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Obesity in America — A Country Is What It Eats

Obesity in America

It’s been reported that Americans eat one out of five meals in their cars. One in three children eats fast food every day. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “You are what you eat” many times. Well, as a country, it’s really true and it’s really frightening.

Obesity in America is an epidemic, and we “weigh in” second only to Mexico. New Zealand is the third most obese nation, and Europe as a whole comes in fourth.

For every American, agribusiness produces 3,800 calories of food every single day. This is over 1,000 calories more than we need, and it’s 500 calories more than was produced 30 years ago.

It’s no wonder that more than one-third of us are obese. Not to mention the obesity rate for children has doubled here in the last 20 years while the rate for teenagers has more than tripled.

Our country needs to make a dietary change for good. This change doesn’t have to happen overnight. In fact, it’s unrealistic to think it can happen instantly.

We can begin by replacing one fast-food meal a day with one that includes the SuperFoods. We also need to encourage our families and friends to add just one whole SuperFood to their diets each day. Among all the SuperFoods and their sidekicks, there is bound to be something that will appeal to each person.

Blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, apples and oranges are just a few of the SuperFoods that make an easy, tasty substitute for a traditional fatty snack. Even a bowl of fresh fruit in place of greasy hash browns can make a huge difference in your overall well being.

By gradually weaning ourselves off a high-calorie, low-nutrient diet we will have healthier bodies and happier, more active lives. When we incorporate SuperFoods into our diets, we won’t be offended when someone says, “You are what you eat.”

Sources
The Guardian

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