More than 95% of Americans do not follow the already lax U.S. dietary guidelines. Obesity is associated with serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Eating a plant-based diet appears to help with weight management by upregulating metabolism or altering gut flora and may also be safer and healthier than relying on drugs and surgery. Those trying to maintain a healthy weight may want to avoid eating chicken (see also here), fish, fish oil, dairy (see also here), and meats (see also here, here, and here). Foods that may help include beans, Indian gooseberries, broccoli, nuts (see here and here), soy, and green tea. Dr. Greger covers obesity in his full-length presentation, Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, where he explores the role diet may play in preventing, treating, and even reversing our top 15 killers.

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