The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the Covid pandemic, disordered eating and other social determinants helped push these statistics, but lets not forget that processed foods and sweetened beverages also contribute to weight gain.
One sweetener, aspartame is found in over 6000 products worldwide.
Many people still make the the mistake of thinking that products that have been artifically sweetened are a healthier option than regular sugar.
However nothing could be further from the truth.
The Defender reports: Over the years, an ever-growing number of studies have shown artificial sweeteners raise your risk of both obesity and Type 2 diabetes — perhaps even to a greater degree than sugar does. One example is an animal study, presented at the 2018 Experimental Biology conference in San Diego.
The study, which explored how different sweeteners affect the way food is used and stored in the body, and how they affect vascular functioning, found both sugar and artificial sweeteners result in impairments, albeit through different pathways.
After being fed a diet high in either artificial sweeteners (aspartame or acesulfame potassium) or sugars (glucose or fructose) for three weeks, detrimental effects were seen in all groups.
All had increased blood lipids (fats), but the artificial sweeteners also accumulated in the blood of the animals, which harmed the blood vessel lining to a greater degree.
The results indicate that artificial sweeteners alter how your body processes fat and produces energy at the cellular level. So, while operating on completely different chemical pathways, they produce the same kinds of health consequences as sugar.