Pretty simple. Fad diets, carbs, fast food, big portions. Sums it up right there.
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For example i live in san antonio (one of the fattest cities in the country). Breakfast tacos and soda are apart of everyone's daily diet. The portion size's restaurant's serve, lack of physical activity, etc. I believe can make it nearly impossible to stay in shape unless you dedicate yourself to the lifestyle. I honestly don't even think it's possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle while eating out. The idea of food and nutrition is so warped it's almost like it is a big secret. It's sad especially when i see little kids (5-7 year olds) look extremelyyyyyyy overweight and i see their parents cart filled with soda, chips, cereal, etc. Little do they know the set backs and future trials they are putting their own kids through. i honestly consider it child abuse.
09-05-2013, 12:09 PM #128
You have to look at the past to understand why we're in the condition we're in now.
lots of excuses about over-eating, laziness, etc., but compared to other cultures, it isn't necessarily true. a lot of the myths are unfounded.
For example, people equate wealth with obesity, but statistically, 50% of the most obese nations have poverty rates of 50% or more. Also, the US does have a very high obesity rate, but it also has a very high fitness rate compared to other countries.
Our government implemented a farming program to produce <b>calories</b> as efficiently as possible at a time when malnutrition was a huge concern, and this has manifested itself in the mass production of simple carbs, almost exclusively in the form of grains.
However, we are now (or should be) very aware that quantity =/= quality - these are "empty" calories, absent of essential macro and micro nutrients.
If you were to examine this change in diet in respect to grand scheme of the human race, evidence shows that at the time we changed from hunter/gatherers to settled farmers, the human lifespan and general health actually began to decrease; if one were to abstract the human diet to a clock, the time the human race has been farming and consuming grains as a primary source of food accounts for just 1 minute.
There are approximately 20,000 varieties of food that are currently under cultivation - of that, the average American grocery store sells 60; of that, the average American only purchases 12; and of that, the primary ingredient in 60% of those food items are processed carbs.
You'd imagine that countries such as France, who consume high quantities of alcohol, dairy and meat should (under contemporary American conceptions of what is "healthy") should be very unhealthy...but they are not.
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I honestly feel that people just don't care enough about their health to lose the weight, or don't have the motivation to do it. That was the case with me, until freshman year in hs, when I got rejected for the first time. Joined a gym, started lifting/cardio, lost ~50 lbs, and started playing football. Tbh if I'd never been turned down, I'd probably be bigger than I was before because I'd have had no motivation to do it.
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lots of things as already mentioned...
Also IT COSTS A LOT TO EAT CLEAN IN THE US! Kinda goes back to the 99 percenters, etc. If you struggle to survive financially you are going to buy food that is economically feasible... i.e crappy carbs that come in a box or can. It doesn't help that average portion size in restaurants is about 5 times the size it should be, which in turn makes folks think that is normal, etc.
NYC had it right a little while by limiting the size of soda anyone can buy at one go... too bad that law didn't stay around long and spread.
Maybe now that Obama care is here to stay forever, more stuff like that will start happening nationwide as more folks start flipping the bills for healthcare costs that this type of supersized crap is causing.
It also doesn't help that PE classes are like only a few months out of entire educational lifetime for most, etc. Should be an annual thing that is taken yearly by all, etc.
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I am not sure because I don't live in America but when I lived in Canada I came to know that American food portions are twice as big. In my opinion, Canadian portions are already too big so I can just imagine how much big it must be in America.
Though I have heard that the problem has gotten worse in Mexico.
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Contrary to popular belief I believe Americans do eat well-balanced meals.
Eg. Eat a quarter pounder burger (cheese or no cheese) gives you everything you need in the meal (except for the excess sodium.)
I just think that Americans tend to eat Too much of everything without the corresponding excercise/activity that will burn it/ equalize it off.
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It's more, tastier, and more ready to eat food. I live in Holland but when i go to America every year, i gain weight. Here in Holland we get very small portions and it's not even cheap, more things taste less good (maybe less MSG and salt) and when i walk in the supermarket in Holland, there is more food that you must cook first/not ready to eat.
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