Whatever the U.S. is Doing… It Ain’t Workin’!

The following information was posted recently on the Fooducate blog.
1. Adult obesity rates rose in 16 states over the past year. NOT EVEN ONE state decreased.
2. Twelve states, led by the southeast, now have obesity rates above 30 percent: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

3. Just 4 years ago, one state was above 30%.

4. Obesity rates exceed 25% in more than two-thirds of states (38 states).

5. Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity at 34.4%.

6. Colorado had the lowest rate at 19.8% . It is the only state with a rate below 20% (but next year will probably be above)

7. Adult diabetes rates increased in 11 states and Washington, D.C. in the past year. In eight states, more than 10% of adults now have type 2 diabetes.
We can’t pinpoint with total accuracy what the main offender is behind this alarming increase in obesity and disease – there are too many variables – but one thing is clear to me: whatever the U.S. is doing, do the opposite.
So what does a standard American diet (commonly referred to as SAD) look like:
- fast food

- processed food

- sugary soft drinks

- lots of carbs and sugar

- vegetable oils (corn, soy, canola, margarine) or low fat

- trans fat

Here in Israel, obesity rates are still much lower than in the States, but you just have to take a walk down any street to see that they are climbing rapidly.

When I arrived in Israel in 1980, there was almost nothing in the way of ready meals. People cooked. Supermarkets have changed considerably since then (Tivol, Namess B’kos, Mama Off etc.), and it isn’t a change for the better. Israel and the rest of the world are importing American products and American ideas about nutrition. How is that working out? Hmmm… Not so good.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not looking to mainstream America for my information on diet.

Food pyramid anyone?

This post is linked to Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday blog carnival.


Jacqueline said...

I want to first thank you for posting this info. I say exactly the same thing and sharing a similiar geographic location and seeing when people are eating REAL foods (and that includes traditional fats) there is much less obesity, I really concur with everything you wrote. Thank you SO much for bringing all of this to light. It's nice to have someone call a spade a spade.
Thanks also for stopping by The Organic Blonde and participating in the Hot Momma Hop. We'd love to see you again and have you share your wisdom.

Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food said...

Thanks for the kind words. Where are you located, Jacqueline?

The sad thing is that where America goes - foodwise - the rest of the world slowly follows. I'm sure an improvement in the States would resonate all over.

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