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Old 07-20-2007, 08:52 PM   #1
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What's going on with our American diet?

a few stats about americans...

* 66% of U.S. adults were overweight or obese in 2003-2004.
* Women 2034 years old had the fastest increase rate of obesity and overweight.
* 80% of black women aged 40 years or over are overweight; 50% are obese.
* Asians have a lower obesity prevalence when compared to other ethnic groups. However, Asians born in the United States are four times more likely to be obese than their foreign-born counterparts.
* Less educated people have a higher prevalence of obesity than their counterparts, with the exception of black women.
* States in the southeast have higher prevalence than states on the West Coast, the Midwest and the Northeast.
* 16% of children and adolescents are overweight and 34% are at risk of becoming overweight in 2003-2004.
* White children and adolescents had the lowest prevalence of overweight and being at risk of overweight compared with their black and Mexican counterparts

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Old 07-20-2007, 11:03 PM   #2
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I guess there are alot of theories on why this is happening. I think it has to do alot with laziness. America has (in general) become a very lazy country. Of course the horrible food is not helping either. People dont want to cook big meals anymore, they want to get home and eat. It weird though, It doesn't happen in Canada, and we are very similar to America. Again I dont really know, Im just speculating.
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:27 PM   #3
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I guess there are alot of theories on why this is happening. I think it has to do alot with laziness. America has (in general) become a very lazy country. Of course the horrible food is not helping either. People dont want to cook big meals anymore, they want to get home and eat. It weird though, It doesn't happen in Canada, and we are very similar to America. Again I dont really know, Im just speculating.
my guesses are as follows:

1. meat, esp. chicken, raised on steroids. you are what you eat.
2. high fructose corn syrup in just about EVERYTHING we eat.
3. sodium in preserved, canned veggies, snacks, etc.
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Old 07-21-2007, 08:13 AM   #4
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How about.

1 An over consumption of Calories!! mainly from Sugars, fats, and carbohydrates!

2. Broadly speaking, fast food restaurants..

3. Sedentary Life styles..

Also, Americans don't hold exclusive rights on laziness!

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Old 07-21-2007, 10:22 AM   #5
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Ditto what Uncle Bob said. Talk to any dietician or read any of the studies out there. They will all point to the change being less active lifestyles (no one walks to work, and urban lifestyles are more prevalent now) and a shift to "fast food". I am including not just the take out places, but all the prepackaged convenience food you can buy at the store. You know what I mean. TV dinners essentially.

You know what though, in travelling through the US, the one place I noticed folks were in general pretty slender is Manhattan. I think folks in NY walk more than others. I read that something like 75% of people who live on the island don't have a drivers license and those that do hardly ever drive. Weird.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:34 AM   #6
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It is so easy to get around NYC with public transportation and so difficult by car that I do not doubt that one bit Alix.

Yes laziness, larger portions, excessive amounts of sugar, these are all contributing factors to the weight problem.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:46 AM   #7
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Oooooooooooooo! Larger Portions! Thanks for mentioning that GB. My personal pet peeve is the size of a slab of beef folks seem to require these days. A correct serving size of say steak is about the size of a deck of cards. I don't know about you, but seeing 16oz slabs of beef on a menu is a bit excessive IMO. Don't get me wrong here...I have on occasion polished off one of those bad boys, but I don't make a regular habit of it.
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:18 AM   #8
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I agree. It seems like too many sedentary people are eating like hard working farmers. I love to eat (duh! This is the Discuss Cooking forum!) but as I get older (40's) I'm eating less and less fatty types of food, and enjoying the taste of fresh, natural ingredients. I also stay very active. I gained weight in college and hated the way it felt so I lost it and have kept it off. Isn't easy sometimes, especially as I get older.
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Old 07-26-2007, 02:59 PM   #9
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1. low income families generally have less access to healthy choices when it comes to food. There are fewer grocery stores with fresh veggies, and more fast food restaurants in low income parts of cities.

2. physical activity is not encouraged like it used to be. This is for several reasons: there are more things you can do at home now, and people are afraid to let their kids out of sight because so many violent crimes are on television now (this isn't to say there are more crimes happening, but they are more publicised).

3. more convenience foods in the grocery store. When I go shopping with my wife, I spend most of my time putting back things we don't need and that aren't on our shopping list. The grocery stores don't help much by pushing this stuff MUCH harder than plain old fruit and vegetables. Not to mention many of these foods are loaded with extra sodium, sugar, fat, and preservatives.

[edit] oh yeah, and 4. Larger portions (as described by others) [\edit]
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Yes, restaurants give larger portions, but that's to compete with the demand of customers. A restaurant is not holding a gun to your head telling you to finish all of your food in one sitting. Buffet restaurants don't have their own private militia going out and herding people in, telling them to stuff their face and make sure they eat their $19.95 worth of food. Everyone wants to point a finger. The problem is the PEOPLE. If someone wants to lose weight or change their eating habits/lifestyle, then do it. Are you a lemming or a person? If you have the ability to think for yourself, then you have the ability to make the change and not make any excuses if your goal is to lose weight.
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