America gets fat

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Hollie Newton
May 9, 2014

50 years ago, 1964: Top nutrition experts cut back the recommended daily calorie intake for Americans - and blamed easy living. For a moderately active, 145 pound, 25-year old American male, the daily calorie quota was dropped by 300 down to 2900 calories per day.

25 years ago, 1989: Columbus Zoo director Jack Hanna and animal rights activists complained about a local supermarket selling exotic meat such as rattlesnake, buffalo, snapping turtle and giraffe. Cub Foods, Columbus, pulled the African meats after being picketed, but continued to sell other exotic meats.

10 years ago, 2004: Stung by a worldwide outcry, the U.S. military announced the first court-martial in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse allegations, ordering a reservist to face a public trial in Baghdad. 

Comments

coasterfan

Yeah, we're kind of in denial about it. I read a recent survey in which a majority of Americans state that they exercise for 30 minutes at least 3 days a week. That doesn't seem to be the case in our area, at least. The rec center where I exercise is never crowded, but it's hard to find a seat in any of the buffet restaurants in the area.

SamAdams

Not everybody exercises in the gym or other center. Some of us take advantage of parks, sidewalks, even our living rooms! You're dead right where the buffet restaurants are concerned, though! Ever taken a good look at the folks headed up to the counter for seconds and thirds? I have, and it's great motivation for NOT indulging!

Contango

Re: "America gets fat"

Yep. Obesity and being overweight tends to lead to increased risks of diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, et. al.

I once heard the Pres. of Cleveland Clinic say that 70% of America's health problems are caused by three factors:

Smoking,
Obesity &
Lack of Exercise.

So, sit on your butt, have another Sonic shake (or more), lite up and to hell with personal responsibility or self-control.

Most importantly: Don't worry!

Obamacare 2.0 (single payer) as envisioned by the progressive-socialists (Democrats) will cover the medical costs and it'll all be FREE.

ladydye_5

Yes, MOST of those are caused by the risk factors you list. But, there are some that are hereditary. I have a family history of heart disease and high blood pressure. I have been on blood pressure medications for 4 years. I am NOT overweight. I stopped smoking 5 years ago, and I DO exercise. Throwing the obesity card and yelling "Lose weight" and people does not cure everyone.

Justwow

Nice crack

Darwin's choice

need's some crack-spackle....!

JMOP

People be crazy with these jokes, it must be a full moon!

thinkagain

The Big Dog's back.

Darwin's choice

Good one!!!!!

BEHAPPY

People can still afford to eat in America??

SamAdams

I'd add something not mentioned here: Conflicting data for those who ARE interested and DO care what they eat!

Eggs are bad for you! Don't eat more than 1 a week! Turns out not to be true.

Fat is bad for you! Cut way back! Turns out not to be true (depending, obviously, on the type of fat).

Fish is good for you! Turns out it depends on the type of fish.

Grains are good for you! Oops, gluten is suddenly an issue.

Just yesterday, I read some news headlines suggesting that BUTTER isn't bad for you after all, despite years of contrary advice!

The only thing I'm personally certain of is that natural is better than chemical-laden. Unfortunately, with all of the hormones and antibiotics added to meats, and all of the artificial flavors, preservatives, and so on added to a host of other products, it's not easy (nor cheap) to buy what's probably a lot better for you.

Contango

Always liked the scene in Woody Allen's "Sleeper":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D...

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The Hero Zone

I wonder if these catastrophic claims from government agencies can be applied to other things, too? Hmm...

Justwow

It's kinda weird to me how Americans have no money, but can buy food, alcohol, tobacco and drugs by the truckload????

Donegan

Food cards and the CIA keep us good on food and drugs. Alcohol and tobacco are on the decline.

milemarkerzero

Yeh, gimme 4 double burgers, 3 fries, an apple pie and a DIET Coke!

SamAdams

Silly milemarkerzero, don't you know that the zero calories in the diet pop cancels out any calories in the burgers, fries, and dessert? Here's another helpful tip for dieters: Calories are afraid of heights. Store the Oreos on top of the fridge and the calories will run away from the edge so you can grab the cookies without guilt!

You're welcome. :-)