The obesity epidemic in the US remains a puzzle to researchers and policymakers. A widely publicized report issued in June 2010 concluded obesity "threatens America's future." Both the health and financial costs are staggering and unsustainable.
In just the past year, the adult obesity rate rose in 28 states, falling only in the District of Columbia. If everyone were a healthy weight, Medicare costs would be 8.5% lower and Medicaid would be 11.8% lower.
There's only one problem. The mainstream nutrition guidelines the report describes to get everyone thin don't work. These dietary recommendations had the Federal stamp of approval for the last five years, yet obesity rates have skyrocketed in that time.
A complete change in how Americans eat is the answer. Half measures are basically useless and give only the illusion of getting anywhere. This illusion is dangerous because it prevents meaningful action.
A whole foods, plant-based diet is the solution to permanent, hunger-free weight loss. Studies consistently find that people on a plant-based diet are significantly thinner than followers of a meat and dairy diet.