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Obesity rising yet we are eating less calories...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Has anyone seen that article?
Here is a quote from one source:
[quote]"Researchers, whose findings appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, analyzed trends since the 1970s and found that among adults, average daily energy intake rose by a total of 314 calories from 1971 to 2003, then fell by 74 calories between 2003 and 2010.

It's hard to reconcile what these data show, and what is happening with the prevalence of obesity," said co-author William Dietz, former CDC director of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, to Reuters Health.

"Seventy-four calories is a lot, and as I said before, we would expect to see a measurable impact on obesity."[end quote]

Seriously?! We increased our caloric intake by about 314 then decrease it by 74 and expect to see a huge impact in obesity rates when we are still consuming more calories.

I do not think 74 calories is enough to see it making an impact on the problem. We are eating too many over-processed foods, energy dense foods and not enough micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals).

I find it interesting when I am shopping and look at what is in other peoples carts and then look at the people who are pushing that cart. The solution to the problem is clear to me. But how do we make the change?

I am at the high end of BMI and my body fat % needs to come down by about 5%. I know this and I know that if I cut down on the fat I eat, then I should see the change I desire; but have I made the changes necessary? Honestly, the answer is no. I still eat those candy bars, chips, brownies even though I know better.

Admittedly, I am not as bad as I used to be. those bags of candy and chips are lasting a bit longer in the house than they had in the past. For me, that is a big accomplishment. In the past, it was nothing to eat a pound of m&M's in one sitting (How fortunate for me the package sizes have gotten smaller over the years. ) Now, those little candies are nasty tasting and that helps me exercise self control. I am more selective in my binges now.

All what I know is, for me, if I eat more calories than I need, but a little bit less than last year, I would still expect a weight gain, just maybe not as much or as quick.

The solution: Go to the grocery store, look at the junk that is on the majority of the shelves and LEAVE it there. Eat food, real food! Then we should see a real impact.

Thanks for reading my rant.

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    You're dead on! Their math just doesn't add up!
    1681 days ago
    You said it: Eat real food!

    Great blog!
    1681 days ago
    These studies are sad really. I could go on and on but won't. I am very grateful that I eat a healthy diet with occasional treats. I may not be the skinniest person in the room but I M healthy. emoticon
    1681 days ago
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