Saturday, August 30, 2008

# food # issues

Eat healthier, not cheaper

The obesity rate in America has gotten worse every year. According to the report, the five fattest states and their obesity rates are Mississippi (31.7 percent), West Virginia (30.6 percent), Alabama (30.1 percent), Louisiana (29.5 percent) and South Carolina (29.2 percent). The five slimmest states are Colorado (18.4 percent), Hawaii (20.7 percent), Connecticut (20.8 percent), Massachusetts (20.9 percent), and Vermont (21.1 percent).

But wait, it's not just America. According to the news, that the rapid modernization of China and other Asian countries has produced an alarming spike in the rate of obesity and diabetes.

Why is this happening? Is it because junk foods are cheaper than healthy foods?

Junk foods are not just the chips, the soda or the food from McDonald's. Foods that are instant and the foods that can be eaten just by microwaving it are also considered as junks!

I wonder how will the World Health Organization deal with this problem. I read an article before that they will lessen the number of fast foods in America. I think doing that would just create tension.

What do you think would be the best thing to do about this problem?

I doubt that the campaign of Japan against obesity will work here in America even if it sounds good. Under the national law in Japan,companies and local governments must measure the waistline of Japanese people between the ages of 40 and 74 as part of their annual checkups-the waistline should not exceed 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women. Crazy eh?

How will you answer the survey?

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