Watching it now! Think I missed the start.
Watching it now! Think I missed the start.
I hope people who have said to "just eat less" in this thread got a chance to watch.
I was out walking and watched it on iview but falling asleep do will watch the rest later.
I just wanted to chime in on the whole obesity problem debate. I don't think it's just a question of personal responsibility, it's also largely a question of corporate responsibility. Food companies spend millions designing products to basically make them addictive. Their bottom line depends on people consuming more and more and more of their products. They do this by adding a lot of crap to the food but mostly it's about the sugar. They add sugar to everything because basically someone figured out that makes food taste good, it's cheap and it keeps people hooked. Now more than 80% of foods in our supermarket have added sugar. Then the companies that make these products turn around and blame consumers for eating their products when everything they do is about getting people to eat their products... Hello??!! We need to put a stop to this insanity. Sugar should not be an ingredient in most foods. It is something you have in a cake or biscuit now and then. Not in everything you eat. Of course people have a hard time just eating less! That's like telling someone who is addicted to tobacco to just smoke less cigarettes.
We are allowing big food companies to make huge profits poisoning people and we are all left with the bill. We need some form of government intervention just like with tobacco (ie a tax or levy on foods with added sugar). That money could be used for health, education, and subsidies for fresh produce. I think that's really the only way we'll see change.
I think there are sensitivities involved because (as with any other parenting issue here on BH) people don't like to be made to feel like their actions (or lack of) are the cause of something negative in their life.
I am guessing I'm about 15-20kg off my idea healthy weight. Some days I think "something must be going on - I exercise 6 days per week yet it makes no difference. And I don't eat that bad." Then I think "hang on. I probably eat faaarrrrrrrr too much. I really need to trim back my portion size.
I'm not going to be too hard on myself - it's hard to organise perfectly balanced and portioned meals for myself when I'm working full time and looking after a house and 2 kids. At the same time - yup it's my fault and I really need to pull my finger out.. One day.
Energy in vs energy out might be true so long as the energy in isn't overloaded by sugar.
Not all calories are equal.
But if you stay away from processed food, soft drinks and fruit juices then you'll be fine!!
The hard part is changing people's habits. Ban on advertising of crap food; plain packaging and warning labels for soft drink, chips, lollies, etc (like cigarettes); radio/TV campaigns on healthy eating; education in schools; state sponsored healthy cooking classes and/or TV shows (?); nutritional panels on alcohol products (same as food)...
Ha - I'd love to work in this field. I haven't been this passionate about anything in a long time. (Aside from DP and DD of course 😋).
My mum was seeing a nutritionist back in the 90s and she was totally advised to have orange juice in the morning... That was supposed to count for a piece of fruit!
It's really the U.S. that need to reign in their big food companies but politicians shy away from it as there's big dollars involved.
So it needs to come from citizens, put the pressure back onto their politicians.
I will write to my local MP and ask what's being done to protect our kids here.
We could start with a ban on food advertising when kids are in front of the TV. Advertising is nasty especially on young brains.
The US can't control how Australia allows branding and labeling.
This is a link regarding the Surgeon General's report on the States problem with obesity and getting the government involved, we already have a few government initiatives to try and change the culture. The CDC (center for disease control) also has initiatives to help fight childhood obesity.
Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 14-10-2015 at 16:35.
I know the U.S. Can't control the labelling here but they won't be able to export to Australia the cr@p the stop producing 😉
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