Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross shares her knowledge of the reasons obesity is becoming more prevalent.
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Dr. Carolyn Ross: Hi, I am Dr. Carolyn Ross, and I am integrating medicine and eating disorder specialist. I am board certified in addiction medicine and in preventive medicine. In my practice, I see patients with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder as well as women who are struggling with obesity. I also treat addictions and more disorders with integrative therapies. Question: Why is obesity becoming more prevalent? Dr. Carolyn Ross: So why is there such an increase in obesity these days, that's a very complex question. One of the components that we look at is genetics. Obesity is about 40-70% inherited. This is something that you may not think much about. but I liken this to Salmon, who have to swim up stream in order to survive, that's the way people with the obesity gene are. They are constantly fighting against that genetic -- Now you put that in collision with the changes in our diet, such as the marked increase in the use of high fructose corn syrup, the super-sizing the intensive availability of food that we have everywhere we look. Then that's where you have that combination of two very, what you call an explosive factors that have created this obesity epidemic.