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Miracle Foods: American Culture Trend Towards Obesity

Lets face it. More and more children are getting overweight, and some morbidly obese. The American culture is built on a very strong relationship with food. Regardless of its nature or cause, children are following parents habits of eating and tend towards being overweight themselves. Less and less physical activities is required from them in the educational system because of budgetary cuts, and these kids find themselves headed back home at the end of the school day to find themselves in front of TV or computer with fatty snacks in front of them. Now where is the problem here? Its EVERYTHING.

Phys.Ed is bei8ng slashed by school principle because the county or the state requires better grades from their school district the physical education classes are being replaced by extra prep class for SAT. Yes, we might have smarter kids but what about their health? Bad habits are implemented early in life and if we present them with alternate choices to being healthy, these kids will strive for better grades but will forget the engine that drives themselves to a successful life: Their bodies.

You can be the smarter person on earth but how good are you if you can barely get out of bed because of several hundred pounds of fat dragging you down. Where is the logic there? You don’t need a IQ passed 100 to understand that concept.

Needless to say, our kids are our future, however, what kind of future is America facing in the next decade? Previously, we discussed relationship with food, and for many, this intimate relationship is more then the basic need for food to survive. Many uses food as a tool to comfort their mood when something horrible happens, and feel like their issues might go away or appease their stress level. Unfortunately for them, the type of food that does just that is not really nutritious, hence, has high fat content that increases blood pressure or high cholesterol. This comfort food is constantly used when ordeal arise in their lives, so the vicious cycle begins and literally never ends. It because a downward spiral to the abyss of obesity.

Some might escape it by taking back control of their lives and appear on TV on the Biggest Loser, and others have a great support system that allows them to eliminate the need to eat junk food and replace it by the need to exercise and eat healthy.

Obviously, everyone who is on the path to lose weight should have one primary asset in common, and it is called self control. We all get invited to dinner, either in or out of house, temptation is high when presented with fatty food and dessert. Do not get offended because you are being presented with these dessert because not everyone should be on a diet because you are. Everyone lives their own lives and this is why you always need to eat at home healthy prior to going out anywhere. Yes, you might think it is counter productive of eating at home prior to eating out. But just think about it for a minute. You heard before to never go at a grocery store when you are hungry because you end up buying the wrong foods and in larger quantities. Your eyes get to be bigger then your stomach so you pig out with the wrong foods. So use that same logic when you go out at restaurant in the company of friends. The key is to spend time with friends and NOT with the food right? So there is nothing wrong to show up not needing to eat that unhealthy food. A salad will do right? I always did that myself during my losing weight process. I ate before going out which made it easier to look at food that wasn’t heavy in starch or carbohydrates and just looked at lighter food because my stomach was already full. So, as per my title, is it really “Miracle foods” or should it be “Miracle strategies”?

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