Monday, June 20, 2016

Nutrition & Wellness: Summer Reading Suggestion

The western diet has become such a complex system that many scientists and nutritionists have spent years trying to understand. More than 1/3rd of the population is obese or overweight, and many Americans fall victim to diabetes, coronary heart disease, and various cancers. We are told to eat in moderation, restrict ourselves from eating the things we really enjoy, and when that doesn’t work out we are directed to pharmaceuticals. When pharmaceuticals don’t do our diet justice, we turn to extremes such as surgery (i.e. gastric-bypass). We have diets with success stories such as the Atkins Diet, Nutrisystem, etc. that many people believe are going to solve all their issues and give them the body they so hope to get. Unfortunately, this is not how it works for long-term health. What if there was a way to eat as much as you want, when you want, and still lose weight? Well, there is and there always has been. After reading the book, The China Study, by nutritionist Dr. Colin T. Campbell, I was able to understand how diets and disease worked.

The China Study is a comprehensive study on the dietary habits between Americans and Chinese living in rural populations. By comparing two separate lifestyles, Dr. Campbell was able to determine how nutrition plays more of a role in disease prevention than we may think. Fortunately, the Adrian G. Marcuse Library has just received a copy! This book can be located under call number 613.2 COL. Grab it today and learn how you can lead a healthy lifestyle today. 

Posted on June 20, 2016 I Blog post by Thomas Goonan (student worker of the LIM College Library)