“If everyone was a healthy weight we could close half the hospitals and get rid of half the doctors,” according to Philip Caravella, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. The family physician says obesity and being overweight are the leading causes of serious medical problems.
“The huge costs of medical care and medical insurance could be dramatically reduced if people understood the importance of fitness and normal weight,” he said.
So, is It the Diet or is It the Sedentary Lifestyle?
Caravella believes a nutritionally sound diet and exercise are both important for maintaining a healthy weight, but not enough credit is given to exercise.
“Experts focus on diet as the main cause of obesity when it isn’t,” Caravella said in an interview. He’s been studying the cause and effect of obesity for 20 years.
Excerpted from ecowatch.com