America's Weight Problem
America has a 'big' health problem when it comes to weight issues. Around a third of our population is overweight, and another third is chronically overweight or 'obese'. The economic impact of health costs related to obesity (heart failure, chronic joint disruption, kidney failure) is in the hundreds of billions.
Catering to this trend is a new diet trend every few years telling people the secret to losing weight. Sometimes the enemy is carbs, sometimes sugar. But there's evidence to suggest that another culprit plays a substantial role in American obesity - the hormones in our meat.
Vietnam vs America
We're not talking about the Vietnam War. We're talking about the most obese country in the world, the USA, compared to the least obese country in the world, Vietnam. In Vietnam less than 1% of the population is obese.
Given the diet advice Americans are fed on a day to day basis, you would think that the Vietnamese hardly eat any carbohydrates or sugars. But quite the contrary. The unofficial national dish of Vietnam is the Bahn Mi sandwich - a large loaf of bread with a small amount of vegetables and meat inside. The Vietnamese diet consists of large amounts of noodles, baguettes, and rice. And consumption of processed foods and refined sugar is almost as common in Vietnam as it is in the USA.
The Meat Difference
In America the vast majority of meat that we eat is pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. This is what a chicken looks like in Vietnam:
And this is what a chicken looks like in America:
As your mom used to tell you, you are what you eat! But on a serious note, there is tons of science and research indicating a strong connection between the antibiotics and hormones in animals being consumed (indirectly) by humans - causing 'hormonal imbalances.'