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Fast Food Obesity in America – What Went Wrong?!
With all its economic power, you’d think that America would have the means to take care of its citizens’ health a bit more. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and the fast food obesity in America is higher than anywhere in the world. According to nation-wide statistics, about one third of all American adults suffer from obesity – a number that is a result of a two thirds increase from 20 years ago. Fast food and child obesity are also closely related, and it the past 30 years it was found that the number of obese children has tripled! There are currently about 300,000 obesity-related deaths per year, which only happens to be second to deaths caused by tobacco smoking.
Many people will wonder how it got to be this way, but the answer lies right in our daily lives. The saying ‘you are what you eat’ very much applies to the epidemic of fast food obesity in America. The American people live a life on the go, which means their diet consists of microwave dinners, fast-food restaurants, and refined, processed snacks, instead of pure, wholesome, nutritious foods that come from the land. For a nation that ‘has it all’, health seems to be its last priority.
For the last 30 years no restaurants have been as popular with the American public as fast food restaurants. Of course, they are very convenient, with fast service and cheap prices, but their meals have virtually no nutrients. What they do contain, on the other hand, are highly refined carbohydrates and harmful saturated fats, and they are also loaded with sugar and sodium. But you don’t have to eat in fast-food restaurant to load your body with damaging substances. The shelves in your local grocery store are packed with products that are highly refined and processed, which are loaded with hydrogenated oils and sugar. They also have a cavalcade of other ingredients that the average person won’t even be able to pronounce.
An even more pressing problem emerging in America is the fast food and child obesity link. Every week your child will see hundreds of food commercials on television, and most of this food will be high-fat, high-calorie, and high-sugar. The fast food industry is now spending more than ever, targeting children with their ‘happy meals’ and toys, etc. Not only that, but they have also signed lucrative contracts with schools, so now our children are literally ‘being fed’ these toxic foods everywhere they go.
There has never been a time in history where people have eaten this much fatty, refined, and processed food, and the obesity epidemic has never been this bad. The worse news is that it’s only spreading more. Something has to be done! Change your diet before it’s too late. Don’t sacrifice your health any longer and start eating wholesome foods. If you say you don’t have time to cook and eat nutritious food, that’s like saying that you don’t have time to stop for gas because you’re too busy driving! You WILL suffer the effects…
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The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Obesity Prevention2 May 2011|