Wednesday, January 16, 2013

More than 1/3 of the US is OBESE

So we've made it past the half-way mark in our "no spend month." So far so good, Seth even ate Lentils! This has been a great experience for both of us and here's a couple of reasons why:

1. Saved $ on groceries!
(Definitely a PLUS!)

2. Ate less unnecessary snacks.
(We both conserved our food and asked, "do I really need this?" before we ate.)

3. Had more time to cook and less time spent in the grocery store.
(I've had so much more time to prepare food, because I haven't gone to the grocery store 2-3/week)

4. Seth and ate more meals together.
(He tried most of my creations like lentil burgers, roasted garbanzo beans, Chocolate Almond Oat Bars etc.)

5. Ate more locally grown produce.
(Farmers Markets help you support local agriculture and it's more affordable than the grocery store. You know you're getting high quality produce and where it comes from. This is my favorite Sunday morning activity in spite of it being 30 degrees last Sunday. Brr!)

All of these things lead to me another point. The way our country thinks about food needs to be reevaluated. I'm not pointing the finger at anyone, but I'm saying that every single American needs to really think about what they are eating before they put it in their mouth. Let's talk about some the statistics found here:

-61% of obese children aged 5–10 years have one or more risk factors for heart disease,
and 27% have two or more.

-1 in every 3 adults is obese

-Almost 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese (BMI ≥ 95th percentile of the
CDC growth chart)   

This numbers are staggering, and they are 3 years old, these numbers have increased since then. There's not 1 solution that will fix our food dilemma, but educating yourself and your family about eating whole foods and may save your life and theirs.

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Have a healthy day!

1 comment:

  1. For Lentil Burger visit:

    For Roasted Garbanzo Beans:

    Chocolate Almond Oat Bars:
    Coming soon in a post