The Obesity Epidemic Is a Far Cry From Happy Days

Anyone close to my age will most certainly remember the very popular TV show on from 1974-1984: “Happy Days”. This was set in Milwaukee in the 1950’s-1960’s and included the now movie director and former Opie from the Andy Griffith Show, Ron Howard and also, who can forget ‘The Fonz”, played by Henry Winkler.

One of the major reasons why this show was so successful, aside from the fun characters, is the nostalgia created from people looking back into the 1950’s-60’s and seeing a more “simple” time. Probably no matter your age, I believe we all tend to look back 30 years a more in our lives and see a simpler, less stressed existence.

Back in the “Happy Days”, i.e. that time period, the obesity rate was 1/3 of what exists now in the United States. Fast forward to 2018: We have calorie counts and ingredient components spelled out on every food item we buy, we have much more medical knowledge about the risk factors associated with obesity, there have been numerous “weight loss medications” approved for release by the FDA, there are many more gyms/fitness classes available, there are incredible mobile apps that allow us to track caloric intake/steps taken, there are so many more “diet drinks” and prepackaged “diet” foods available and the microwave now exists for cooking to be done in a fraction of the time of an oven.

So, with all of these “modern day” accessories and “help” available to us, how is it possible that we 3X MORE obese now than we were in the “Happy Days” when none of these existed?

I am going to take the next several days to elaborate on the reasons/explanation of this and more importantly, what we can do to reverse this dire health epidemic. Until then, enjoy the clip!

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Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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