Posts Tagged ‘fast food facts’
Instead of Calories, Scientists Claim Chemicals are the Reasons behind Obesity
Friday, August 13th, 2010
I would like to share an article from Wall Street Journal reporter Allysia Finley regarding the real cause of obesity. Some people always blame calories for everthing, however, scientists recently discovered that chemicals like phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) might be the ultimate criminals responsible for making us fat. Phthalates are largely used in medical tubing, make-up and PVC piping; and BPA is often can often be found in bottles and food containers.
Weight-loss crazes are as American as apple pieâ€”make that Slim Fast shakes. But despite our countless diet fads, the obesity rate has more than doubled in the last 30 years. Perhaps that’s because Americans haven’t tried “The New American Diet,” which promises to reveal “why your weight isn’t your fault” and reverse “the obesogen effect.” Haven’t heard of the “obesogen effect”? You will soon enough.
As authors of “The New American Diet,” Stephen Perrine and Heather Hurlock are among a growing number of health gurus who blame America’s ballooning on “obesogenic” foods that masquerade as healthy. They don’t mean reduced-sugar Cocoa Puffs. Fruits, chicken breasts, canned vegetables, milk and other seemingly wholesome foods, they claim, contain insidious “obesogenic” pesticides and plastics that alter hormones and cause our bodies to store more fat. Their weight-loss secret? Eat organic “obesogen-free” food.
Some Parents Very Unhappy About McDonald's Being Blamed for Increase in Childhood Obesity
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Here is a blog post written by Katie Loud from http://zeldalily.com/, discussing the recent attacks on McDonald’s for contributing to an increase in childhood obesity. Loud, a mother of two, believes McDonald’s is not to blame and that there should be more parental responsibility. She shares her experience of making food choices for her children and admits she occasionally allows them to have a Happy Meal.
Loud strongly believes that less focus should be placed on fast food chains and more on increasing physical activity of children. “You know, I canâ€™t help but feel that the focus is on the path of least resistance here. Itâ€™s a lot easier toÂ point the finger at Mickey Dâ€™s or BK for foisting junk food on our children, but I very strongly believe that the bigger emphasis should be onÂ increasing physical activity,” Loud said.
Iâ€™m the first to admit that the trip to McDonaldâ€™s for a Happy Meal has been a not uncommon experience for both of my daughters. Iâ€™m very well aware that they are not the most nutritionally sound dinner options, but once in a while the little flimsy cardboard box containing McNuggets, fries, and a toy is just the way to go. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, however, is coming down hard on Happy Meals, taking the fast food giant to task for â€śpredatory marketing practicesâ€ť by using cheap plastic toys to get kids eating fatty junk.
Californiaâ€™s Santa Clara County has already taken the first step, actually banning toys from the Happy Meal package. This is in the name of combating childhood obesity,Â a cause that First Lady Michelle Obama has faced head on. As an increase in obesity rates continue, the fast food industry is facing growing pressure.