The obesity pandemic is all that's talked these days. Since movies like Super Size Me and Food Inc first gave the warning on the big screen, there are news articles and research after research talking about obesity. In his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan talks about the corn problem in America, where all that is sweet comes from corn and it's dangerous sweetness. A recent report from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation And Development talks more about the obesity pandemic:
Since the 1980s, obesity has spread at an alarming rate. Changes in food supply and eating habits, combined with a dramatic fall in physical activity, have made obesity a global epidemic. Across OECD countries, one in 2 adults is currently overweight and 1 in 6 is obese. The rate of overweight people is projected to increase by a further 1% per year for the next 10 years in some countries.
What can you do about it? Well, if you don't already eat a wholesome diet full of fresh vegetables and fruits everyday, you should start now. If you already eat well, it's time to tell others how to do it: teach your kids, parents and friends how to eat well and avoid sugar and refined foods (cookies, chips, white bread, etc). Do a random act of kindness and tell a stranger at the grocery store who's going to reach for that sugary soda that there are better options, and that sugar -- especially from corn syrup -- is bad.
Obesity is not a virus that infects people. We can control it. All we need is better nutritional education. And education starts at home.