Do we really not know WHY we have become so obese as a nation? I think we do……..

Do we really not know why we have become obese as a nation?  Trust me I used to be one of the morbidly obese and I know.

Let me ask you this:  What do you think this is below?

Water, Enriched Flour [Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Whole Wheat Flour, Modified Wheat Starch, Canola Oil, Wheat Gluten, Glycerine, Tomato with Pieces [Tomato Concentrate, Guar Gum], Baking Powder [Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Bicarbonate Soda, Cornstarch, Monocalcium Phosphate], Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Sugar, Salt, Granulated Garlic, Citric Acid), Cooked White Meat Chicken (White Meat Chicken, Water, Modified Potato Starch, Salt, Sodium Phosphate), Ranchero Sauce (Tomatoes [Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid], Water, Chicken Base [Chicken Meat with Natural Juices, Salt, Organic Cane Juice Solids, Corn Maltodextrin, Chicken Fat, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavors, Dried Onion, Spice Extractives, Turmeric], Chili Paste [Chili Peppers, Dried Onion and Garlic, Yeast Extract, Salt, Spices, Beef Extract, Citric Acid], Roasted Tomatoes, Granulated Onion, Granulated Garlic, Jalapenos [Jalapenos, Water, Vinegar, Salt], Modified Cornstarch, Modified Cellulose, Spices, Chipotle Chili Powder], Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese (Part Skim Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto [Color]), Monterey Jack Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Bell Peppers (Red, Green), Fire-Roasted Onions, Roasted Poblano Chiles, Modified Cornstarch.

Sounds gross doesn’t it?  How about this:  Do you know what this is?

BLANCHED RIGATONI (WATER, SEMOLINA, WHEAT GLUTEN), SKIM MILK, BROCCOLI, COOKED CHICKEN WHITE MEAT (CHICKEN WHITE MEAT, WATER, SEASONING (SALT, MALTODEXTRIN, GARLIC, SUGAR, SPICES, DEXTROSE, YEAST EXTRACT, CARRAGEENAN, ORANGE PEEL, ONION, SOYBEAN OIL, CHICKEN FAT, PAPRIKA, CHICKEN BROTH, DEHYDRATED CELERY, NATURAL FLAVOR), ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN, MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, CARAMEL COLOR, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, CANOLA OIL), WATER, CREAM, 2% OR LESS OF MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, PARMESAN CHEESE PASTE (GRANULAR AND PARMESAN CHEESE (PASTEURIZED MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES), WATER, SALT, LACTIC ACID, CITRIC ACID), SALT, RICE STARCH, ENZYME MODIFIED PARMESAN CHEESE PASTE (PARMESAN CHEESE (CULTURED PART-SKIM MILK, SALT, ENZYMES), WATER, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE (FROM MILK), REDUCED FAT MILK, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, ENZYMES, NONFAT MILK, CULTURES), BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, BUTTERFAT, ROMANO CHEESE PRODUCT ((PASTEURIZED COW’S MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES), WATER, SALT, LACTIC ACID), MONO-&DIGLYCERIDES, SPICE, XANTHAN GUM, DEHYDRATED ONIONS, LACTIC ACID, CALCIUM LACTATE

Did that look any tastier?  Okay- one more try, how about this:

COOKED ENRICHED PASTA (WATER, DURUM, WHEAT FLOUR, EGG WHITE, NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE [IRON], THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), COOKED CHICKEN TENDERLOINS (CHICKEN TENDERLOIN, WATER, OLIVE OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN PRODUCT [ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, CORN STARCH, CARRAGEENAN, SOY LECITHIN], DEXTROSE, SALT, SUN DRIED TOMATOES, POTASSIUM AND SODIUM PHOSPHATES, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, FLAVORING, ONION, GARLIC, CARAMEL COLOR), WATER, GREEN AND YELLOW ZUCCHINI, SPINACH, CHARDONNAY WINE, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: OLIVE OIL, BASIL, GARLIC PUREE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, PARMESAN CHEESE (PART SKIM MILK, CHEESE CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES), ONIONS, PARSLEY, SALT, CREAM, CHICKEN SEASONING (CHICKEN MEAT AND NATURAL JUICES, SALT, CHICKEN FAT, SUGAR, HYDROLYZED [CORN AND WHEAT GLUTEN, SOY] PROTEIN, DRIED WHEY, MALTODEXTRIN, YEAST EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVORING, DISODIUM INOSINATE AND GUANYLATE, EXTRACTS OF TURMERIC AND ANNATTO), SHALLOTS, SUGAR, DRIED CANE SYRUP, SPICES, FLAVORINGS, SOYBEAN OIL, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES WITH DATEM, SEA SALT.

Do any of those three sound like something you would like to eat?  I think not.  The first was the ingredient list of a Weight Watchers frozen dinner.  The second was a Lean Cuisine frozen dinner and the third was a Healthy Choice frozen dinner.  MANY people truly believe these are wonderful healthy meals and eat them daily.

Do you know what this one is? 

White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning [autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil,
dextrose, citric acid], sodium phosphates, natural flavor (botanical source). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced
iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, bleached wheat flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid
pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, dextrose, corn starch.
CONTAINS: WHEAT.
Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane
added as an antifoaming agent.

That is something that I am willing to bet almost 100% of you have eaten or given your kids to eat this week even.   Those  are the ingredients in McDonalds chicken nuggets.

This leads me to ponder several questions which I will let you ponder as well.  Once you ponder these questions, you will likely have a better understanding of why we are becoming one of the most obese countries on the planet and why over 1/3 of adults in this country are obese.  You will also see why so many of our kids are growing up obese as well.

As always your comments and thoughts are welcome!

WHEN DID WE DECIDE THE GARBAGE LISTED ABOVE WAS ACCEPTABLE AS FOOD?

WHEN DID WE DECIDE IT WAS OKAY TO FEED THIS TO OUR KIDS ON A REGULAR BASIS?

WHEN DID THE STAPLES OF THE AMERICAN DIET GO FROM THINGS CREATED IN NATURE TO THINGS CREATED IN A LAB?

WHY DO WE SCREAM THAT GOOD HEALTHY FOOD IS TOO EXPENSIVE AND DO NOT LIKE PAYING $3.50 FOR 2 HEADS OF LETTUCE, $3.00 FOR SOME FRESH VEGGIES, $8.00 FOR A PACK OF CHICKEN BREASTS AND $2.50 FOR A BOTTLE OF SALAD DRESSING THAT WILL FEED A FAMILY OF FOUR A NICE HEALTHY MEAL FOR LESS THAN $20.00, YET WE THINK NOTHING OF PAYING $25.00 TO FEED A FAMILY OF FOUR A VALUE MEAL AT A FAST-FOOD JOINT?

WHEN DID WE DECIDE THAT EATING MASSIVE QUANTITIES OF FOOD SHOULD BE A SPORT AND SOMETHING TO DEVELOP CONTESTS AND TV SHOWS AROUND?

WHEN DID WE DECIDE THAT PORTIONS SHOULD BE 4-8 TIMES LARGER IN AMERICAN RESTAURANTS AND HOMES THAN ANYPLACE ELSE IN THE WORLD?

WHEN DID WE DECIDE THAT A HIGH FAT DIET VOID OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES AND CALLED “LOW-CARB” WAS A HEALTHY WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT?

WHEN DID WE FORGET THAT OUR BODIES WERE MADE TO MOVE AND DECIDE TO BECOME SEDENTARY AS A PEOPLE?

WHEN DID THE WORD EXERCISE BECOME SOMETHING NEGATIVE AND NOT JUST A PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE?

WHY WERE MOST OF OUR GRANDPARENTS NOT OBESE OR EVEN OVERWEIGHT?

WHY DOES THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SPEND 5 TIMES LONGER WATCHING TV THAN THEY DO MOVING THEIR BODIES?

WHEN DID PRICE AND CONVENIENCE START TO OUTWEIGH HEALTH BENEFITS WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD? DO WE USE THIS ATTITUDE WHEN PICKING SOMEONE TO FIX OUR CARS OR TO TAKE CARE OF OUR MEDICAL NEEDS?

WHO DECIDED THAT BIGGER WAS BETTER AND QUANTITY OUTWEIGHED QUALITY?

WHY DO THE SAME PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY HAVE NO TIME FOR EXERCISE HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO WATCH TV AND FACEBOOK?

DO YOU KNOW THE REASON JUVENILE AND ADULT ONSET DIABETES ARE NOW CALLED TYPE 1 AND TYPE 2?

DO YOU KNOW WHY FRUITS AND VEGGIES HAVE CERTAIN COLORS AND WHAT THOSE COLORS MEAN?

DID YOU KNOW THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE RUNNERS ACTUALLY HAVE FAR LESS INCIDENCE OF KNEE AND JOINT PAIN AS THEY AGE?

WHO DECIDED THAT ADULTS AND CHILDREN SHOULD EAT TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT MEALS AND THAT A KIDS MENU IN A RESTAURANT SHOULD FEATURE PRIMARILY EMPTY CARBS LIKE MAC AND CHEESE, CORN DOGS, PIZZA AND CHICKEN NUGGETS?  

WHY WOULD WE NOT MAKE A KIDS MENU WITH THE SAME HEALTHY THINGS WE LIKE AS ADULTS BUT IN SMALLER PORTIONS?

WHY ARE MANY NOW SAYING THAT YOUR KIDS WOULDN’T EAT THAT?

MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHY WOULD THEY NOT EAT THAT?

WHY IS FIGHTING OBESITY NOT AS IMPORTANT AS FIGHTING CANCER AND HIV TO SO MANY?

WHY WILL MANY READ THIS ND PONDER THESE QUESTIONS AND STILL DO NOTHING?

If after reading this, you still have to ask how we got to be so obese as a nation, then maybe you need to read again.  Don’t you agree with me that it is time to change our thinking and priorities before it is too late?  We did this in our home and went from being a family who had one morbidly obese parent and one child addicted to video games four years ago to now having one parent who lost 130 lbs and is a personal trainer and one parent who is a personal fitness chef and two kids who are leading cross-country runners.

Both parents are also now avid half-marathoners.  WE BEAT OBESITY AND BROKE THE CYCLE IN OUR HOME.  Will you do the same in yours?

YOU CAN DO IT!  IT TAKES EFFORT AND TIME BUT WE CAN BEAT THIS EPIDEMIC!

ONE FAMILY AT A TIME, ONE MEAL AT A TIME.

XXOO

Erin

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About Erin Akey

I am a formerly morbidly obese wife, mother, Christian, author, speaker, water fitness instructor, nutritionist, anti-obesity advocate, and Emerald Ambassador with Plexus Worldwide. I am passionate about helping people fight the disease of obesity and also preventing and addressing obesity in children. I believe we have so many amazing tools available to treat this disease and we all need to take advantage of the ones we feel are right for us. I am also passionate about women taking the time to care for their needs. We live in a world where so many of us spend all of our time taking care of others that we neglect ourselves. I am all about making God the center of everything and letting His will take control of our lives and watching the beautiful blessings come from that release of power! Live, Laugh, and LOVE every day! Be grateful and be humble and watch the world around you change!
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