Don’t Call Us Fat!!
“We spend more money on weight loss plans than any other country, yet we are one of the heaviest. It’s time we admitted that we are not getting any healthier.”
According to data by Marketdata Enterprises, a market research firm that specializes in tracking niche industries, Americans spend north of $60 billion annually to try to lose pounds, on everything from paying for gym memberships and joining weight-loss programs to drinking diet soda.
The following are records of Americans’ eating habits, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Availability (Per Capita) Data System, or FADS, posted in 2010.
While the nation’s eating habits don’t change all that much from year to year, looking at them over 40 or more years shows some significant changes.
Broadly speaking, we eat a lot more than we used to; the average American consumed 2,481 calories a day in 2010, about 23% more than in 1970.
That’s more than most adults need to maintain their current weight, according to the Mayo Clinic’s calorie calculator. The mayo clinic estimates a 40-year-old man of average height and weight who’s moderately active, for instance, needs 2,400 calories; a 40-year-old woman with corresponding characteristics needs 1,850 calories.
Nearly half of those calories come from just two food groups: flours and grains (581 calories/ 23.4%) and these un-healthy fats and oils (575/ 23.2%). Fruits and vegetables have dropped from 9.2% in 1970 to 7.9% in 2010.
The average American consumes 36 pounds of cooking oils – more than three times as much as in the early 1970s. These cooking oils are not the healthy beneficial fats you will learn about in this program.
In a Pew Research Center’s recent survey on food and nutrition attitudes, 54% of Americans said people in the U.S. pay more attention to eating healthy foods today compared with 20 years ago; however, the same percentage who said Americans’ actual eating habits are less healthy today than they were 20 years ago.
Furthermore, while 73% of Americans said they are focused on healthy and nutritious eating, 58% say that most days they probably should be eating healthier.
Where are we falling short? Is it education or awareness, I would say yes and yes. Though there is talk and education focused around health, it can be confusing with so many opinions and outlets that the average person can get overwhelmed and not know where to start.
As far as awareness, many aren’t sure what truly defines health or is an un-healthy state for them.
Un-healthy doesn’t start with diabetes, obesity, heart disease or cancers.
Un-healthy begins with more subtle gradual factors, like poor gut health, inflammation, fatigue, stress, over exhaustion, and bad eating habits.
Sticking to the basics like eating healthy fats, proteins, green veggies and moderate carbs and sweets is wonderful first step.