Whether we are strolling across the Brooklyn Bridge or hanging out in our hometown of Portland, one thing these cities have in common is people with weight problems. And of course it’s not just these two places, it’s all across America. Our fine country now ranks number one in the world for having the fattest citizens! I don’t know about you, but I am ashamed this is who we have become.
Our fast-food nation has also led to America becoming ground zero for chronic illness, pain, mental health and addiction problems, and a lot of misery. Even sadder is that corporate America is normalizing such outcomes by creating entire industries built upon managing chronic illness as something we should accept now as part of life. How crazy is this?
There is no shortage of films, books and diets dedicated to our country’s health problems. And despite everything out there, we continue dying a slow death! This blog was motivated by our trips to New York to see a special doctor for our son related to growth issues. We have now realized that while we put so much into his medical care – like traveling from Portland to New York every three months – we have been failing in the fundamental task of filling his body with healthy food. Why? Because if you live in America you don’t stand a chance against the corporations that know how to sell you the food they manufacture, fortified with corn syrup, chemicals, and artificial everything.
Perhaps the best place to learn more about how we have become the fattest nation in the world is checking out the free materials at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. In one presentation you will see how Coke Cola at one time marketed their products in baby bottles! While food manufacturers have made billions selling lies, we have paid a dear price for their wealth by giving up our health.
So what to do about this gargantuan national health problem? Really, the answer is not so difficult; it’s implementation that’s the real problem! The movie Forks Over Knives did a great job of summarizing an evidence-based solution, which is a whole-food plant-based diet. While quite a motivating film, I know a number of people who have seen it and continue eating poorly, knowing they are dying a slow death.
Change is not easy. Life is not easy. Every day we make choices that impact the quality of our life. Every day we vote with our time, dollars and life energy. The image today of the Brooklyn Bridge is a reminder that there are bridges all around us, yet in the end, we have to decide which ones to cross.