Posts tagged ‘obesity’

On the Flip Side-Food Insecurity

End of Hunger in USAs a student of health and nutrition and a reader of all related media, I am constantly bombarded with the topic of Obesity (As I’m sure you are, too!). Americans are fat! Obesity is the cause of skyrocketing healthcare costs! We eat too much. Soda is the devil. Exercise more. And on and on and on.

And yes, while the above may be true, and while Obesity is a very serious epidemic we are facing, there is also a different side of the story. It shocked me, quite honestly, as I’ve been wrapped up in news of “excess” lately.

A report came out today that shows that nearly 15% of household’s don’t get enough to eat (aka “Food Insecure”). That equals about 1 in 7 Americans who find themselves under-fed on a regular basis, and more than 1/3 go hungry from time to time. These levels are the higest reported since 1995.

More specifically, 14.6% of US Households (about 49.1 million people….million!) had difficulty providing adequate food for their families due to “lack of resources.” According to experts, these families utililized food pantries, antihunger programs, and varied diets.  About 5.6%, or 17.4 million people, had “very low food security,” meaning certain members of the household had less to eat than other members. According to the report, typically these households experience a food shortage for a few days for about seven or eight months.

These findings represent 2008, when the economy was in a major crisis and the rate of jobless increased past 10%. Indeed, it was a tough time for MANY people (and still continues to be). The survey, publushed by the Agriculture Department (USDA) and conducted annually in December, also found that these numbers were higher than in 2007.

Just take that in for a moment. Breathe. That amidst all the hubbub surrounding the war agsinst Obesity there are MILLIONS of people going hungry each day. So what to do? Just be aware. Perhaps this holiday season will give us the opportunity to donate to those less fortunate, or volunteer for a helping organization.

November 16, 2009 at 7:26 pm Leave a comment

Friday Nibbles

Here we are again. Another Friday…why is time passing WAYYYY too quickly?

To those celebrating Rosh Hashana, Happy New Year!

As you know, eating healthy isn’t always easy. To make it more confusing, some foods may SEEM healthy but in reality are trainwrecks for your waistline.  Check out this list and see if you eat any of these “good for you” foods (which are just plain ol crap)

Continuing the trend, here are more seemingly healthy foods that really aren’t that healthy!

You know I love a good bacteria story since taking (and rocking!)  my microbiology class this summer. Check out the latest findings on where bacteria are lurking!  Oh, and on a side note: I learned yesterday that our body has approximately 100 trillion cells. And we have up to 4x as much BACTERIA in/on our body. Crazy!

Recent studies show that what you eat, and not necessarily your genetics, contribute more to obesity.

My favorite topic: sugar! More tips on how to cut it from your diet.

Have a great weekend!

September 18, 2009 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Labor Day Weekend Nibble’s

I hope you enjoy a nice LONG weekend! I’m heading to Cape Cod for a wedding, and I couldn’t be more excited. I haven’t been to the Cape since I was a little girl. I’m also excited for the road trip we have ahead of us, and the 17 hour music mix that Matt has expertly crafted. Matt, I know, is excited to eat his weight in lobster rolls and fried seafood, as I lovingly watch and cheer him on.

Here are this week’s links:

The American Heart Association made a public announcement telling people to cut their sugar intake. YES! (Yours truly has been sugar free for over 2 months now!!!)

New York is targeting the beverage industry as major contributors of sugar to our diet. Have you seen these ads?

Another drawback to obesity: you get dumber!

Stick to whole foods, and ignore the ridiculous claims on packaged goods. It’s all about the marketing!

Some great tips on how to cut the sugar out of your life.

And some tips on how to cut 100 calories out of your diet. It all adds up!

Another reason to downward dog-yoga can help your eating!

Do you know your stomach? I mean, really know it? Take this fun quiz and find out!

I swear there is something in the water, as many of my friends have become pregnant recently. While I’m not ready yet, I can still prepare my body for pregnancy

September 4, 2009 at 2:33 pm 2 comments

Friday’s Nibbles

A UK study was published this week saying that organic produce is no more nutritious than conventional produce.  OK, but what about pesticides? The impact on the environment? Supporting small farms? ‘

Marion Nestle’s wise words in response to the above study.

Oprah’s got issues. Do you? The lowdown on the thyroid.

Abuse? Neglect? I think it’s just plain ol’ sad.

In honor of my latest studies in microbiology, here’s an issue that affects us all.

Chilean salmon may sound fancy on a menu, but you may want to know what you’re actually eating before you order it.

Chlorine is for the pool, NOT for your carrots

If this gets you to eat less artificially colored food, then good.

The honeymoon is over…break out the fat pants!

July 31, 2009 at 1:44 pm 2 comments

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