US News Reports on Food Industry Intentions

I recent US News report by Adam Voiland stresses that you have to be careful with both the way food is marketed and the claims on food labels. It is clear America has the greatest obesity problem in its history. Diabetes is going up at alarming rates. The number of those who are both very obese and those I call colossally obese have risen by factors of ten.

There are facts that contribute to these factors; no longer mandatory to take physical education (aka PE) in public schools, significant family role changes (more parents are unavailable to oversee that kids are outside playing). Most families view ‘chores’ as less necessary than in past generations. Additionally, more defined neurotic conditions with parents, children and pets interfere with physical activities.  Previously, school lunches were the main source of dietary intake during school months.  There was no time to ingest chocolate bars and sugared sodas. When these kids would arrive home, they would eat healthier food prepared from fresh produce. At least one parent that did not work and could make meals.

Now beverage and candy companies are placing highly caloric foods in vending machines, strategically in more areas around each school property.  Fast-food locations have increased by factors of ten. Each fast food chain offers food that has a long shelf life and little consideration for health.  Parents are too busy to prepare nutritious dinners during the week. Also, the invention of microwave ovens were as much a psychological break-point for an entire generation, as well as a device of convenience.  Instant satisfaction meals have become more commonplace in every household. In turn, this familiar idea of a fast meal has added to the expectations of every parent to make something for dinner.  Nutrition is no longer a consideration in daily life.

In addition to my idea, this article makes some very informative points. It lists the 10 Things the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

1. Junk food makers spend billions advertising unhealthy foods to kids.
2. The studies that food producers support tend to minimize health concerns associated with their products.
3. Junk food makers donate large sums of money to professional nutrition associations.
4. More processing means more profits, but typically makes the food less healthy.
5. Less-processed foods are generally more satiating than their highly processed counterparts.
6. Many supposedly healthy replacement foods are hardly healthier than the foods they replace.
7. A health claim on the label doesn’t necessarily make a food healthy.
8. Food industry pressure has made nutritional guidelines confusing.
9. The food industry funds front groups that fight anti-obesity public health initiatives.
10. The food industry works aggressively to discredit its critics.

Let me know what you think, and if you think it is possible to alter your routine to make better meals for yourself and your family.

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