Recently it occurred to me that the the "morbidly obese lady" from the carnival side show is without a job. I felt I would be a little unkind using the "F" word to describe this lady and couldn't bring myself to use the adjective. With morbid obesity all around us, no one would need to pay admission to see such a person.
This is such a sad state. I know genetics and disease can play a part in becoming obese. This American epidemic of obesity did not occur overnight and there are multiple factors. Yes, the "changing environment has broadened our food options and eating habits." There are greater selections of food products and fast food restaurants on every corner. Multiple fast food restaurants on the corners! Our portion size has increased dramatically in the past decades.
The more sedentary lifestyle with the advent of time and labor saving devices has also played a major role in this national epidemic.
One of my personal gripes about the food industry is the high fructose corn syrup that is in so many of our food products today. It's cheaper than sugar. The sweetened tea in most restaurants is like syrup to me. That goes for regular soft drinks, too. I don't drink them anymore. I also don't want it in my bread.
A couple of days ago I was reading a review of a new documentary entitled, "Forks Over Knives". The film looks at how we damage our bodies by eating junk and how easily we can reverse that damage. Reverse the damage? Wow, I'd like to believe this is true. This film centers largely on the work of T. Colin Campbell, a professor emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell, and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, a renowned former surgeon at the esteemed Cleveland Clinic. You may have heard of Esselstyn's book, "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease". I am anxious to see this film.
Food for thought: (Thought only, you might give it a second thought before you consume these foods:
Wendy's Baja Salad contains 1,990 milligrams of sodium---more than should be consumed in an entire day.
McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal contains more sugar than a Snickers Bar. (I ordered this oatmeal not long ago and could not believe it, it has 290 calories and 56 total carbohydrates without the cream.
Sonic Strawberry Smoothie contains more sugar than five Twinkies.
(The above facts about the fast food items came from an article in the The Baltimore Sun by Andrea Walker)
Well, I am not sure if this is a cure for my writer's block of the past few days but here it is :~). The obesity epidemic has been an interest of mine for a long time.
Healthy Eating, Everyone!