How America cultivated a generation of obesity
From left, Adrik Anderson, 8, Jack Good, 8, and Aaron Gilbert, 9, eat lunch at Douglas Elementary in Boulder.
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Since: Aug 13
#1 Oct 9, 2013
It all started with fast food, video games lousy teachers and disinterested parents. American devolution into total apathy and moral depravity. There were no Columbines when I was young and in school. This is really about apathy. Apathy leads and obesity is just a by product, albeit a waste product (no pun intended here). OK, I got the ball rolling. Somebody else weigh in on this subject. (Note: There is a pun intended here).
#2 Jul 26, 2014
Yes, and add to that the fact that Ancel Keys got it so spectacularly wrong in the 1950s with his so-called Lipid Hypothesis - which conveniently left countries like France out of his study. France of course has a high per person intake of saturated fat - and very low rates of heart disease.
Following Keys' faulty study, low-fat products appeared on the shelves of supermarkets overnight. Butter and lard, healthy natural products, were replaced by man-made 'vegetable oils' which break down with heat and which the body doesn't even recognise as food; this leads to inflammation throughout the body. Furthermore, when the fat is removed from a 'diet' product, the flavour has to come from another source: sugar and lots of it. Diabetes! Without lots of saturated fat in a meal, not only will we not feel full, but we'll also fail to absorb many essential fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K).
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Slowly but surely, people are beginning to realise that natural is better; that butter is much better for you than man-made, unnatural margarine which is one molecule away from plastic and which would be grey had it not been for the addition of yellow colouring. The proof of the pudding is that in 1983 when the low fat, high carbohydrate nonsense was first peddled we had obesity at just 7%- now it's a whopping 26% and rising! Refined carbohydrates like white pasta, white rice and white bread are what's behind the obesity epidemic. Not fat. They spike your blood sugar increasing levels of the fat storage hormone insulin.
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