According to the Multinational Comparisons of Health Systems Data, 2018 by the Commonwealth Fund, the United States is one of the most expensive health care systems among the industrialized countries. From 1980-2017, America spent more of its GDP (17.2% adjusted for cost of living) for healthcare spending. In an earlier study, it was found that this did not equate to better care. In fact, the U.S. ranked last in healthcare quality as compared to seven other industrialized countries. This is despite our “treatments,” as the average senior is estimated to be on 15 medications for chronic ailments.
Something isn’t working.
Many wellness experts point out that the major problem in efficacy in healthcare is lack of focus on lifestyle measures and healthy foods. They point to how poor diet and absence of exercise contributes to the “obesity epidemic.” I already debunked this thinking in my previous post and have devoted a whole article series on this form of healthism that is so pervasive in the wellness and integrative medicine community.
In my latest and fifth post, I explore more on why calorie counting and rigid rules with food and diet are not the sole solution to our healthcare problems. In fact, an obsessive focus on them may actually be contributing to the increase in sickness and mental illness in our society.
Read more here.
A Note for Those Struggling with Eating Disorders or Disordered Relationships with Food
I am a Health at Every Size (HAES) practitioner who is dedicated to supporting everyone, regardless of body size or food theory. If you are struggling with a dysfunctional relationship with your body, food, or exercise, please don’t continue to suffer in silence. Reach out for support. I am happy to either assist you myself or help you find the right fit for you. I am currently building up my network of colleagues who can also provide additional nutritional, psychological, and emotional resources.
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