A lot has been been written here about
a world wide problem called obesity and the issues it brings with it
diabetes, heart/stroke, cancer, etc). The human and medical costs are enormous. There have been so many diets through the years, some practical, some wacky but in the end the problem of obesity is getting worse. Most of these diets work short term and I believe may work in the long term if people had the dicipline to strictly adhere to diets themselves but we all have personal food failings so after gaining 5 pounds over a weekend of binge high caloric eating and drinking with the boys and having the hard work of taking 2 months on your diet to take these 5 pounds off, we kinda fall off the wagon. It's not the diets fault, its just that we have so many opportunities to eat foods that taste soooo good and have high caloric value like sticky buns, pizza, ice cream, chips, cheetos, well the list is endless as is the times in front of the TV watching your favorite team consumming these tasting snacks that have more calories than a full meal on your diet. When you invite the "boys" over to watch the super bowl, beer and pizza is the rallying cry, not a huge bowl of whipped turnip and fizzy water.
To me, the problem is very simple, calories in = calories out to balance your weight. That is the easy part. The hard part is actually eating foods that are nutritious, fill you up and are not high in calories to push you over the plus calories for the day and you find tasty. When I am hungry, if given a choice between a platter of cheese, sausage meats, salty chips, smoked salmon or a platter of cut up vegetables, I'm going for the salt and fats. This is human nature. The food companies add sugar, salt and fat to foods because they know, that is the food we like which is different than the foods we should be consumming.
Calories out are determined by your metabolism, age, daily activity. An average 70 year old, hey thats me, needs on average, 2000 calories. Thats 2.5 sticky buns or a whole bunch of fruits, vegetables, fish etc that is way better for you. It's your choice to be within the acceptable, healthy weight that the medical profession suggests. Don't blame it on the government if you are fat.
An observation over the changes in our eating habits in the last 50 years or so is the amount of fast food outlets that people frequent on a daily basis and the portion sizes has increased. Also, the snack food isles in the local convenience and super stores now take up a lot more room because of demand for these products.
My younger son who is 36 and thin( a former endurance athlete) says, "Do not drink your calories". What he is talking about
is the amount of calories going down the throats of so many young and old folks in the form of surgery, fatening Big Gulps or sugered coffees, plus all of the traditional pops and "sport drinks" that are sold in so many convenience stores, many so close to schools. With a steak, at least you have to take the time to cut it and then chew it before you can swallow the morsel. Not so with a Big Gulp or a Starbucks, super spice latte, just tilt her back and there you have 400 calories in your body before your brain even considers that you have something in your stomach.
We do not eat at fast food places, try to eat good home cooked food, even though we do have some junk food around, get a huge amount of exercise (probably more like over 3000 calories) every day and keep a fairly consistent weight through out the years.(I'm 5'11", 180', she's 5'4", 130')
I believe we all have a choice in fighting this obesity crises. As we live with PC, it is much easier mentally and physically dealing with the many issues that arise from this disease when your body doesn't also have to fight another huge problem called obesity.