McGangBang

We have a serious problem in this country.
I am not talking about the violence issue, gun control, hate filled “news” programs, or holier than thou based religion.
No…I am talking about obesity.
The thing with this epidemic is that we all know it’s there. Take a walk one day through a shopping mall and just count the number of overweight people you see (to make it more interesting, see how many you can count that have become so overweight they need a motorized wheelchair). To prove this point, I came into work early Monday and counted the people here at 6:50 AM. Out of a total of 12 people in the office 5 are overweight (myself included) and two are morbidly obese. That is 42% of the total being overweight, and within that 42% a full 40% morbidly obese. From the CDC website (www.cdc.gov), during the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
We all want to blame insurance companies and lawyers (and the president) for the rising health care costs in this country, but to be brutally honest its the unhealthy American public that cause these cost increases. “It’s my body and I can do and eat what I want!” you hear them say. That is true, but the fact is that you being unhealthy causes everyone to pay higher costs.
And that is just not right is it?
When you get new insurance now you have to answer basic questions regarding your health practices. This is not new. What is new is that they ask you now about health history (i.e. does cancer run in your family) and habits (i.e. do you smoke). These will now cause you to pay a higher premium, which I am personally in full agreement. They are going to start asking you for height and weight soon, to determine if you are considered overweight, obese, or morbidly obese, and the rates of your insurance will be reflected. I am also in agreement with this, even though I will end up paying more.
But here’s the rub … fast food is cheap. Usually the unhealthiest of foods are much cheaper than the healthy versions. This is why obesity rates are much higher in the poorer sections of the population. So now the poorest of us who already have no insurance will be burdened by higher insurance costs because they don’t have the ability to eat better (and before all the conservatives come flying at me with the argument that “they’ve” chosen their path in life, it’s not always the case. Remember, you are one layoff from being right there with the lower class. I learned that the hard way 2 years ago.).
So, while we know the problem, we are bombarded daily with easy, bad choices. On TV, on the radio, on billboards. The marketing is everywhere.
On TV last night I saw an ad for “Raisin Bran”. It was advertised as “take care of your heart by eating Raisin Bran cereal”.
Really?
Let’s look at the ingredients of Raisin Bran using the site http://blog.fooducate.com:
WHOLE WHEAT, RAISINS, WHEAT BRAN, SUGAR, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, MALT FLAVORING, VITAMINS AND MINERALS: NIACINAMIDE, REDUCED IRON, ZINC OXIDE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B12 AND VITAMIN D.
See the problem?
Fiber at 7 grams is pretty good at almost 30% of the daily minimum. Sugar is at 19 grams and that is a lot. It’s just under 5 teaspoon’s worth. For comparison, sugary kids’ cereals such as Froot Loops contain only 12 grams. But is it the raisins? Raisins are considered a decent source of sugar because of the beneficial fiber and other nutrients from the dried grape. But how much fiber comes from the raisins? And how much sugar is added to the cereal? Math time. A serving of Raisin bran is 2.1 ounces. Each ounce contains approximately 15 raisins, or 30 raisins per serving. According to the USDA, 50 raisins provide just 1 gram of fiber and contain 15 grams of sugar. So the thirty raisins in your bowl are 9 grams of sugar (2 teaspoons equivalent) and less than 1 gram of fiber. They have added 3 teaspoons of sugar to every serving, and this in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup, probably the worst thing you could put into your gullet.
Heart healthy?
Really?
Now the genius minds at food companies are going to make it better right?
There was an article a few days ago in the local Tampa free paper about how you can change orders at fast food restaurants to make already bad food even worse. Want a Big Mac (550 calories) but an extra part and one more bread slab? Sure. Just ask. Double Whopper with Cheese (990 calories) just not enough to satisfy? Ask for a Triple Whopper with Extra Cheese. For full disclosure I used to eat two Double Whopper with Cheese sandwiches, Large Fries, and Large Coke without breaking a sweat. But my weight was because of my thyroid cancer. Yeah … that’s the ticket.



Mmmm. Snickers.


Not only can you get added crap to the crap food, we can now get crap food deep fried! Snickers bar is deep fry that son of a bitch! Krispy Kreme donuts aren’t just for breakfast! Let’s throw it on a grill and added a greasy burger to it!! Croissant? No way man!! Lets turn it into a monstrosity called a cronut!! People will stand in line for three hours for that! They will break down sobbing when we run out too!! (Note: The Cronut story actually happened a few days ago in New York. And supposedly New Yorkers are more sophisticated than us dumb southerners. Right.)

Anyone that can look at these items and actually think they look appetizing has serious issues. I am sorry if that hurts feelings but it’s true. They look gross. I wouldn’t eat this crap if Zooey Deschanel served it to me in nothing but an apron. What will it take for the people in this country to finally “get” that these companies are using us for profit at the expense of our health? We complain about the cost of healthcare while shoving deep fried candy bars into our pie holes. When the First Lady actually tries to get involved, Big Food quited her immediately. Have you heard anything recently about her work with physical fitness and health?? We convince the schools to get rid of soda and they replace it with fruit juices, which have more sugar than their soda counter parts! Parents, as a reward for eating all the bad food they are served for dinner, give their kids more sugar for dessert.    

It makes my head hurt!

One thought on “McGangBang

  • July 5, 2013 at 6:32 pm
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    LOL…I looked at the deep fried snickers and immediately thought “GROSS”! It looks like a turd. And you're right about the cost of health insurance. I mentioned it on Vinnie's podcast that aired today 🙂

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