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Sugar in soda pop is no more fattening than any other carb, eg fruit, bread, milk, fruit juices like apple juice and orange juice. Nevertheless, it's not a "public health" issue, it's an individual choice issue. I like that light brown granulated sugar in my coffee.
It seems to me that the increase in obesity rates came at about the same time the govvernment redid their food pyramid and put grains as the largest portion of our diets. There was a huge spike in the 80's to "carb load" before exercise and I think that carried over into our regular diets. But of course what is the governments response to this? Michelle's Let's Move initiative in the schools is to cut fat and sugar and protein, thus adding more calories from carbs. Hm, does anyone else see a problem with this?
Also, when the government told people eggs, bacon and butter were bad for you. All food is fine in moderation. I wish they'd stop creating food pyramids and indoctrinating kids about how horrible fats & meats are for you. Protein is what makes you feel satiated. Fat makes you feel satisfied.
There is nothing wrong with consuming fats nor meats.
What I find funny is that if you look at an old menu from the 60s or 70s the 'diet plate' is a hamburger patty without a bun with a bit of lettuce and tomato on the side. Cottage cheese with a canned peach on top of it was also a restaurant 'diet' staple. Notice NO carbs in either of these meals? People knew breads and starches were fattening back then...until the government got involved.
I just read that a Johns Hopkins doctor has written a paper about how the flu shot has never been proven to prevent the flu. I have always been suspicious of the flu shot, and have never gotten one. What a racket.
Similarly, i question whether being fat is that bad for you. My grandmother was very fat and lived into her nineties. My mother was very skinny and lived into her nineties.
The flu shot, and skinny = healthy, and climate change: all urban myths in my opinion.
I fully support anyone who chooses to not get a flu shot. It is not the same thing as the shots we give our children to prevent the serious childhood diseases. But it is naive at best to say flu shots don't work or to imply that somehow the flu shot is useless and it's all a racket. Flu in a good year kills 30,000 or so people right here in the U.S. In a bad year that number could double, triple or even exceed a couple hundred thousand people. Flu is serious and your best bet to not be one of those 30,000 or so deaths is the flu shot. Is it perfect? No and for a number of well understood and clearly explainable reasons but certainly NOT because it is a scam. Don't get the flu shot if that is your choice but don't advise others to not get it and especially with false claims.
There was a time that coffee was bad for you; it's gone from bad to terrific because it was discovered that it's loaded with antioxidants; margarine was much healthier than butter, and we know where that went; and eggs should be limited to a couple a week. I ignored all those warnings because they just didn't make sense. Moderation in everything, including moderation.
The increase in the obesity rates happened overnight and not from carb loading or anything we ate. In 1998 the health community adopted the BMI (body mass index) as a measurement of body fat and obesity. The cutoff for obesity was arbitrarily set at BMI 30. Overnight people who had fairly normal weights and looked pretty good were labeled obese. Mariah Carey is "obese" based on this scale and ask any of your male friends if they think Mariah is obese! Your food doesn't make you obese. Grains and sugar and carbs don't make you obese. It is your genetics, pure and simple. Your parents make you obese. If you want to be think pick thinner parents.
Look at it a different way and you will see the foolishness of this arguement: 20% of Americans are obese. This means 80% aren't. We all eat the same American diet and yet 80% somehow failed to live up to the inflated expectations. How could that be? If fat or grains or carbs makes you obese why in the hell are these 80% proving it all wrong???
What we have here is a phony pseudo-scientific theory (much like AGW) that has been trumped up to support some special interest groups. Every time you buy into this obesity epidemic meme you feed into the phony story.