Why Are There No Fat People in Colorado

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Why are there no fat people in Colorado? What’s their secret?


0:00 Introduction: Why are there no fat people in Colorado?
0:37 Obesity rates in the US
1:34 Vitamin D and obesity
3:45 Age and obesity
4:04 Trends of obesity
4:52 Elevation and obesity
6:37 Vitamin D deficiency
7:07 Vitamin D and stress

Today, we’re going to look at the obesity rates in the United States. Why are there no fat people in Colorado?

Areas of the US with higher Black, Latino, and American Indian populations have higher obesity rates. The elderly have higher rates of obesity as well.

People with darker skin tones have more melanin, making it more difficult to absorb vitamin D. It also becomes more difficult to absorb vitamin D as you age.

Chronic vitamin D deficiency can lead to obesity. The more overweight a person is, the more vitamin D they need.

The characteristics of metabolic syndrome align perfectly with the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency can create inflammation, high blood glucose, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance is the driving factor behind obesity. If you have insulin resistance, you have too much insulin. Insulin is a fat-storing hormone that causes you to gain weight. Vitamin D helps keep insulin sensitive, but vitamin D doesn’t work well if you have insulin resistance.

Colorado is a high-altitude state situated several thousand feet above sea level. This means it’s closer to the sun. The closer you are to the sun, the more vitamin D you’re exposed to.

Vitamin D exposure in Colorado could be the most critical variable influencing people's weight.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book "The Healthy Keto Plan" and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this increases your awareness about the importance of vitamin D and its connection to body weight. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. @DanCantStandYA on March 29, 2024 at 12:07 pm

    Its a lower percentage, sure, but definitely not None. Boulder has the least fat people I’ve ever experienced. Sterling Colorado has the normal 50% obesity rate.

    • @allhimwithme5115 on March 29, 2024 at 12:21 pm

      Statistical analysis seems to be a severely lacking understanding in Dr. Berg’s audience.

    • @creativereinvestor on March 29, 2024 at 12:39 pm

      No wonder, average price house is 740k , people are starving to death so they can pay their mortgage😂😂

    • @tupscolls776 on March 29, 2024 at 1:15 pm


    • @tupscolls776 on March 29, 2024 at 1:16 pm

      ⁠@@creativereinvestorI live in northern CO, I’m not fat! 😅

    • @creativereinvestor on March 29, 2024 at 1:34 pm

      @@tupscolls776 Good for you, I don’t understand why real estate cost so much in Colorado compared to south Carolina for instance , even 50 miles away from Denver land and property is expensive

  2. @andrecrosby466 on March 29, 2024 at 12:08 pm

    There’s over 300 days of sunshine per year out here in Colorado Springs. If I’m having a bad day i just go out on a hike for about an hour and i feel better afterwards.

    • @cindyrhodes on March 29, 2024 at 12:15 pm

      Sunshine here in New Mexico as well, but everyone besides me eats so much corn! And I’m with you: I love our regular long walks!

    • @timetowakeup6302 on March 29, 2024 at 12:30 pm

      The 300 days of shine used to be true, but not so anymore because of stratospheric aerosol injections aka chemtrails

    • @pootthatbak2578 on March 29, 2024 at 12:39 pm

      Exactly..i was there 2 days in april 1984. Even though there were still 10 foot deep snow drifts still, the sun was blustering hot, i got sunburned in 15 minutes

    • @BlackrainOrdinance on March 29, 2024 at 12:47 pm

      @@timetowakeup6302did you bring your tinfoil hat?

    • @timetowakeup6302 on March 29, 2024 at 1:08 pm



  3. @AlphaMikeFoxtrot5150 on March 29, 2024 at 12:11 pm

    Grew up in Colorado. Now 50 y/o, approximately 10% bodyfat and metabolically healthy. I attribute my health success to watching Dr. Berg for over 2 years now and implementing his advice into my life. Thank you, Dr. Berg!

    • @BlackrainOrdinance on March 29, 2024 at 12:47 pm


    • @richardtibbetts574 on March 29, 2024 at 1:31 pm

      I’m not disputing your claim of being an alpha male, but can you really do the “Foxtrot”?😉

    • @user-rr4ro4mq8w on March 29, 2024 at 1:45 pm

      @@richardtibbetts574Just because he is 50 and in basically good health does not make him an “alpha male”. I am 66 years old in Illinois and people guess I am 40 seeing what I can do physically around the house here. BUT also it was my parents who did the “foxtrot” and no way a current 50 year old like he is may not even know what this is.

    • @guysumpthin2974 on March 29, 2024 at 2:33 pm

      Little to No swine consumption

    • @guysumpthin2974 on March 29, 2024 at 2:38 pm

      And little to no swine consumption (the swine fat absorbs insulin and stores it as body fat)

  4. @Lowell1970 on March 29, 2024 at 12:17 pm

    Colorado is the finest place I’ve ever lived. Been living here for the last 32 years. High altitude is great for your body. I lived at 9500 feet for 10 years, best shape of my life, now i’m at a low 7000 feet, still in outstanding shape at 53 years old.

    • @michaelbarry8373 on March 29, 2024 at 12:29 pm

      Too much snow.

    • @AshleyPaquin1 on March 29, 2024 at 12:37 pm

      Best place 🙏🏼🙏🏼

    • @trantorthetroll8768 on March 29, 2024 at 12:41 pm

      @@AshleyPaquin1beautiful land terrible policies

    • @Queeniej53054_notmyDOB on March 29, 2024 at 12:52 pm

      ​@@michaelbarry8373😂 🤣

    • @cg1811 on March 29, 2024 at 12:56 pm

      Denver specifically has turned into a liberal sh!t hole over the past 10 yrs

  5. @saralynn6017 on March 29, 2024 at 12:20 pm

    In Hudson, Keenesburg, Roggen, CO… very rural areas, there is a lot of obesity. The farmers and their families eat their meat that are fed Monsanto corn. Only GMO grain. Its all factory farms… no pasture raised. I also noticed the high use of hydrogenated oils like corn, soy, vegetable. A lot of the people are clueless about diet and there are only the small food markets in the area which only carry garbage, fake food. You have to travel further to find healthy alternatives. A lot of the elderly cant travel far, so they just stick with the fake food… and dont really know any better.

    • @davisfarm9 on March 29, 2024 at 1:06 pm

      Truth. And weed. Everywhere smells of it. Not exactly healthful.

    • @CarbageMan on March 29, 2024 at 3:09 pm

      Cattle are remarkably good (compared to other mammals) at filtering out pollutants.

    • @censoredeveryday3320 on March 29, 2024 at 4:28 pm

      The same issue exists even in metro Denver, especially in the ghetto towns

    • @CarbageMan on March 29, 2024 at 4:33 pm

      @@davisfarm9 There’s nothing unhealthy about cannabis. Combusting and ingesting anything, on the other hand, isn’t healthy.

    • @iriscarlisle7688 on March 29, 2024 at 4:57 pm

      the numbers are far lower than other states. That is the point here. He didn’t say there weren’t any obese people.

  6. @randyjackson7962 on March 29, 2024 at 12:22 pm

    @Drberg There’s also another thing that happened in the early 80’s with the American diet – the introduction & proliferation of high fructose corn syrup & hydrogenated oils. They made our soft drinks sweeter (and arguably more addictive) and shifted us away from natural fats like lard & butter.
    While I believe that some of Colorado’s laws are overreaching and borderline tyrannical, I applaud them for fighting and taxing these ingredients which are well known to contribute to the detriment of our health.

    Keep up the good fight, sir

    • @michaelbarry8373 on March 29, 2024 at 12:36 pm

      Taxing these “ingredients” is wrong, big mistake. Why get rid of the “ingredient” if it now generates revenue? And if the “ingredient” goes away, you now have to make up for lost revenue.

    • @edemontfort9482 on March 29, 2024 at 12:57 pm

      ​@@michaelbarry8373Right. Taxing it doesn’t make it go away. Get rid of the poisons and have a healthier, longer living population that will continue to consume.

    • @ksswanlady on March 29, 2024 at 1:24 pm

      Thought I was eating something good for me when I was eating Highland yogurt, then I saw hfc on the label.😢

    • @Ayverie4 on March 29, 2024 at 1:53 pm

      SO annoying to find corn syrup or “vegetable oil” on the label of a “health” product!!! Some things it’s impossible to find without it!

    • @randyjackson7962 on March 29, 2024 at 1:58 pm

      There’s a “sin” tax on alcohol, nicotine, and tanning beds. Why isn’t there a sin tax for fast food and poisonous ingredients? The biggest, by far, expenditure of our federal health system is subsidies and entitlements. We have a LOT of sick Americans who chronically wreck their bodies by ingesting these ingredients and expect the medical staff to quickly “fix” them when they become hospitalized from cardiac/skeletal/mental issues that are almost beyond repair. Couple that with a poor nutritional education and a pill-for-everything mentality and in 3-4 decades, here we are…
      And they expect their taxes to cover the bills while lobbyists run rampant and politicians keep arguing over entitlements. Yes, it costs a lot more to eat healthier. Why is that? 🤔

      I’m red-blooded conservative through and through, but even I can admit that SOME regulation/restriction of ingredients is necessary and I believe the FDA’s job is to do just that: to restrict things that are known to contribute to a health epidemic. They have a schedule for drugs; they should have one for ingredients as well.

  7. @gasmith7486 on March 29, 2024 at 12:32 pm

    I’m low in D for sure. I was blaming genetics for my weight because my mom, aunt and grandma were all overweight at my age. But as I heard you talk about this and I suddenly realized that all three of them never left the house and got any sun!!!! Even though we’re in Florida!
    That’s it! I’m going to start getting out and getting some Vitamin D!

    • @florencemugure4203 on March 29, 2024 at 1:10 pm

      And take cod liver oil…for vitamin D😂

    • @leawilsons2010 on March 29, 2024 at 1:34 pm

      There actually can be a genetic factor like mutations that cause the body to not metabolize fat fully or efficiently. Also you can have a genetic mutation to not convert Sun to Vitamin D. This is me and I will have to take vitamin D everyday for my lifetime. So just know that the gene factor does exist and if you know what yours are, you can find out how to mitigate those issues.✌🏽

    • @allison471 on March 29, 2024 at 2:06 pm

      ​@@leawilsons2010just a reminder, please make sure you take your vitamin D3 with K2,I also have to take for the rest of my life. I’ve been doing so for 12 years now since seeing a functional medicine Dr. and he put me on an Emulsified liquid drop of D3/K2 it’s excellent for keeping my levels up. It’s my understanding the Emulsified liquid drops bypass the liver so it can get into the cells faster by taking sublingualy 😊 Good luck to you!

    • @lsmith992 on March 29, 2024 at 2:21 pm

      Its the same with me. All the women in my family held onto weight very easily and that’s the way it is. The men have no problem with xs weight whatsoever. But they are always work at physical jobs and are sports obsessives. I do take vit d , usually 10k per day and still have weight. I cycle everywhere. Love being outdoors. But still maybe 30 pounds overweight. Maybe that 10k isn’t enough.
      But I think that the gut biosphere is also a big problem and that something is missing.

    • @lilascharmante2712 on March 29, 2024 at 2:49 pm

      Also, if they never leave the house, they never exercise. It’s much easier to gain weight like that. Walk after eating and go in the sun

  8. @manfordman9112 on March 29, 2024 at 12:33 pm

    I live in Colorado and I can prove you wrong lol. I will say though that your videos on ACV have definitely helped me lose a lot of belly fat!

    • @juliecramer8459 on March 29, 2024 at 1:03 pm

      I live here too. Lots of fat people

    • @Sneakherluvher23 on March 29, 2024 at 1:16 pm

      It’s always good to here from actual natives 😂😂

    • @CeeSparks on March 29, 2024 at 1:28 pm

      Statistically you can’t. It’s facts, overall theu are slimmer, maybe not u and a handful of others, yet Colorado has been at the top for least fat for years❤😂

    • @willh3494 on March 29, 2024 at 1:45 pm

      still willing to bet that for every 2 heavy people you know of, people in other states know 15.

  9. @a.williams45 on March 29, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    Fascinating information, Dr Berg. Thank you 🙏🏻🌞

  10. @KaosRunes on March 29, 2024 at 12:53 pm

    Here in the Appalachian mountains there’s a humongous consumption of junk food. West Virginia is the mountain dew capital and nothing goes well with mountain dew like more junk food apparently. I work at a grocery store and I see a lot of overweight people and 99% of the stuff in their carts is junk food. Coincidence? I think not.

    • @user-vv2wx4kc1k on March 29, 2024 at 1:04 pm

      I live in the obeses country in Europe and was buying food in a supermarket and the cashier said my basket was the healthiest she had seen, we must be onto something

    • @KaosRunes on March 29, 2024 at 1:09 pm

      @@user-vv2wx4kc1k that’s amazing that you are doing something right. We can’t control other people only ourselves. If they don’t want to eat healthy then that’s on them.

    • @J.o.e_K on March 29, 2024 at 1:12 pm

      I’m a cart observer. (grin) 99% of the time, the cart contents reflect the size of the person pushing it.

    • @shweet7891 on March 29, 2024 at 2:15 pm

      Hate junk food, YUCK

    • @guysumpthin2974 on March 29, 2024 at 2:43 pm

      Swine consumption + white sugar

  11. @Sammydx1 on March 29, 2024 at 12:56 pm

    Moved from Chicago to Florida 3 years ago. Just the constant sunshine helps you to be active and walk !😊

    • @susansackrison3139 on March 29, 2024 at 1:11 pm

      Well, duh, if the wind is not pushing you over onto the sidewalk, it is much easier to walk.

    • @makeyourmark00 on March 29, 2024 at 3:38 pm

      I grew up in Chicago burbs. I vowed to live in the tropics which I did for 10 years (Asia, Florida, Hawaii). I was in the best health and mood of my life.

      Moved back to Chicago for work and grad school; been trying to escape back to Florida the last 5 yrs.

    • @pepper1188 on March 29, 2024 at 4:22 pm

      Lol. I grew up in the south and couldn’t wait to escape that heat….I adore Chicago and I’m outdoors the most in the Winter….Summers are horrid, even here, everybody’s different😂

    • @oB_Session on March 29, 2024 at 5:52 pm

      Welcome to Florida ☀️

  12. @ms.k7487 on March 29, 2024 at 1:04 pm

    I’m thin and have always been. I live up north in Canada, but have noticed I’m much more motivated to get outside when the sun is shining! You see more people outside as the temperature gets warmer, too. I think people get more daily movement when it’s warmer and sunnier.

  13. @GladysAmelia on March 29, 2024 at 1:06 pm

    Vitamin D is great, but there might be other variables, such as the correlation between obesity and poverty. Colorado has a high cost of living so fewer low income people can live there.

  14. @ErinCRN on March 29, 2024 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve lived in Colorado over 20 years. Plenty of obese people here. I’m a nurse too. Take care of plenty of obese people. Work with plenty of obese people. What about the Maasai people? They have very dark skin and are very thin.

    • @stephanekabelu2649 on March 29, 2024 at 2:02 pm

      Because they live in an environment that’s suited for their skin tone. I don’t think most people with skin that dark are meant to live in the west long term.

    • @petermadany2779 on March 29, 2024 at 2:04 pm

      The Masai spend a lot of time outdoors, wear relatively little clothes, and live near the equator therefore, they get plenty of UV radiation. Also, they consume a lot of animal-based food, including blood. 🩸

    • @SnoopyReads on March 29, 2024 at 2:10 pm

      I’ve lived in 3 other states the past 10 years, and I noticed fewer obese people here in Colorado when I first moved to the mountains. Hundreds of people are out walking their dog daily. Tons of bikers and joggers, it’s a more active lifestyle here in general.

    • @spanishpeaches2930 on March 29, 2024 at 2:59 pm

      The Masai don’t waste their time on crappy food. They are predominately meat eaters.

    • @Probity100 on March 29, 2024 at 3:07 pm

      The Masai main diet is meat, milk, milk mixed with fresh cow blood once a day and herbs. They are also in the sun most day so have a lot of natural Vitamin D. They have the best teeth and bones, no obesity and extremely strong and beautiful smiles 🇰🇪

  15. @geetu1 on March 29, 2024 at 1:23 pm

    Love this doc so much who does all this research that GPs don’t normally have time to do as they too stressed and go for quick fixes

  16. @Dev_Havenwyck_Media on March 29, 2024 at 1:48 pm

    This fascinating. I’m ten years older than you Doc, and when I grew up during the late 50’s and 60’s, I can only recall one fat person, a kid in school, and by today’s standards no one would notice him. There were many factors for our slenderness I believe; we only ate three meals a day with no snacks, junk food was reserved for holidays, we ate lots of eggs, butter and meat, we were not allowed to sit around and watch tv, PLUS we were made to play outside in ALL weather, and we walked to school and back. Also, where I lived we rode ponies and horses more than our bikes. Adults, seemed mostly to be hospitalized due to excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. Everyone seemed to smoke back then. I will get this book when it’s available though! Thanks!

    • @marryellenmonahan5585 on March 29, 2024 at 3:51 pm

      So many additives to our foods are responsible and the american diet couldn’t be worse for your average consumer .

    • @breal7277 on March 29, 2024 at 4:43 pm

      @@marryellenmonahan5585 Plus the dramatic increase of SUGAR consumption.

    • @koomo801 on March 29, 2024 at 4:50 pm

      Same, but in some fairness to today’s youth, in the ’70s we didn’t have nearly child-free neighborhoods, the internet, smartphones, cable/streaming, video game consoles at home that people in the ’70s could only dream of, etc etc

    • @dhisufiroafrozenseraphimdragon on March 29, 2024 at 4:54 pm

      You got to ride horses?! Sounds fun👍

    • @michellecurtis195 on March 29, 2024 at 6:36 pm

      I definitely agree with you, the same I grew up in the 60s and there was only one fat girl I agree with you with the rest of your reasoning as well

  17. @EEE-ij8lv on March 29, 2024 at 1:51 pm

    The cost of living is also high in western Colorado. People who are morbidly obese are more likely to be on disability, and they probably can’t afford the cost of living. Additionally, Colorado attracts people who bike, run, hike, kayak, etc. There wouldn’t be as much of a pull to live there for an inactive person

  18. @dasfahrer8187 on March 29, 2024 at 2:10 pm

    Singular causes are rarely the culprit. Keep in mind that in the 80’s and 90’s home video game systems and arcades became huge, which also took kids from being active for hours outside and made them sedentary instead.

    • @JoeBlobA on March 29, 2024 at 3:40 pm

      Now we play from home, so we don’t even walk to the arcades

    • @kathleenking47 on March 29, 2024 at 3:59 pm

      Now, shows like my 600 lb life are common…
      I hated videogames for kids
      Still do
      They need board games, then, play outside in the 🌞 sun

    • @KandyKoatedKrafts on March 29, 2024 at 4:00 pm

      Great point!

  19. @fstopPhotography on March 29, 2024 at 2:31 pm

    I grew up in Colorado Springs in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
    Always outside playing and hardly ever sick.
    Now I’m 61 and still play outside year round.
    I believe Dr Berg is onto something here.

  20. @nogames8982 on March 29, 2024 at 3:33 pm

    I’m from Colorado and I can tell you a few reasons why. Outdoor activities. People are always outside. Doesn’t matter what the weather is. Also they make it very easy to exercise there. The towns I lived in always had hundreds of miles of bike paths throughout the town. Every time a new subdivision was made the bike path was connected to it. You could ride your bike for hours and never cross the street because it was built-in. Kids were always out, riding their bikes, Running around. Many people rode their bikes to work. It was just ingrained in the every day life of people. I didn’t realize how much until I moved away from Colorado.

    • @breal7277 on March 29, 2024 at 4:39 pm

      It sounds like a dream. What town is this?

    • @koomo801 on March 29, 2024 at 4:48 pm

      I grew up in Littleton, same experience. Now living elsewhere, I have to ride a heavy (but comfortable) mountain bike so that the limited paths I can take can give me enough of a workout.

    • @David-qx8jm on March 29, 2024 at 5:15 pm

      ​@@koomo801used to live in commerce city for about fifteen years. Practically lived on the bike trails they go everywhere. Always something to do outside.
      If there gov. wasn’t so screwed up I’d a never moved. Back to Tex.

    • @hisomebodytrackingmuch1309 on March 29, 2024 at 6:04 pm

      ​@@David-qx8jm😂 lol. You moved to TX…now THAT is a screwed up government! Bye

    • @hisomebodytrackingmuch1309 on March 29, 2024 at 6:05 pm

      ​@@breal7277it’s terribly overpopulated

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