Thursday, April 23, 2015

Obesity Rates Skyrocketing

    Every since the mid-1980's, the obesity rates in the United States has had a drastic increase in the amount of overweight people, and not only adults; children are also becoming bigger. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, in 2009–2010, 1/3 of all children aged 6-19 were overweight or obese, and 2/3 of adults 20+ were overweight or obese. 

     In the past, our primary solution to this problem was to "eat less, exercise more" and has seemed to work for us, nowadays that doesn't seem to be working. Many citizens are puzzled as to why this doesn't seem to be working anymore, because they always are buying "healthier" alternatives and exercising more frequently. The answer is not entirely their initiative, some of the problem is actually the food they're putting into their body. Let's look at some of these nutrition labels.

     As you can see, the sugar content in one package of granola bars is 12g of sugar, or 3 teaspoons, Incase you didn't know, the daily amount of sugar a regular human is supposed to eat is around 50 grams of sugar per day. In those two thins, 17% of your daily amount of sugar exists, does that seem like it should take up about 1/5 of your sweets? Yet these thins are supposed to be "healthier" for you; and let's not even mention Coca-Cola, in one can of the stuff, there's 40 grams of sugar, that's 80% of your recommended dose. Long story short, just eat your vegetables.