You may have noticed a pattern with medical associations and other organizations that determine health guidelines for the average Joe or Joan…Every time the health guidelines change, a new group of people is suddenly considered unhealthy.
The ever-changing guidelines disseminated by the”experts” are like a constantly lowering limbo bar that usually benefits the healthcare industry. At least that’s what it looks like if you make a little timeline and compare notes.
I’m not saying these changes to health guidelines are all wrong, as newer findings should replace archaic practice — but it wouldn’t hurt to take these things with a grain of sea salt. In other words, always question “authority.” You know your body best.
Take for instance some of these guideline overhauls in recent history:
In 1998, around 29 million Americans became overweight overnight without gaining a single pound, thanks to new body mass index (BMI) standards set by NIH. Many were suddenly obese. Example: a 5 ft 4 in. woman at 154.9 pounds would have been perfectly healthy in May 1998. In June of that same year, she was suddenly “overweight” at 145 pounds and “obese” at 175 pounds. Talk about a boost to the weight-loss industry!
Many people are fed up with BMI standards since most athletes – are actually considered “obese” under these newer guidelines. Although there aren’t really any standard “obesity” drugs, obesity is considered the leading cause of death because it’s considered the harbinger of heart disease. So, right here, you can see how the healthcare industry – and even Big Food with its so-called “diet” foods – might benefit from this new guideline. Right now there is a major outcry about “fat-shaming” and “fat-acceptance” – you would think this important change would enter the discussion and set minds at ease, but most people don’t remember that it ever happened.