Monday, 16 March 2015
The Food and Fat Debate
Well I tend to argue it is not. Obesity is a symptom of the modern era, say in New Zealand in the past 30 years. Yes the proliferation of fast food outlets has grown in that time but other factors have also changed in that time which goes some way towards arguing it's not just food choices but also lifestyle choices.
Back in the early days, not every family owned a car, van or any other automobile and walking to bus stops and the likes was the norm. That changed when they started importing secondhand Japanese vehicles and they were more affordable. Suddenly it was easier to get around. In the process, exercising became less necessary and coupled with the food choices, obesity started to become a factor in the health equation.
The other factor would also have to be the argument that folks are better off money-wise these days and buying takeaways is easier. Tentative link but one nonetheless.
The fact remains society is just beginning to pay the full price for lifestyle choices. Don't blame the
In the end lifestyle choices are an individual thing, as with all issues, but if a country can fight to rid smoking, and eventually alcohol, then it can also make it's people look like supermodels in their old age, slim, attractive and fit.
Yes I eat all the food groups mentioned, maybe treat myself once a week. I also exercise at work so I burn calories. Yes I was overweight once, and yes I changed my lifestyle not just for a healthier life, but for personal satisfaction. I am still overweight (4 kilos) but it's a healthy overweight. Yes I sit at my PC for hours on end. But yes, I still work hard for 8 hours a day and that keeps the doctor at bay. Yes, if they taxed food outlets I'd still buy, knowing I'm not the problem. The problem is those that don't buy into a healthy lifestyle. And if you raise the Fat Gene Card i'd throw back at you that not all smokers or drinkers come from a hereditary line of similar people. Addiction is an individual thing.