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4 Reasons You May Be Obese in 20 Years

by Adriana Velez on May 8, 2012 at 5:24 PM

newsweekWhich do you think is more likely to happen by the year 2030: We're all traveling by jet pack, or 42 percent of us are obese? I WANT the first one to be true. (What's taking them so long with those jet packs, anyway?) But unfortunately, it really does look like 42 percent of us will be obese in about 20 years -- so says a study for the Centers for Disease Control.

Right now about 34 percent of us are obese. And I'm not at all surprised to hear that we're just going to keep rolling along like this. Here's why.

1. We can't agree on what makes us fat. For years nutritionists have been saying "cut the saturated fat!" So we all started chowing down in carbs instead. Now Newsweek writer Gary Taubes thinks it's all the sugar. He think we've been fussing over fats and oils and filling up on sugars and carbs, which are the real culprits. And that kind of makes sense -- sugar tells our cells how to store fat. But is this really all about sugar?

2. Preaching willpower doesn't seem to work. Eat less and exercise. Eat less and exercise. We've heard this for decades. We do exercise more, now. But portion sizes have grown.

3. Obesity is incredibly complicated. We're all different, and we all have different bodies that respond different ways to different foods and different exercise. But we keep getting these one-size-fits-all messages about not getting fat.

4. We're surrounded! Everywhere you go there are ads for delicious things to eat. 

But hey, I have some good news about this report. The crazy obesity runaway train is slowing down! Yay. A few years ago they thought a whopping 51 percent of us would be obese by 2030, but apparently we're getting a grip. Kind of.

Why do you think we still face an obesity epidemic?

 

Image via Newsweek/The Daily Beast

 

 

Filed Under: diets, general health, obesity, weight loss

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  • Felip...
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    FelipesMom

    May 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I think it's the fact that the vast majority of us don't eat real foods - we eat what Michael Pollan calls "edible food-like substances." Everyone swears that each additive in our food is just fine and dandy, because each one has not been proven to cause any specific health problem. But look at the big picture: we are all eating HFCS, sodium benzoate, etc etc etc, and we also have a lot of ADHD, obesity, diabetes, cancer... the list goes on and on.

    Here are Michael Pollan's 7 rules for eating healthy - they are simple and brilliant, and it hasn't been that long since they were considered common sense and practiced by almost all Americans!!


  • Felip...
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    FelipesMom

    May 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Here are the rules for those too lazy to click ;o)

     


  • Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. "When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can't pronounce, ask yourself, "What are those things doing there?" Pollan says.
  • Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can't pronounce.
  • Stay out of the middle of the supermarket; shop on the perimeter of the store. Real food tends to be on the outer edge of the store near the loading docks, where it can be replaced with fresh foods when it goes bad.
  •  Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot. "There are exceptions -- honey -- but as a rule, things like Twinkies that never go bad aren't food," Pollan says.
  • It is not just what you eat but how you eat. "Always leave the table a little hungry," Pollan says. "Many cultures have rules that you stop eating before you are full. In Japan, they say eat until you are four-fifths full. Islamic culture has a similar rule, and in German culture they say, 'Tie off the sack before it's full.'"
  • Families traditionally ate together, around a table and not a TV, at regular meal times. It's a good tradition. Enjoy meals with the people you love. "Remember when eating between meals felt wrong?" Pollan asks.
  • Don't buy food where you buy your gasoline. In the U.S., 20% of food is eaten in the car.

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