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Obesity - The Solution

written by Max Sturman

reviewed by Dennis Moore

There could not have been a more timelier book, or more urgent message, than that found in Max Sturman's "Obesity - The Solution." Just today, February 1, 2011, in a story reported by MCT News Service, in the San Diego Union-Tribune Newspaper, it states; "In a new attempt to help an overweight nation slim down and improve its long-term health, the government released new dietary guidelines that called on Americans to eat less, cut down on salt, bulk up on fruits and vegetables, and try water instead of sugary soft drinks." Sturman has been saying this for years in a number of fitness and healthcare books published by him through his "Do It Naturally Foundation," a non-profit initiative by him to make us more conscious and committed to healthy living.

Sturman says that it is up to us to learn how to eat healthy and to do it naturally, and that his mission and life's work is to change the eating habits of our people and eliminate obesity for good.

Dr. Dennis Goodman, M.D., F.A.C.C. Sturman's cardiologist, states in the foreword to this book: "A tenet of his diet is avoiding all processed sugar. I cannot agree with him more. This in conjunction with eating fresh fruits and vegetables (he has his own organic garden), moderate amounts of carbohydrates, fat, and protein, plus daily exercise and an overall positive approach to life is a fresh recipe for good health." This La Jolla, California cardiologist further states in the foreword to Sturman's book: "I commend him for his wonderful, simple approach. It's an honor to be his cardiologist. It makes my job with him so easy 'like an early morning walk in the park' with a 'juicy fresh watermelon for breakfast.'"

In "Obesity - The Solution" you'll discover:

* Why the Japanese have a lower
rate of obesity than anyone else
In the world.
* Which foods are the primary
culprits in causing obesity.
* Some of the more subtle causes
of obesity.
* How to read nutrition fact labels
on foods.
* How to put together an eating
plan you can follow for life.

In "Obesity - The Solution," you will also get recipes for promoting good health and healthy eating, such as Max's Chicken Vegetable Soup, Max's Vegetable Soup, Poached Fish with Almonds, and Coconut and Sweet Potato Pudding.

This 93-year-old gentleman that resides in San Diego practices what he preaches, in his everyday life, and in his book, "Obesity - The Solution," promoting a healthy diet, exercise program, stress management, and good communication with health care providers. He looks 20 years younger than his age and epitomizes a healthy, well-balanced octogenarian who sets the standard for us all, no matter our age. When I have gone by his home, he invariably offers me fruit grown from his own orchard, which is typical of his simple, practical approach not only to weight reduction but more importantly an overall approach to being healthy.

The MCT News Service story further states: "Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who unveiled the guidelines with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, said three-quarters of every health care dollar is spent on chronic diseases related to diet - imposing a huge financial cost on business, governments and household budgets." Clearly, Sturman and his book, "Obesity - The Solution," is on the right path! As a matter of fact, Sturman has been in communication with first lady Michelle Obama in regard to this matter, references her in his book, and has received a responsive and congratulatory letter(s) from her office.

In a letter to Sturman from the White House, Office of Policy and Projects, dated April 14, 2010, it specifically states: "Mrs. Obama believes that people like you are vital to our success on this issue, and she urges you to stay active and continue to lead efforts to improve the health of children in your community." This is typical of the letters of support and encouragement that the author receives from our legislative leaders and everyday citizens from all over the country, which also includes a Certificate of Appreciation from the Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District.

Sturman states in his book: "According to the U.S. Surgeon General, obesity will soon take over as the number one cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, over 324,000 people die each year from illnesses directly caused or worsened by obesity." But, Sturman has the solution!

The author states: "Education, Emotions, Exercise, and Eating are the basic solutions to obesity." He says it all begins with education, which is why he continues to write books about a healthy, natural lifestyle.

"Obesity - The Solution" is chock-full of information and statistics from doctors and healthcare experts that gives us all pause for concern of this rising crisis. Notably, first lady Michelle Obama recently joined forces with the retailer Walmart, to address the issue of obesity, in her own "Let's Move" campaign. In a low-income section of Washington, the first lady joined Wal-Mart executives as the retailer unveiled its "Nutrition Charter," a five-part program designed to tackle the problem. I am sure that is music to the ears of Sturman, validation for his efforts.

Specifically, Sturman writes of the dangers of salt in our foods, and he further states that it is time for the public to play a more active role in what is put into the food, and research should be undertaken to develop new foods - foods that will contribute to our health and not to our detriment. This is certainly food for thought, and a book that I highly recommend. After reading this book, I instinctively find myself thinking of my food and nutrition consumption, each time I eat.

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Dennis Moore is a member of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild, and a freelance contributor to the San Diego Union-Tribune Newspaper. He has written for LifeAfter50 Magazine in Pasadena, California, and the Baja Times Newspaper in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. Mr. Moore can be contacted at demoore21@sprint.blackberry.net.