According to a 2010 U.S. Center for Disease Control Study, over 20% of the adult American population has a body mass index (B.M.I.) over 30, qualifying them as obese. Compare this figure to only ten years ago: in 2000, about 15% of American adults were considered obese. (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html) Some blame these weight issues on a decline in physical labor for the average American worker, and others tout the detrimental side effects of a mostly processed diet. There are still others that claim hormonal imbalances and digestive disorders account for the sharp increase in obese individuals in the United States.
There really are many causes for the current obesity epidemic. This week I will focus on one: a shift from knowing, eating, and loving real food to eating the quickest, most easily-portable thing on the go. The human body is a machine, just like a car, and any good mechanic can tell you that if you put in cheap gas and junky oil, your car simply won’t run optimally. The same goes for the human body; pump it full of fake, processed stuff, and it won’t run properly. The change in American eating habits is surely one of the causes of the large percentage of obese individuals in our country.
In hopes to educate a few on some of the basics of real food, this week I begin a series I’m calling “Fueling the Machine”. It is in honor of our country’s health issues that I write the series. I will be posting on a few key topics:
- Pregnancy/Breastfeeding Nutrition
- Fitting Nutritious Meals into a Busy Lifestyle
Please stay tuned for each installment, and as always, please feel free to contend or question what I say. I am but one writer/researcher, and my information may not be 100% correct, so in the interest of giving the best possible information correct me if you see fit.
Next Installment: Fiber, The Best Friend You Never Knew You Had