September 26, 2011

Obedience, Obesity, and reality

Filed under: rants — unwriter1 @ 8:09 am
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Potatoes make children fat. Toys in McDonald’s happy meals cause child obesity. According to the FDA, potatoes make you fat. But then again, the sodium in bacon is bad for your cholesterol. Lettuce is bad because of the pesticide used to keep the bugs off. But you can’t wash it with tap water because there are bad things in that. According to FDA standards, 99% of what we eat is bad for you and the remaining 1% costs too much.

Let’s get real. Food does not cause obesity by itself. Granted it will make you fat, but moving around (it’s called exercise), works off what you ate. Why do children get fat from McDonald’s? Because they don’t play. Oh they play, but it’s video games. Their thumbs get a great workout. What happens when toys are taken out of happy meals? Do children eat nothing? Uh, it’s up to the parents where they eat and if it isn’t happy meals it is something else on the menu that is just as bad if not worse.

No, the problem is not what they eat or what we eat. The problem is that no one wants to move around. I’d tell a joke about a fat Irishman, but I don’t know any. I don’t think there are many since Irish potato farmers had to work hard to harvest their crops.

What about the rest of us? We get fat just like the kids, but without their energy level. McDonald’s addressed that by putting in play areas.  I for one hate sports, but a game of baseball or football for the kids works off whatever ‘fatstuff’ they ate.

I don’t know about everyone else but I think I am going to build a fire, using the FDA regulations as fuel. Then I am going to sit down with a book (remember those?), eat my French fries (well salted), and a few bacon cheeseburgers and wash it all down with tap water.



  1. I think obesity is often about choices. I can choose to eat at McDonald’s. I can choose to eat the triple burger with bacon and cheese. But I can also choose to eat healthy at other meals. Or choose to exercise that day. I can choose to have a free-for-all day and then be health conscious the rest of the week. Sometimes these choices take planning, but it can be done. I have 4 children, work, homeschool, and am very involved in church, yet we manage to eat home cooked meals most nights – made with fresh ingredients. That helps keep us from being obese.

    Now, as for what is good for you – who knows. It seems that everything causes everything. I figure I’m going to die of something, but I’ve determined that it won’t be of starvation.

    Comment by Teri B Clark — September 26, 2011 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  2. … it’s not the potatoes, or the bread, or the pasta… it’s what we put on them, and what we eat alongside them…

    Comment by Tanja Cilia — September 26, 2011 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  3. I totally agree. It’s not always what you eat, it’s when you eat it and what you do before and after you eat it. If you eat a large meal and then sit or lay down you are not using the energy acquired from the food so it turns to fat. This holds true of kids and adults.
    Kids play out-doors a lot less than when I was young. Then again, we didn’t have computers, x-box, game-boys, and most of my childhood we didn’t even own a TV.
    We got up early in the morning, did our chores, -feed cows, pigs, chickens, etc.- then we went in for breakfast. During the school year we got ready for school and during the summer months we worked the dairy all day and played in the fields around the house.
    Sometimes we went fishing or just skipping rocks. The point is we were never sitting behind a computer or TV playing video games. They weren’t invented yet.
    If we wanted to go somewhere we walked or rode our bikes.
    Come to think of it, we rarely ate out. We were lucky if we got eat at a restaurant once a week. All our meals came from the kitchen at home and they sure didn’t come from a cardboard box. They were made from scratch.
    For us, there was no need to go to a gym 3 times a week or to buy a treadmill, there was always plenty to do to keep you active.

    Comment by Pail Writer — September 27, 2011 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

    • I could not agree more! I remember that when I was young many years ago, I rode to school on my bike. I traveled some three miles or so. Then, it was out of necessity but after thinking about it now, it helped me in school by clearing my head before class and gave me the time to exercise each day before school. Today, society is so concerned about how to develop faster and more efficient communication is so important yet they don’t design exercise into that process. Exercise has someho been written out of the equation. If it worked why did we have to fix it?.

      Comment by Jerry — December 26, 2011 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

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