition, children who are overweight are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem. Overweight young people are more likely than children of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

 

Prevalence of overweight among children and adolescents ages 6-19 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is this author’s contention that it is impossible to eat enough food to provide oneself with the optimal amount of fortifying vitamins and necessary minerals to prevent disease and promote good health and longevity.

 In a 1937 Senate document, it was stated that “sufficient amounts of minerals were no longer found to be present in the soil, and therefore adequate amounts of minerals could no longer be expected to be found in our food"

                    { This was in 1937, do you think that our soils have become any richer? }

Plants cannot produce minerals, they must absorb them from the earth, which has become mineral poor, due to modern farming practices, in which the soil is depleted and not replenished.

Whether one is on a diet or not one must support one’s nutritional requirements with the addition of dietary supplements. “The body needs what the body needs” and although we may be able to fool ourselves into believing that we are getting all of the nutrients that our body’s demand, without additional suplimentation this is almost impossible to achieve, and disease will occur.

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