Thursday, August 5, 2010

Obesity, Health Problems + The Food Other People Eat

Warning:  Despite this being a recipe blog, I am about to post an opinion.  If you don't want to read it, come back later.

Did you see this article that was headlined in the news this week?  Obesity rates in the US are going up.  When I saw this on TV I wanted to throw something at it.  Really?  People in our country are getting fatter?  Even though there are more low fat options for every single thing they eat??  Doctors are telling them to cut the fat from their diets?  And they are getting fatter?  How is that even possible?

When I started eating a primal diet, my biggest sin was fast food.  I was never a big snacker and we didn't have a lot of snack food in the house.  I had to readjust to eat more meals at home and make them with real, fresh ingredients.  Not that big of a deal.

But I am also spending more time in the grocery store.  And after knowing what I now know about health and nutrition, looking at some of the food in the grocery store is like looking at offensive pornography.  I feel like my eyes have been opened and I'm the only one in the store who can see it.  There are more processed, low fat, diet, and junk foods in the stores than I could have ever imagined.  And I also imagine that there are a lot of people who eat this stuff.  Obesity rates in our country are going up because of the garbage in our stores.  That people are putting into their bodies.  OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE.  Learn about how your diet is affecting your health.  There is a direct correlation between the food you put in your mouth and your health.  And how you look.  If you feel like crap, take a look at what you just ate.  If this article isn't proof that low-fat, low-calorie diets aren't working for people, what else do they need?

I know that if you are reading this blog, you are probably already eating a cleaner diet.  But now that our country is headed toward universal health care, we should all be interested in what our neighbor over there is eating and the size of his waist line.  We may be paying for his health insurance before long.  Just sayin'.


  1. Hi! Just found your blog and I love it! Thanks for sharing this article and all your awesome recipes. Can't wait to try some!

  2. Girl, you are preaching to the choir here...but you knew that.

    I just cringe now when I go in the grocery store and see these families (entire families!) that are obese. And what are their carts loaded down with? Processed JUNK. Sugar, processed grains, fake cheese, chemicals upon chemicals. We're going to be paying for their health issues...Ugh!