Have you ever thought about what is causing our rising obesity epidemic? There is no particular person to blame except for our culture. Our culture is inclined to be structured and tailored to an “on the go” lifestyle, which is ultimately helping our obesity levels thrive.
Our culture is making things more and more accessible because of our structured lifestyle that it is getting to the point where we do not even have to walk to get around. What started off as just public transportation, which is certainly a necessary aspect of our daily lives, has turned into segways and hoverboards, drive-thrus, and we’re on the verge of being able to purchase self-driving cars! Driving is already simplifying walking for us, but once we do not even have to drive anymore, what are we going to have to do for ourselves?
Another role our society is playing in to help promote our obesity levels is by allowing processed food chains and products to be advertised with celebrity role models to promote products like Coca-Cola, cereal, candy, and several other processed foods.
Meanwhile, when Barack Obama took office, his wife Michelle tried to make a change in our cultural eating habits by targeting children and adolescents by establishing a “Let’s Move” campaign. Although her intentions were to decrease obesity levels, she promoted false information that can be detrimental to one’s health. She made the mistake of promoting the consumption of nonfat and lowfat products in order to help lose weight, however, nonfat products are countered by the addition of sugar, which in turn will turn into fat and can actually be worse for your health. According to Michael Moss, an accredited author of numerous food publications, food consumption is more important than exercise. Although exercising is important, food consumption is the key to living a healthy lifestyle no matter how much one works out. There will always be an option to choose a nonfat or lowfat product over the norm, but it is not necessarily going to be a better choice.