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Aug 2, 2008
There are currently twenty one countries that have obesity rates over 10% with the United States, Mexico, the UK, Canada and Greece being in the top five (in descending order). The affliction of obesity along with all it's co-morbid diseases, is putting a heavy burden on the health care systems in these countries as well.

It is understandable why obesity seems to have completely gotten out of control. People who overeat on a daily basis have actually stretched their stomachs to accommodate more food. Also, the food they eat is typically unhealthy. Their bodies can't use much of what they eat, so it gets purged or processed pretty quickly. All this means that obese people will get hungry more often, and eat more which perpetuates their weight upward even further. If individuals have a thyroid problem, then the situation can seem almost impossible.

There seems to be an end in sight for folks with spiraling hunger and obesity issues. For centuries the indigenous people of South Africa and Namibia have eaten the meat of a plant called hoodia gordonii to suppress their appetite and rid themselves of hunger pains while hunting for days at a time in the African deserts. The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research made this plant famous when they managed to isolate and patent the ingredient responsible for the effects on appetite and named it simply, P57. They partnered up with Pfizer and have been doing research on it ever since. Unfortunately because of the FDA standards that Pfizer has to meet, it could take years before they will be ready to present the product.

In order to meet market demands, companies that research and create all natural supplements are using the hoodia plant to make effective weight loss solutions. By using the meat of the plant like the indigenous people of South Africa did, a few companies have created a quality product that helps obese people loose weight with out having to exercise more or feel hungry all day. Hoodia has even been able to consistently help individuals with thyroid problems.

Unfortunately, as with any product that promises results this amazing, there are going to be scams and frauds. Consumers should be leery of any product that does not list its ingredients on the bottle, or that isn't backed up by real research.

Most hoodia products on the market today have been subject to independent testing at a company called Alkemists Pharmaceuticals where they run three very rigorous tests on identity and purity of ingredients, chromatography, and an analysis on macro and microscopy. Test results have been made public and display some shocking results. Over 90% of hoodia products are scams. They often have impure ingredients, trial amounts of hoodia, or no hoodia at all!

Hoodia is a great discovery that produces wonderful results for people who are severely over weight, or who just want to loose a few pounds. Despite a market that can be full of scams, there are one or two quality hoodia products out there that can help you loose weight quickly and safely, but it is always important to keep yourself informed. There is research out there that can help verify the products that you are interested in. So do your homework, and experience the remarkable effects of hoodia for yourself!
About the Author
Susan Chadwick writes for Global Health News, covering topics in all areas of health, from weight loss to internal cleansing.

A Hoodia Gordonii product tested by Alkemist Labs is sold under the brand name Hoodia Prime and can be found at www.HoodiaPrime.com or Hoodia Prime by Nature's Biology
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