Dr. Mark Hyman’s latest book reinforces everything we at OCA believe in and work toward, which is this: If we fix our food system, we can improve global health, revive economies, end poverty and social injustice, restore environmental health and reverse climate change.
“Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities and Our Planet—One Bite at a Time” came out in February, before most of us knew much about COVID-19.
We’ve since learned, among other things, that people with chronic diseases—including diet-related obesity and diabetes—are considered high risk for getting the virus in the first place, and for having worse outcomes if they get it.
Here’s what Hyman wrote, pre-COVID-19:
“Chronic disease is now the single biggest threat to global economic development. Lifestyle-caused diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer now kill nearly 50 million people a year, more than twice as many as die from infectious disease. Two billion people go to bed overweight and 800 million go to bed hungry in the world today. One in two Americans and one in four teenagers have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.”
We obtained permission to reprint the introduction to “Food Fix.” We hope you’ll read the whole book—and then encourage your friends and family to do the same.