Book Calls for Modernizing Nutrition Policy to End US Health Crisis

The Food Bondage: Making a Case for the Human Diet criticizes the U.S. government’s faulty approach to the United States ongoing health crisis and offers a practical solution to the problem. Author Gregory Stypko’s motivation to write the book was the realization that the United States’ ultra-expensive health care and the misery stemming from nutrition-related illnesses are not inevitable. According to Stypko, it is feasible to rectify our harmful dietary behavior.

However, in the author’s view, the policymakers have never seriously considered fixing our nutrition. Instead they continue to focus on treating the aftermath of our obesity epidemic with health care instead of addressing its cause: our dysfunctional nutritional environment. The broad context in which we nourish ourselves includes nutritional advice as well as food prices, availability and advertising. All of those can be useful tools in a nutritional policy designated to counteract overeating. However, currently we use only two of them — farming subsidies and nutritional guidelines which affect food prices and nutritional advice. And, according to the author, neither are helpful in correcting our overeating habits.

In Stypko’s view, our tendency to overeat is much more than a run-of-the-mill behavioral issue. Its underlying cause is a powerful survival instinct, and the measures we apply to counteract it are pitifully inadequate. That is why millions of us can’t escape overeating on our own. Most of us carry extra weight despite the awareness of its potential health consequences. The official dietary guidelines, alternative diets, exercise and supplementation don’t help either.

One of the prominent flaws of our nutritional policy is the dietary advice that promotes our traditional three-meal, starch-based diet. According to Stypko, that regimen, combined with the popularity of highly caloric meals and flavor-enhancing techniques, significantly amplifies our natural overeating instincts. Conversely, our natural nomadic way of food consumption could be helpful in combating overeating because its basic structure makes it much easier to control calorie intake. According to the author, the framework of our pre-agrarian diet can be determined by analyzing the life circumstances of our nomadic ancestors. To prove this point, Stypko presents the reasoning that led him to the precepts of our natural diet.

Stypko does not doubt that we must push for nutritional reform, and one aspect of that restructuring should be updating the way we consume food. Our officially recommended regimen is not only unnatural but also conducive to overeating. It is a relic of our rural past that we try to fit into our modern lives that are full of fast food and cheap desserts. It just does not work.

The time for a change is now. We must modernize our nutrition to suit our 21st-century reality. In addition to revising our dietary recommendations, Stypko proposes specific changes that would reshape our nutritional environment to one that accounts for our eating instincts and facilitates making healthy dietary choices.

About the author:

Gregory Stypko is an engineer and author living in Ocean County NJ. He’s interested in a broad range of topics from physics through social issues to history. You can reach Gregory at gregstypko@gmail.com

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