Is Obesity Caused By Politics?05/09/13 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei.
Coming up weâ€™ll talk with a doctor who thinks that our obesity epidemic has a political cause.
But first- several listener comments about yesterdayâ€™s program. Yesterday we had two guests on the whole hour who were experts on gun violence. Hereâ€™s what several listeners had to say afterward, and thereâ€™s a comment about yesterdayâ€™s Democracy Now.
The obesity rate in the US is skyrocketing . Almost 36% of Americans are now obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition 70% of Americans are either officially overweight or obese. These numbers have climbed steeply since the early 1980â€™s. Our next guest is Doug Kihn, heâ€™s a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles. Heâ€™s a licensed acupuncturist. In an article this month for Truthout he says the underlying causes for the American obesity epidemic are economic and political.
He joins us now.