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The World Is Fat
Over the past 20 years a dramatic transition has altered the diet and health of hundreds of millions of people across the Third World. For most developing nations, obesity has emerged as a more serious health threat than hunger. In countries such as Mexico, Egypt and South Africa, more than half the adults are either overweight (possessing a body mass index, or BMI, of 25 or higher) or obese (possessing a BMI of 30 or higher). In virtually all of Latin America and much of the Middle East and North Africa, at least one out of four adults is overweight. Although undernutrition and famine remain significant problems in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, even desperately poor countries such as Nigeria and Uganda are wrestling with the dilemma of obesity. Worldwide, more than 1.3 billion people are overweight, whereas only about 800 million are underweight--and these statistics are diverging rapidly.
The obesity rates in many developing countries now rival those in the U.S. and other high-income nations. What is more, the shift from undernutrition to overnutrition--often called the nutrition transition--has occurred in less than a generation. When I return to villages that I visited 15 years ago in India, China, Mexico and the Philippines, I see enormous changes: kids guzzle soft drinks and watch television, adults ride mopeds instead of walking and buy their food from supermarkets. In addition to adopting more sedentary lifestyles, people in the developing world are also consuming more caloric sweeteners, vegetable oils and animal-source foods (meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products). The combination of lifestyle and dietary changes has paved the way for a public health catastrophe, with obesity leading to an explosive upsurge in diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses.
Originally posted by KrazyJethro
I hear this time and time again:
"Bad food is cheap and good food is expensive"
That is one of the most pervasive lies going on these days. Perhaps it makes people feel better, maybe it's an easy scapegoat. Who knows.
It's lazy to buy pre-made food, processed food, and fast food rather than to bring your own food or make something.
Simple fact is that eating healthy costs no more (and often times less) than eating poorly.
Research carried out in the United States shed some more light on why people can’t leave the burgers alone. If you thought it was just because they were lazy and fancied a quick bite to eat rather than cooking dinner, you could be wrong.
Apparently some people get addicted to the taste of popular fast food because it contains just the right mixture of fat, sugar and salt to set off the pleasure chemicals in the brain. Experiments carried out on lab rats showed that when they were fed a diet that consisted of 25% sugar – and then the sugar is removed, the rats become anxious, their teeth start to chatter and they suffer with the shakes - not unlike people going through a nicotine or morphine withdrawal.
The researchers also noticed long lasting changes in brain chemistry of rats fed with foods that had a combination of sweet, salt and fat in, which led them to conclude that there was a possibility that people too could see brain changes – and become physically addicted to eating fast food.
Originally posted by KrazyJethro
I would suggest that you can feed a family of 5 a healthy dinner for $5-6 a day.
How do I know? Because I do it every day. I have 4 children, my wife and myself (my youngest is 2 months old so doesn't really count in the tally for obvious reasons).
Example: Mind you, these are not even sale prices (we literally buy nothing that isn't on sale, and a good sale at that, with coupons).
Nature's Own Bread 100% Whole Grain Wheat Sugar Free $2.99 - 18 slices per loaf, makes 9 sandwiches at $0.34 a sandwich
Nature's Promise Organics Peanut Butter Crunchy $2.99 - 15 servings per jar at $0.20 a sandwich.
Eating 2 sandwiches (which is all any normal lad might need for 1 meal) would cost a grand total of $1.04 without tax.
I would recommend drinking water more often.
Organic apples (not on sale) generally run about $1 a piece. Good natural sugar for a days work.
Considering one would normally buy at least 2 items from the "dollar menu" from McDonalds, that's a huge difference.
I would even suggest that you could easily make your own bread on the weekends (all you'd need for the week and more). That way you could control what ingredients went into the bread.
Meat is one of the most expensive non-processed foods so cut down on your meat consumption (I recommend this to all people).
Because some crap food is cheap does not mean most of the bad food people buy is actually cheaper. People do not live (on average) like college kids forever, so talking about stupid kids is a moot point.
Stouffer's Family Size Lasagna with Meat & Sauce - $9.99 - 57oz
San Giorgio Pasta Lasagne Rippled Edge - $2.19 - 16 oz
Giant Cheese Ricotta Whole Milk - $2.49 - 15 oz
Nature's Promise Organics Pasta Sauce Parmesan - $2.99 - 26oz
Total - $7.67 - 57 oz
Salt is one of the biggest factors that is rarely talked about.
Originally posted by Cuhail
Thanks for the clarification, there. You DID sound like a fattie-bigot!
I think the FDA can come down hard on everything, but, it still doesn't matter because people are in charge of raising that fork themselves.