If you look at nature, it is obvious that wild animals are not obese as this would be a huge evolutionary disadvantage. A lion would not be able to hunt its prey and a gazelle would not be able to run fast enough to flee from predators. Overweight animals would also not be able to mate, putting its species at risk of extinction. Obesity is not a natural state and is not sustainable in the long run. To add, animals eat food that is specific for their own species and genes.
Pandas, for instance, like every other bear are supposed to be omnivores and scavengers animals, which means that they can eat a variety of food, from meat to vegetable sources. However, because of genetic modification in their DNA, they started to eat bamboo (99% of their diet) leading them to the edge of extinction.
Why are humans (animals) obese then?
Humans are becoming obese. In our world of abundance, obesity is not penalized but rather facilitated and encouraged. Consider how much excess food there is or how convenient it is to access food. In the Western world, we live a comfortable life with no predators chasing us as soon as we get out of bed. Human beings are obese because we overeat foods that would not be required in nature. A man with a 25% body fat and a woman with 32% of body fat, or higher, are considered obese. Being obese is becoming the norm and this is a problem.
We live in a “fake world” eating “fake foods”
Most of the food we eat has been somehow processed, put into a package, and sold in our closest grocery store. Refined sugars, grains, flours, oils from seeds, etc. are everywhere. All of these are highly toxic and harmful to our biochemistry. The solution to obesity is to eat whole foods that have been minimally or not processed at all. We need to eat foods that are good for us and compatible with our genetics. Our environment is constantly interacting with our DNA, as well as with the genes that promote obesity. If we change the environment we are exposed to, we are able to affect and change the DNA transcription too, as simple as that.
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Obesity is on the rise
The obesity ratio has drastically skyrocketed. Our genetic, playing a part in dictating our obesity, is still the same but our environment is the culprit. Among factors that impact obesity – like stress, sleep, exercise, sun exposure, and lifestyle – food has the most influence of all and has a tremendous impact on your overall health and well-being. Make sure you are aware and pay attention to what you put in your mouth if you don’t want to incur in extra weight and unpleasant consequences as you age.
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