In recent times, there has been much debate about the obesity issue and what is causing so many people to be so overweight.
In recent times, there has been much debate about the obesity issue and what is causing so many people to be so overweight.

LETTER: Is sugar really the culprit to our obesity problem?

IN RECENT times, there has been much debate about the obesity issue and what is causing so many people to be so overweight.

Many people have concluded that sugar is the culprit.

Could it be chemicals?

Folks, I am inclined to think that it is a combination of factors that are responsible for obesity, diabetes, cancer, and all the other maladies that today's society is cursed with.

Most sugar used in the home or commercial sector is refined white sugar.

Anything refined isn't that good, whether it's sugar, white flour, white rice, or anything else that has been highly processed.

Other factors to consider are that as a society today, we are highly stressed, we live under a constant cloud of a nuclear meltdown either in war or peace, jobs are no longer secure, the cost of living is astronomical, as is housing, we don't exercise enough we sit at computers all day, and drive everywhere instead of walking, and so on it goes.

My parents had a diet that people would be horrified at today.

Sugar, syrup, white bread and jam, puddings with main meals.

Still, very few people in those days were fat, let alone obese.

Years ago, you had to be unlucky to have cancer, diabetes, or any other or these serious diseases.

I am of the belief that living in today's world is the cause of so many health problems.

Do you agree? Join the conversation and have your say below. 

I have known of people who are strict vegans, no animal products whatsoever, and even restrictions on certain plant foods yet they still get cancer.

Diabetes experts also warn that grains, fruit, and root vegetables are too high in the glycaemic index.

I have to wonder if life's worth living?

MEL CHALMERS

Bundaberg



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