Dr Hans Diehl discusses the causes of chronic diseases in the United States and now worldwide. Obesity! Nearly 70% of Americans are overweight or obese. This is a major factor in developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. These diseases are very expensive and adversely affect the quality of our lives. The current generation of Americans, for the first time in history, are projected to live shorter lives than their parents. Look around. How many fat people do you see? Now, ask yourself, how many old fat people do you know!?
If you don’t think what we eat is a major factor in our health and longevity, please watch this lecture by Meg Richman, MD. She is a Professor at the University of California School of Medicine. In this lecture, she reviews the research findings of some of the top nutrition experts in the world.
What to do about it? — Whole Foods Markets spends millions of dollars per year to help their employees keep or regain their health. John Mackey, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Markets reports that because of their health promoting program, they have seen diabetes and heart disease reversed, and hundreds of employees lose over 100 pounds in less than a year. These programs cost Whole Foods Markets money, but he reports it saves them 10s of millions of dollars per year. During a lecture, when asked for advice by audience members on how to gain and keep good health, he encouraged them to get control of their diet, — and to learn how to cook, or marry someone who does know how to cook. It’s that important!.
“Learn How To Cook!”
IT’S THAT IMPORTANT!
During an interview, Dr. Dean Ornish was asked a question by an audience member about the cost of healthcare. From 44:01 to 47:44 in this video timeline, he explains why some insurance companies are hesitant to provide coverage for diet and lifestyle education. He also lists some of the significant cost savings for self insured corporations and insurance companies who do provide diet and lifestyle education for their employees, and insured members. He mentions more insurance companies are now beginning to pay for this education. The cost savings add to their bottom line profits.