According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on the rise of obesity in the US, the facts tell the tale:
- Men between the ages of 40 and 49 were nearly 27 pounds heavier on average in 2002 compared with 1960.
- Men between the ages of 50 and 59 were nearly 28 pounds heavier on average in 2002 compared with 1960.
- Women aged 20-29 were nearly 29 pounds heavier on average in 2002 compared with 1960.
- Women aged 40-49 were about 25½ pounds heavier on average in 2002 compared with 1960.
- The average weight for a 10-year-old boy in 1963 was 74.2 pounds; by 2002 the average weight was nearly 85 pounds.
- A 15-year-old boy weighed 135.5 pounds on average in 1966; by 2002 the average weight of a boy that age increased to 150.3 pounds.
- The average weight for a 10-year-old girl in 1963 was 77.4 pounds; by 2002 the average weight was nearly 88 pounds.
- A 15-year-old girl weighed 124.2 pounds on average in 1966; by 2002 the average weight for a girl that age was 134.4 pounds.
We have now added ten years to this study and more pounds for every age group. Clothing sizes have increased to accommodate the new ‘average’ weights for every age group. According to The Economist: “The Economist finds that the average British size-14 pair of women’s trousers is today more than four inches wider at the waist than a size 14 in the 1970s, and over three inches wider at the hips. This means that today’s size 14 fits like a former size 18; a size 10 fits like an old size 14. The same “downsizing” has also happened in America where, to confuse matters further, a size 10 is equivalent to a British size 12 or 14, depending on the brand. As the average person’s weight has risen over the years, fashion firms have increased the measurements of their garments, partly in the belief that women feel better (and so are more likely to buy) if they can squeeze into their old size.”
Sometimes, we must literally be slapped in the face with the cold, hard facts before we wake up and do something about the problem we face. Unhealthy weights contribute to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and joint problems. Eating healthy is the standard for natural health. We control what foods we eat and what we feed our families. Getting the facts about our contaminated food supplies won’t help if we don’t take the action needed to make changes.
High fructose corn syrup has been highlighted as a main factor causing weight gain. Some companies now offer varieties of their products that do not contain HFCS. Next? People must push for the labeling of genetically modified foods. People can’t feed their families with good healthy foods if the ingredient labels lie to them.
The first steps to controlling spiraling weight gain is eliminating HFCS and GMO foods. Look for the ‘no HFCS’ on ketchup, salad dressings, processed foods and any product that contains a sweetener. Buy meat that has no hormones or antibiotics added. Free range eggs taste so much better that even children can tell the difference.
Good food costs a little more. However, Americans must begin to think of meat as a flavoring for dishes and not the main course. Good eggs cost more, but can be used to bake wholesome foods at home. Losing weight is never easy, but it will happen naturally when eating habits change.
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