Between 1970 and 2005 the obesity rate in the United States roughly doubled, according to data from the National Health a and Nutrition Examination Survey, and the USDA.
On the BMI scale over 30 is defined as obese; over 25 is overweight.
We’re eating over 200 calories more each day, most of which come from carbs. We are also eating more meat, although most of that is actually leaner than it used to be, so the calorie contribution to the average diet has gone down.
We’re taking in about 100 calories more in sweeteners each day on average, and High Fructose Corn Syrup has about half of that.
We drink less regular whole milk, and more reduced fat, and fat-free milk.
We consume a lot more oil, particularly vegetable oil, than we were back in the 1970’s. Mostly corn, and soybean and canola oils.
The increase in obesity has come about because we eat a lot more wheat; increased sweeteners, and processed oils instead of fat from meat.
Here at The Good Food Campaign we’re all about good healthy food, and aren’t a fitness site.
However, it is important to remember that as well as eating sensibly, it’s also important to take some exercise too. Aside from keeping your weight down, regular exercise can help prevent diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure.
It doesn’t have to cost anything to exercise. You don’t have to spend money on gym subscriptions. If money is tight, a half hour walk around the block is free.
You can start off with small steps (well perhaps not literally!). What we mean is that you don’t have to go headlong into a fitness regimen, anymore than you have to go from a 3,000 calorie a day diet to a 1,000 one overnight. Your body will loudly, and painfully, protest at either!
As with tackling diet, perhaps reducing your portion size a little at a time, perhaps one less potato on your dinner plate, you can do the same with exercise. Don’t start off trying to walk ten miles from the get-go. Just take a short 15 min walk, and then as the days go by, make it a little longer; walk a little faster, or both.
If you need some mutual support, then perhaps exercising with a friend, a neighbor, or your partner will help.
Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate over it, as that’s a big failing of the couch potato!
Dr Donald Casebolt, from Farmington, NM has spent two years studying the consequences of too much caffeine and a porr diet.
He learned that lots of coffee, soda and energy drinks with caffeine and junk food causes or worsens alcohol and drug addictions or both, he said.
You can read more about his findings in this article in today’s Daily Times
Take fresh fruit for example. Oranges are more filling than orange juice. Apples are more filling than apple juice. Why?
It’s generally had much of the fiber taken out, which means too, that many of the nutrients gets lost too.
Perhaps though, the best example is rice. Whereas wholegrain rice contains fiber and nutrients, it’s been shown more than once (and specifically during World War Two in POW Camps), what a diet of just polished white rice does. One ends up with Beri-beri due to an absence of Vitamin B, which is removed along with the husk.
For the same reason, whole grain bread is more filling than white.
So you end up eating more of it, and getting less nutrient, less fiber, and just more calories in the form of extra carbs.