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Not for nothing, learning to "listen to our bodies" is spot on, as is avoiding the engineered foods that you and CranialSponge are pointing out.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says processed foods are to blame for the sharp rise in obesity (and chronic disease) seen around the world.
In one study by Ludwig and colleagues, children who ate processed fast foods in a restaurant ate 126 more calories than on days they did not. Over the course of a year, this could translate into 13 pounds of weight gain just from fast food.
However, "When you have calories that are incredibly cheap, in a culture where 'bigger is better,' that's a dangerous combination," says Walter Willett, M.D., D.P.H., professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Sadly, most Americans don't cook. So pre-packaged stuff is easy, cheap and quick. It's either that or going out for a lot of Americans if my coworkers are anything to judge by.
They look at me funny when I tell them that you can sauté a fish filet or pork cutlet and stick some veggies in the microwave steamer bag and have dinner in about 15-20 minutes just as easily as a microwave entrée.
It's true that in my home ec class nearly a quarter century ago, we weren't taught how to handle a knife or follow a simple recipe for a from-scratch dish. But home ec wasn't always so vapid. Graham points to New York Times reporter Michael Moss' great 2013 book Salt Sugar Fat, which contains a brief history of the home ec trade in US public schools.
The convenience food industry that's so powerful and entrenched today was just taking root in the 1950s. And as it began to aggressively market its products to a growing US middle class, it faced "one real obstacle," Moss writes: the "army of school teachers and federal outreach workers who insisted on promoting home-cooked meals, prepared the old fashioned way."
Public school systems are so strapped that they're already slashing equally worthy classes like art, music, and PE. But producing generation upon generation of people who don't know how to feed themselves healthily or manage their finances is generating massive, cascading societal costs—...
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: DontTreadOnMe
That's because it's more important for kids to learn how to have sex and all the other social engineering they want to teach them.
originally posted by: CranialSponge
a reply to: ketsuko
Maybe I grew up in a backwards hick town, I don't know.
Luckily, I'm a take-the-bull-by-the-horns type of person and taught myself basic auto repairs, carpentry, plumbing, etc.
The way I see it, people either take initiative in their lives to learn simple life skills, or they don't.
And (speaking only for myself here), I have no empathy for the latter type of persons....
Just my $.02