Don't Blame Me If I'm Fat!

Written by Jim Foster

In a culture of blame-shifting we often look for someone to blame for our predicament. Being overweight is no different - who is to blame for obesity?

"It'srepparttar fast food outlets - supplying us with fatty foods" "Our thin-obsessed society is putting all sorts of pressure on even slightly overweight folks" "The weight loss industry is to blame - after all if everyone was slim - they would go out of business"

Some will simply blamerepparttar 131481 overweight person - making generalizations and attaching unhelpful labels torepparttar 131482 person. "After all" they say, "it's up to us to manage what we eat and how much we exercise".

There is truth in this, but it is too simplistic. Many overweight people have tried desperately to eat 'properly' to manage their weight - yet continue to struggle for years. There are a number of outside forces here that have more of an influence than we realise.

So Who Is To Blame?

The weight loss industry is large, with millions being spent every year by people looking for answers. Like any industry, it has it's share of charlatans and snake-oil salesmen. Many manufacturers of diet pills and weight loss supplements are certainly opportunists - rather than looking to treatrepparttar 131483 source (i.e. by eating right), they are trying to treatrepparttar 131484 symptoms. However we have found that most decent commercial weight loss programs have a genuine interest in helping people manage their weight. So it's unfair to cast blame onrepparttar 131485 entire 'industry'.

If we were to start looking for culprits, we might want to cast our eye atrepparttar 131486 food processing industry - that, coupled with savvy marketing experts, has snared us into eating so many kinds of processed foods that going torepparttar 131487 supermarket is like walking through a nutritional minefield.

Get Them While Their Young

The Center For Science inrepparttar 131488 Public Interest (CSPI) recently conducted a study ofrepparttar 131489 magazine "National Geographic for Kids". In 17 recent issues they found 51 ads for junk-foods - including a depiction of one meal that contained 590 calories (remember this is a magazine for children).

Many years ago a certain famous fast food outlet began calling its meals for children "Happy Meals" - creating an emotional response and attachment to certain foods - typically nutritionally poor foods.

Chemical Food and Clever Marketing

It's notrepparttar 131490 weight loss industry that's to blame - butrepparttar 131491 clever marketing tactics fromrepparttar 131492 food processing giants that are misleading us. To make things worse - some popular weight loss diets have unfortunately associated themselves with snack food corporations, and severely reduced their credibility.

Low Carb is High Dumb

Written by Dr. Donald A. Miller

Low carbohydrate diets are nowrepparttar craze inrepparttar 131479 U.S.A. Fast food stores even offer hamburgers in lettuce rather than in buns (still withrepparttar 131480 fats of meat and sauces). Breads and pastries modified for lower carbohydrates are now making fortunes for suppliers. "Low carb salads", still drenched with high fat dressings, are offered for "dieting."

So what?

This is a costly, stupid, perhaps health threatening fad.

When I was growing up, I did not understand that biblical quotation of "Man does not live by bread alone", attributed to Moses (old testament, torah) and Jesus (new testament). Well, I understood thatrepparttar 131481 message was meant to be "People have spiritual as well as physical needs." But I had no idea how people could live very long on bread. At that time, I was used to spongy white bread with no character.

Somewhere alongrepparttar 131482 way, I learned about whole grain breads, and how peasants throughrepparttar 131483 centuries had lived mostly on dark breads that Marie Antoinnette would have rejected, with occasional fortifications of cheese, eggs, sometimes meat. Peasants tended to eat vegetables, but knights and nobles often dismissed such as "farmers' fare", preferring lots of meat, alcoholic beverages, pastries. Few people lived long in those days, so statistical studies of life span versus diet were not performed. (Statistics were not well known.)

So I read up on bread recipes, found a few health gurus who argued for blends of whole grain wheat, cornmeal, rye, and soy flour. A fairly recent development is triticale, a long sought hybrid of wheat and rye. Why these blends? It turns out that grains and legumes can provide allrepparttar 131484 balanced protein that we need, without meat. Verrrry interesting! Also, such blends contain valuable dietary fiber.

The prayer, "Give us this day our daily bread", is now explained. Properly made, bread really can be "the staff of life."

I have learned to love Asian foods that make heavy use of soy beans, such as tempeh and tofu with noodles and stir fry vegetables. I usually am turned off by soy based foods that pretend to be something else, such as soy burgers, soy cutlets, soy cheeses. In fact,repparttar 131485 fake foods not only can taste far from real, but those which contain Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HP) inflame my tongue and cause me anxiety, just as foods with a lot of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).

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