Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

What is happening to America?

Did you know that currently there are more than 35% of all women overweight in the United States and over 28% of all males? This is obviously a big problem, but does anyone really know how it came to be? There are obviously many things that account to this problem, but one huge factor is FOOD. Food is everywhere, and overtime, it has been connected with our emotions. People eat when they are happy, they eat when they are sad, and keep continuing to eat. Eating isn’t bad, but healthy options need to be made. American’s are Americanizing food everywhere making it unhealthier with bigger portions. One example is a gyro. Many people know this food to be filled with tons of meat, a few vegetables, and the authentic yogurt sauce, but is that really what a gyro is? NO! If any of you have ever been to Greece, their gyro is not based on the huge portions of meat, but rather the variety of vegetables with meat as an accent. What does this tell you? It shows that even a food from Greece that restaurants are calling a gyro changes when it enters America. I know I only talked about a gyro, but many other foods are the same way. We are changing portion sizes and making things out of control. This needs to be stopped!

Torie Nicholas

  1. America has always been about “Bigger is Better”. That’s what the country was built on; it’s what makes us the world power that we are.
    That being said, I honestly think that people think – especially when dining out – that if you get lots of food that’s a good thing – even if the food is mediocre.
    Not sure what to do about it. But with the trend toward tasitng menus in fancier places, perhaps this will trickle down to the chains eventually.

  2. I agree with Rita to some extent.
    We have a bountiful country if we don’t sell out to the Monsantos. We put a lot of emphasis on food, advertising food, eating food, dining, food on TV as in an entire network. Food is social. Food is business. Food is cultural. Food is emotional.

    But the most important thing is that most of us don’t exercise. People spend a lot of time playing video games, watching TV, and surfing the web.

    People who exercise regularly, generally weigh less and have a better metabolism. They’re more active instead of actively eating food.

    Another thing that contributes to overweight is also the sugar free and fat free products. They still have calories and people thing because they are eating fat free yogurt that they can have a triple helping and it’s no big deal. Just because the cookies are using Splenda instead of sugar doesn’t mean that they are home free. I think that’s a big problem.

  3. Exercise? Yes! Smaller portions? Yes! We need to do both.

    Many of us lack the discipline it takes to stay thin because we are overworked and tired at the end of the day and it is easier to get energy from snacks and eating out than making healthy meals at home.

    If we only eat smaller portions, without exercising, as we get older we lose muscle mass and have to eat less calories to maintain our weight (because muscle burns more calories than fat).

    Few of us have the time and willpower to exercise to the intensity it would take to burn off the calories from the large portion sizes these days.

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