Fatter, sicker, dumber. Three ways the Western diet is eating you and your future alive and how you can stop it. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Wikipedia provides this definition of the Western diet: "The Western pattern diet (WPD) or standard American diet (SAD) is a modern dietary pattern that is generally characterized by high intakes of red meat, processed meat, pre-packaged foods, butter, fried foods, high fat dairy products, eggs, refined grains, potatoes, corn (and high fructose corn syrup) and high sugar drinks. "
That's about right.
Despite the rise in popularity of The Mediterranean diet, the West African diet, the Asian Fish diet and other, more healthy options, the Western diet is growing in popularity and spreading throughout the world. Why? Because cheap, savory, ultra processed and chemically altered foods are from companies with huge advertising budgets, the foods are conveniently located and the foods can hook you into food addiction because you can actually develop addictions to the sugar. Just in case some of you believe this is just a matter of freedom of choice, let me provide four recent discoveries in science that indicate the Western diet is destroying your future.
The Western diet has been directly linked to the rise of cancer in Western countries and it's spread throughout the emerging world. https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/22/health/diet-cancer-risk-study/index.html
The Western diet has been directly linked to the obesity epidemic happening in Western countries and now spreading in emerging countries as they embrace it. Wherever the Western diet goes in the world, an obesity epidemic is quick to follow....https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170111184359.htm
Some preliminary research indicates that the Western diet may be linked to the drop in intelligence that's trending in Western countries. NOTE: The drop in intelligence is in families and not directly related to recent immigration. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/iq-rates-are-dropping-many-developed-countries-doesn-t-bode-ncna1008576
And yes, the Western diet is directly related to the climate crisis. https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/18/health/plant-based-diet-climate-change-food-drayer/index.html
This is the scorched earth being left in the wake of the Western diet. But it's not like there aren't alternatives. There are, but the lobby to keep you on the diet is significant. Here are some things you can do:
Don't make it a zero sum game. I love chocolate, but I'm not going to cut it completely out of my list of rewards I can give to myself for a job well done. Now, I get the 92% real cacao. Even more, I've reduced my daily added sugar intake to less than 20 grams per day. It's not gone, it just doesn't own me anymore.
Go organic. I can hear some of you already saying "but organic is so much more expensive!" More expensive than a coronary? More expensive than chemotherapy? It's not about the expense. It's about our priorities. We've lived on the cheap for so long, we forgot that quality costs a little more, but in the end, it's worth it.
Partner with food conscious friends. It's true....we are greatly influenced in our food choices by the company we keep. If someone close to us has a more conscious food perspective, we tend to lean in to their choices because we respect them. If we're with someone that eats anything and everything, we tend to mirror that experience, too.
There are alternatives to the Western diet, despite how all-pervasive it may seem. Your future depends on you knowing that fact.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org