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How to fix our food problems

2 Jan

This is a very interesting opinion by Mark Bittman of NYT about our food and how we should tackle our food problems in the coming year. The writer identified – sugar as a big issue to our growing obesity. He believes that we should tackle sugar as we tackle tobacco; we should be vigilant about how our food is produced and should reject pork produced in crate – we should care better for the animals destined for our dinner tables. And good food should be available to the poorest in our midst.
When people are poor they reach for the cheapest foods that are often the most unhealthy. If more unhealthy foods are eliminated then everyone would stand a better chance at health and healthy foods. Some of the stuff that we spend good money on are anything but food. Read the article for yourself here:

Nothing affects public health in the United States more than food. Gun violence kills tens of thousands of Americans a year. Heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes kill more than a million people a year — nearly half of all deaths — and diet is a root cause of many of those diseases.

And the root of that dangerous diet is our system of hyper-industrial agriculture, the kind that uses 10 times as much energy as it produces.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/fixing-our-food-problem/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130102

 

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Stop Eating Too Much

4 Feb

As the nation’s obesity crisis continues unabated, federal regulators on Monday issued their bluntest nutrition advice to date: drink water instead of sugary drinks like soda, fill your plate with fruits and vegetables and cut down on processed foods filled with sodium, fat or sugar.More important, perhaps, the government told Americans, “Enjoy your food, but eat less.” Many Americans eat too many calories every day, expanding their waistlines and imperiling their health.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/business/01food.html?WT.mc_id=BU-D-I-NYT-MOD-MOD-M187-ROS-0211-HDR&WT.mc_ev=click&ei=5087&en=41ccd030b8a6abb8&ex=1312261200&pagewanted=all

Employers discriminate against fat people

25 Jan

Did you know that fat are hired less often, paid less wages and are more accident prone than others.  An employer can fire you just because you are fat in the United States and there is not much you can do as being “fat” is not a protected characteristics under the  human rights code.
According to a study at Duke University study, “obese workers filed twice the number of workers’ compensation claims, had seven times higher medical costs from those claims and lost 13 times more days of work from work injury or work illness than did nonobese workers.

It is discrimination to treat fat people in this manner but it is not against the law it appears.

Environmental Influences our Weight

31 Oct

The temptations of our environment — the sedentary living, the ready supply of rich food — may not be entirely to blame for rising obesity rates. In fact, new research suggests that the environment that most strongly influences body composition may be the very first one anybody experiences: the womb.

 

According to several animal studies, conditions during pregnancy, including the mother’s diet, may determine how fat the offspring are as adults. Human studies have shown that women who eat little in pregnancy, surprisingly, more often have children who grow into fat adults. More than a dozen studies have found that children are more likely to be fat if their mothers smoke during pregnancy.

 

The research is just beginning, true, but already it has upended some hoary myths about dieting. The body establishes its optimal weight early on, perhaps even before birth, and defends it vigorously through adulthood. As a result, weight control is difficult for most of us. And obesity, the terrible new epidemic of the developed world, is almost impossible to cure.

Schools are improving in cafetaria nutrition, study finds

22 Oct

Schools Found Improvinand Fitness – New York Times g on Nutrition and Fitness – New York Times Schools Found Improving on Nutrition

Recent study finds that US schools are meeting the challenge of improving students nutrition as far as the cafetaria options go. Spurred by the growing crisis in child obesity, the nation’s schools have made “considerable improvements” in nutrition, fitness and health over the last six years, according to a new government survey that found that more schools require physical education and fewer sell French fries.

Growing Evidence CLA May Help in the Fight against Obesity

27 Aug

Evidence is beginning to show that conjugated  linoleic acid (CLA) may succeed where other weight loss supplements have failed according to recent research by University of Wisconsin researchers.  CLA is a polyunsaturated fat that comes mainly from beef and dairy products, breast milk and some vegetable oils.  Research concludes that it reduces body fat, increases muscle mass.  The researchers cautioned that further study is needed to provide conclusive evidence

Tackling Obesity Needs a Strategy Now.

27 Aug

 Self-described “recovering foodaholic” Mike Huckabee who lost 110 pounds a few years ago warned his Southern governors recently that an obesity epidemic a wreak havoc with the American economy.  There needs to be a war on fat.“Let me ask this question: Who’s going to fight it in the future if we’re a generation so sick that we don’t have the capacity to show up for work?” Poverty has a lot to do with obesity.  Bad foods are cheaper than better quality food.As clearly indicated in a recent report, most of the fifteen states with the highest obesity rate are in the southern states which are also among the poorest in the US.Mississippi clocked in as the fattest adult states followed in descending order by West Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Indiana and Michigan, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Georgia and Ohio.The 15 states with the highest obesity rates for youths ages 10 through 17 were: D.C., West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, and Indiana. Georgia and Arkansas tied for 12th.

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