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The Obesity “Paradox”

The University of Chicago Press published an article on August 29 about the simultaneous rise in obesity and the growing popularity of “health food” here in America.

It turns out that when a consumer is told the restaurant is “healthy,” say Subway, for example, they are then more likely to order a high calorie drink, dessert, or side dish to go with it. Not only is this a problem, but many of those healthy claims made by restaurants are not actually true. The article points out that many Subway sandwiches contain more calories than a Big Mac and then to top that off the consumer will likely order a high calories side dish to go with because they feel they can “afford” the calories since they made a “healthier” choice.

Along the same lines, I have been in stores like Whole Foods, which many might consider a “health food store” and seen people loading up on all sorts of desserts and greasy foods. It seems the perception of Whole Foods for many people is that nothing you buy there can make you fat. Hmmm….I’m pretty sure that whipped cream, cheesecake, and chocolate mousse can make you fat no matter where you buy it, whether its organic or not.

Tip: Investigate healthy claims for yourself. Don’t let yourself be tricked and be perfectly honest with yourself about what you are eating. Rather than trying to estimate the calories content of an entire sandwich, break it down and add up the meat, cheese, bread, and veggies separately. You will be much more accurate this way. Remember, eating at a place that calls itself or appears healthy, doesn’t actually mean that what you are eating is healthy.

If you’d like to read that article for yourself, here it is:


I went into a McDonald’s yesterday and said, ‘I’d like some fries.’ The girl at the counter said, ‘Would you like some fries with that?’

– Jay Leno, TV Host of the Tonight Show


September 4, 2007 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

The beginning of something beautiful

While I think it is important that people eat healthy, I also know that eating is something that most of us take a great deal of pleasure from and finding a perfect balance between health and pleasure is often a challenge that can leave us feeling bloated, guilty, hungry, or dissatisfied. In our pursuit to find pleasure in food it is important to remember that we are all human.

My goal here is to simply allow myself and others a place to discuss food, exercise, and health topics as well as share news and personal stories. While I am no expert on the subject, I do hold a bit of personal experience, as do we all, with my own struggles and triumphs. I am planning to study nutrition and hope to some day become a dietician.

My approach to food is multifaceted. I am not a fan of fast food, corporate food processing companies, and the governmental policy that regulates our food industry. I think these things have a lot to do with the growing obesity rate in America. No diet is going to fix this problem. Diets like Atkins, South Beach, Jenny Craig, and all the others will simply add to our problems by spreading false information. We need a bottom up approach.

Quote of the Day:

When Wal-Mart and McDonald’s start selling organic food, it will drive down the price to farmers and risk growing a new monoculture.

– Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivores Dilemma

September 4, 2007 at 6:08 am Leave a comment

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