Is the Western Diet Killing Us Slowly?  Join us for a chat with Dr. Charles Platkin

Is the Western Diet Killing Us Slowly? Join us for a chat with Dr. Charles Platkin

“Conditions related to obesity, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer – they’re really diet related…and they have a lot of impact,” said Dr. Charles Platkin, founder and executive director of the Center for Food As Medicine and distinguished lecturer at the Hunger College NYC Food Policy Center.

“One in three adults [in the US] are overweight, more than two out of five adults suffer from obesity, about one out of 11 adults suffers from severe obesity”,and it will likely get worse before it gets better due to the lifestyle and dietary changes many Americans are making during the pandemic.

He explained at FoodNavigator-USA’s recent Futureproofing the Food System digital summit, which is now available free on demand if you register here,​that many Americans have become more sedentary after adopting a work-from-home or hybrid work schedule during and after the pandemic.

But many haven’t changed their diets as a result — instead, they continue to eat the convenient, processed or ultra-processed foods they relied on when they had fast-paced, nomadic lifestyles before the pandemic.

At the same time, during the pandemic, Americans became more aware of the impact of their diet on their health and many began to seek out products that could boost their immunity or support their well-being, which caused a flurry of marketing efforts by the food industry, according to Platkin and his colleagues. can do more harm than good in the study Food as medicine: how food and diet influence disease treatment and management,​ published by the Center For Food As Medicine and Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center.

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