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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Here is your solution to obesity

It's not another diet. It's not develop an eating disorder. I call it "STOP PUTTING A MILLION POUNDS OF REFINED SUGAR IN FREAKING EVERY FOOD PRODUCT WE PRODUCE IN THIS COUNTRY".

Seriously! I get that some people want "real" soda and regular sugar in sweets, but that crap is added, in copious amounts, to bread, tomato sauce, fruit juice, dried fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, peanut butter, and basically every processed food in this country. Most people are too poor to buy organic. Fine. It's a bit annoying how fast it goes bad anyway. But is there a need to dump tons of sucrose into the middle class's food?

Refined sugar is not a preservative, it's not filling, adds no nutritional value, it messes with your blood sugar, and converts to deadly visceral fat in the blink of an eye. Not to mention foods that aren't supposed to be sweet, like peanut butter, taste sickly saccharine when you dump all that sugar in there. What, is everything we eat supposed to taste like dessert? No wonder eating disorders are so widespread in the US, all you have to do is look at 90% of the food lables and realize that most of what we eat is 1% nutirents and 99% bleached flour and refined sugar.

What's even more sick is people ranting and raving about not the major public health risks caused by the obesity "pandemic that we are choosing to inflict upon ourselves", but rather they are focused on the aesthetics of the issue. NBC today is featuring a nice piece on childhood obesity that isn't talking about early puberty, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension in people whose bikes still have training wheels, but rather is showing shots of the fat stomachs and legs of random kids around town. So it's not pretty to see flab on a kindergardener, but jeez, this is NOT a nation of supermodels!!! Pay attention to the health risks of this problem PLEASE.

And all these crazy diets that don't follow balanced meal plans (Atkins, South Beach, and Cabbage Soup, I'm talking to you) much less reality are just slowing down people's metabolisms and - you guessed it - making us all fatter.

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