This is a spinoff of another post featuring the recent news that New York Mayor Bloomburg, in an effort to possibly make some positive steps to get a handle on our obesity epidemic, floated the idea of limiting the serving size of soft drinks to 16 oz.
Discussion here with link to the New York Times article:
The debate in that thread was spirited, with many folks having strong opinions. This is a good thing! It means we’re paying attention to the world around us. At the end of the day, I think we all agreed there was a major problem with obesity, which I know isn’t the sole cause of diabetes, but is a huge contributor. However, we disagreed on three points. 1) What needs to be done to combat obesity. 2) Who is responsible to take those steps, and 3) how effective they would be.
As parents, we try to do the best to raise our kids healthy, and teach them healthy habits to take them into adulthood. Through my own “enlightenment”, and knowledge gained here at DC, I’ve come to the conclusion that most folks (ourselves excepted) have no clue what a healthy balanced diet is, much less share it with our kids. Even being in the food business nearly 20 years, I stand guilty as charged. I knew portion control, but rarely practiced it at my own table, never thinking I could be doing long term harm (however my 48” waistline should have tipped me off).
Like any savvy business, the food industry took advantage of our weaknesses and has been cashing in ever since. Ounce by ounce they enticed us to buy more and bigger, and we did. Some fast food meals can contain a whole days worth of calories and carbs in one sitting. And it’s not just fast food either.
So my follow up question is; is there something we, either as individuals, a group, society, or at a governmental level can do to ensure the current generation doesn’t get any bigger, while arming the next to live healthier lives than we seem to be. And, is it something we can all agree on, or are we all doomed to “dig our graves with our teeth” (thanks James) and eat ourselves into extinction.
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