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July 20, 2007

America: We’re #1 All Right

By Worker Bee
14 Comments

Nothing has changed. Yet. What do you think is the single most important change that must occur?

[tags] obesity, statistics, OECD, international comparison [/tags]

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Crystal
Crystal
9 years 2 months ago

I have found that breakfast sets the tone for the whole day. If the day starts out crummy, chances are the rest of the meals will follow. I was watching a show about breakfasts around the world. Guess what America’s favorite breakfast food is? Yep, cold cereal. How embarrassing.

Robert
Robert
9 years 2 months ago

Education – which is why Mark’s Daily Apple is so valuable.

rosario   vento
rosario vento
9 years 2 months ago

eating foods that’s not boring, things that taste great hot or cold , like watermellon , plums peaches,and for the hot foods, like lean cuts of roast beef or garlic chicken,Ilove Italian foods like sausage with onion,olive oil, garlic and green peppers, my favorite veal piccata and a side of pasta, for desert, italian coffee like expresso with a little cinnamon, lemon peel and a shot of rum , now thats what I call a nice little dinner, then go out on the town and have some good Italian fun, a movie, then sausage pizza.

Robert
Robert
9 years 2 months ago

I hope you are joking Rosario. This is good example of why we are #1.

groovalicious
groovalicious
9 years 2 months ago

Fast food has definitely got to go, and in its place more organic whole foods for sure.

Chris
9 years 2 months ago

unfortunately the UK is at number 2.

The biggest change we need is education so that peopel can think for themselves a bit. It is frutrating though because the media and authorities promote a high carb diet plus endurance exercise when what we need is low carb, high nutrient and intermittent intense exercise.

Sara
9 years 2 months ago

Our advertising and public/federal health education are inconsistent. Just one example: on the one hand, the government talks about the need to reduce obesity and preventable disease; on the other, it spends more money subsidizing huge food corporations (in the form of subsidies, marketing, and tax breaks) than it does on school lunches or education.

Crystal
Crystal
9 years 2 months ago

Sara-Yes and school lunch is horrendous. They should just put everything in a trough and let the kids line up. Hypocrits.

Sonagi
Sonagi
9 years 2 months ago

We’re #1 among OECD countries but not globally. The world’s fattest nation honor goes to Saudi Arabia. We take the bronze behind Panama.

http://www.iotf.org/database/GlobalPrevalenceofAdultObesityFeb07.mht

I read in the news this week that if current obesity trends continue, 75% of all US adults will be overweight or obese by the year 2015. If you look at the statistics in the above link, you will see that obesity really is a global problem found on every continent. There are now more overweight than underfed people on the planet.

Sonagi
Sonagi
9 years 2 months ago
“Our advertising and public/federal health education are inconsistent. Just one example: on the one hand, the government talks about the need to reduce obesity and preventable disease; on the other, it spends more money subsidizing huge food corporations (in the form of subsidies, marketing, and tax breaks) than it does on school lunches or education.” Yes, indeed, and school meals are an insidious partnership between government and the food industry. Breakfast foods are all packaged carbo-junk sweetened with either HFCS or artificial sweeteners to keep within federal limits on sugar content. Cereal manufacturers use the school breakfast program to turn… Read more »
Sonagi
Sonagi
9 years 2 months ago

If you get a chance, could you please rescue a couple of my comments from the spam trap? They got caught because of links.

Mark
9 years 2 months ago

Hey gang, I’m back. Sonagi, I’ll get on it. I notice for a couple of you this happens. Eventually Akismet will figure it out….

Mark
9 years 2 months ago

By the way, what Nestle (formula) is doing abroad is atrocious. Actually discouraging mothers from nursing which is creating a huge epidemic of ill/dying babies because the formula is being mixed with unsafe water.

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