April 14, 2010

Jamie Oliver's food revolution has got me excited. Very excited. When you really break it down, America as a whole has a serious problem.  68% of American adults are overweight.  1 person in 3 is obese (thats 72 million people) Need I say more?  If being over weight was healthy, then by all means, but it's not. At all.  After smoking, obesity is America's biggest cause of premature death.

Whats worse is that our children are victims of obesity which is beyond preventable. (big boned, my butt!) 23 million American children are obese or overweight.  80% of these children will be obese their entire lives which means that today's children are predicted to be the first to die at a younger age than their parents  due to obesity related bad health.  This breaks my heart.  It is in our hands to prevent such "disease"- can you even call it that?  We, the adults, role models need to show our kids how to be healthy.  It is unrealistic to expect your children to eat healthy when you don't.  Its an awful cycle that we need to break NOW.

Now something possibly even scarier - school meals.  The problem is that schools don't have proper funding and training.  The nice folks who are providing our kids with lunch everyday are making lunches that are cheap, easy to make and can be made quickly.  They also want the kids to eat (what 8 yr. old doesn't want to eat french fries?)  Which equates to processed, unhealthy foods. For example, we want the kids to drink milk at school right? Sounds good.  Well, strawberry and chocolate milk isn't cutting it!  Listen to this; From the National Dairy Council- Flavoured milk contains 4 teaspoons of added sugar (thats 60 EXTRA calories) per "milk" serving and I'm not sure if you know that having a sugar addiction is a legitimate problem.  So, if we are shoving sugar in our kids mouths to get them to eat/drink we've begun the cycle on sugar addiction. Having a sweet tooth at such a young age isn't acceptable.  An easy solution- EAT FRUIT instead! Fruit is sweet and common sense says healthy.  Obviously it is hard to eliminate all sugars from a child's diet but it can be done.  Here are some great tips on how to do just that.

Click here for more facts via Jamie Oliver's sources.

We, American adults, have the power to turn our nation into a much healthier one if we are determined, which by God we should be.  The facts and statistics are scary beside the fact that don't you just feel better about yourself, inside and out when you're healthy? I know I do.

Oh, and if you haven't already signed the Food Revolution petition, please do.


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