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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bill Clinton talking on Obesity NOW

newsweek is live tweeting his remarks

1 comment:

  1. I was listening to NPR yesterday and they were interviewing health experts working on this issue and they were asking for an "in your face campaign about obesity" and comparing it to what has been done re: smoking. Here is the thing; the anti-smoking campaign came with some SERIOUS legislation attached to it. We can't blame "parents" on this. What the food companies in this country are allowed to do is truly awful. In Europe high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils have been banned in food products. We should have already done that here, but it doesn't look like that is happening anytime soon.

    Why is it that the snack food industry is allowed to package items that appear to be one serving and yet if you actually read the package it's sometimes 3, 4, or 5 servings. The marketing of crap to children is terrible. I've realized that I don't even see McDonald's commercials anymore. Why, because they market to children. There has GOT to be some MAJOR legislative teeth to working on this issue. You can't just EDUCATE your way out of it. I think full disclosure in every single damn restaurant for every single damn item of food they sell should be required. You should KNOW that your veggie salad is loaded with fat and salt (looking at you Olive Garden). It’s not good enough that they put it on their website. I don't know what to say, I have my own issues to work on and I'm an ex D-1 athlete. I think home economics including cooking classes should be put back into schools. I was at the tail end of when home economics was in school but I was on the university track and that was something that was never an option for me, really because there was such stigma to it as being for the kids who wouldn't ever go to college. The reality is, I barely sew a button on and I do some limited cooking. I get frustrated at HOW MUCH TIME it takes to cook at home. I don't know, I could go on and on about this but we can't educate our way out of it while the corporations that provide food in this country either in the grocery stores or in the commercial market are allowed to do what they do.

    We can't just have kids look at glossy pictures or discuss healthy eating. This really requires some intensive efforts beyond taking notes, listening to someone, ect.

    Republicans will say "you have the freedom to choose and the government will take away your freedom!" That is total BS. We don't have the freedom to choose as the market is saturated with everything unhealthy. Even stuff that appears to be healthy is unhealthy. I will admit the public service announcements/Shoney's advertisements from Children's Hospital are helpful in reminding me to eat breakfast but as soon as I hear "Shoney's and Children's Hospital remind you to feed your child a nutritious breakfast." My immediate first thought is NOT the whole grain, whole wheat cereal in my cabinet with a cup of skim milk and an orange. Oh no, I hear Shoney's and I have flashes of eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits, jelly... Then I have to fight myself and that innate desire to have exactly what I shouldn't have and then tell myself, yeah my whole grain/whole wheat cereal is REALLY good.

    We, in our country, have collectively acquired a taste for bad food, terrible food that is quick and easy. I have to really THINK about switching snacks up to a piece of fruit. Out palates have been trained to certain manufactured tastes... See More. Our financial food decisions have been tailored to cheap and easy and unhealthy. Our entire society has been built around inappropriate nutrition choices and it has become an addiction! We cannot go make monthly appearances, weekly appearances or daily appearances in a classroom or on TV or on the radio and expect change without some fundamental changes in the SYSTEM.