- chips: out, too much fat, too much salt
- fries: out, too much fat, too much salt
- sausage: out, too much fat, too much salt
- fast food in general: out, too much fat, too much salt
- salted nuts: out, too much salt
- canned goods: out, too much salt
- most cereals: out, too much salt
- bottled salad dressings: out, too much salt
- sports drinks: out, too much salt
- pre-packaged salads: out, too much salt in the dressing
- frozen meals: out, too much salt
- packaged snacks: out, too much salt
- packaged noodles: out, too much salt
The American diet is so unhealthy that even one serving is enough to negatively impact health: Study shows just one Egg McMuffin breakfast has adverse effect on arterial blood flow (via Ishabaka)
I have written extensively on health, fitness, diet and diabesity over the years:
Is Obesity an Inflammatory Response? (September 21, 2005)
The American Diet: Manufacturing Ill Health (April 25, 2007)
Food For Thought (May 9, 2009)
More Food for Thought: What's Behind the Obesity Epidemic? (May 13, 2009)
Staying Fit (at almost any) Age (January 25, 2011)
This Nation's Devolution from Quality to Convenience (January 4, 2010)
Why "Healthcare Reform" Is Not Reform, Part I (December 28, 2009)
Why "Healthcare Reform" Is Not Reform, Part II (December 29, 2009)
The third disconnect is our cultural avoidance of the psychological and spiritual hunger that drives self-destructive overconsumption. Nina, proprietor of the insightful blog Deep Into Art Life West sent me a link to Charles Eisenstein's provocative essay Reuniting the Self: Autoimmunity, Obesity, and the Ecology of Health (Part 2)
All the individual is aware of is a hunger, a need for something more. The fact that obese people often eat when they are not physically hungry offers a clue to what is going on. Indeed, they are hungry -- they just aren't hungry for food. They are hungry for connection.Food is the most tangible, direct confirmation of our connection to a living universe that loves us. On a primal biological level, the act of eating tells us, "I exist" and "I am loved." Indeed, food is the most basic expression of love, a token of intimacy, of bringing an outsider into the realm of self. That is why it is customary in most countries to offer food to a guest, and why it is rude to refuse it. To feed another is, in this sense, an intimate act, an opening of the sacred boundaries of self.
When, as today, this intimate act has become a subject of commerce, and food a commodity, the entire food system reeks of obscenity.
This identifies something causally profound that is never addressed in "research" into the diabesity epidemic because it requires questioning the entire atomized and empty consumerist Status Quo. The emptiness of American consumerism does not lend itself to quantification like measuring leptin levels. But it is the "monster Id" behind the Thanatos American diet.
The last part of the disconnect is the broken link between our worship of convenience and self-destruction. Wanting a pill to fix all our problems, wanting to drive everywhere, eliminating physical fitness from our schools, addictive sedentary digital games, the profitability of managing chronic "lifestyle" diseases--it's all connected:
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