Skinnier in the 80’s?

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

The Atlantic recently posted a provocative video (less than 5min) with some ideas about how we’re SO much heavier and less healthy now (compared to the 1980s), despite similarities in diet and exercise patterns – and what might be some of the causes?

On their short list…

  1. Exposure to plastics, endocrine disruptors (in cosmetics), antibiotics, and environmental contaminants (maybe you should enhance your liver’s ability to detoxify your exposure to this garbage)?
  2. Widespread use of antidepressant drugs – which are well-known to increase body weight, stimulate appetite, and decrease motivation to exercise (maybe you need to get off these dangerous and marginally-effective drugs)?
  3. Microbiome changes (gut bacteria) – eating a Western diet is known to reduce the diversity and resilience of our bacteria ecology (maybe you should look into improving microbiome balance – which can enhance metabolism and optimize mood state (energy, focus, motivation, resilience)?
About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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