posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 12:55 AM
I live in the south and have a lot of family here too. I'm in my mid-40's, and it wasn't until I was a teenager that many of my relatives got
running water, and it wasn't just my relatives but many folk in the community.
What's that got to do with obesity? Well, my relatives were dirt poor and they did a lot of hard work. They didn't have toilets; they used pots
and/or outhouses. They didn't have water at their disposal; they had to go get it from the well. They didn't have much money, but they did a lot of
hard, physical labor...workin' the tobacco fields, puttin' up hay, scrubbing laundry by hand (no washing machines or laundry mats), hoeing their
gardens, tending to their gardens, picking the vegetables and fruits, preserving and canning,
And kids, when they did have time to play after all the chores were done, played outside. There was no sittin' around inside watchin' TV 'cause my
relatives didn't have TV. Kids would play ball, catch, walk to the fishin' hole, play in the creeks and rivers, and go frog giggin' at night with
the men folk.
Back in my dad's day, they had to sometimes walk miles just for a bucket of water, walk miles to school, walk to the general store, and well...walk
everywhere. Many times when my dad was growin' up, there just wasn't much food to go around. They also had no refrigeration. They ate a lot of beans
with bacon fat if they had it, cornbread, biscuits and gravy, and wild polk stalks and greens with hot oil poured over it. The rich foods were needed
to give them energy for all the hard work they were doing.
Anyway, I think what happened is that many Southerners continue to eat all that good home cookin' which is packed with energy, but they don't burn
it off the way they used to. Instead of walkin' everywhere, they're driving. The energy the women burned scrubbin' the clothes by hand isn't being
burned anymore since they have washin' machines.
There's a lot more time spent sitting...either by around watchin' TV, going 4-wheelin', goin' fishin', sittin' in the front of the computer, and
yackin' on the phone.
I've seen it in my own family. My grandmother who used to be small became morbidly obese as life changed and became easier. My aunts, uncles,
cousins...most all of them all got fat too.
I really think it's because they continue to cook and eat all that rich food that they did when they were out walkin' and workin' all day, except
now they're doing mostly a lot of sittin' around...and drivin' to fast food joints.
My folks are normal size...and so am I. I think it's because we all eat very healthy and are very active. We also don't eat "country cookin" every
day either...only occasionally.