I’m Bummed. 40% of U.S. Women Are Now Obese.
Given the trends of the past decade or so, perhaps I should’ve seen this coming. Perhaps we all should’ve seen this coming. But still, when I read this headline recently I was shocked. Not to mention totally bummed out.
Because let’s be clear, “obese” does not mean a few pounds over your ideal weight. It means a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater. And like the medical community keeps telling us, this is when some very real health risks kick in. Health risks like diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart attack, and cancer.
This is not good, people! We need to turn this train around.
Researchers don’t seem to know why the obesity rate is so high among women in particular (though at 35%, men aren’t far behind). But a lot of experts agree that one important contributor to obesity is the excess consumption of sugar and carbs.
And I don’t know about you but I think we have to blame that, at least to some degree, on the food industry. Here at nush we’ve jokingly referred to it as the Sugar-and-Carb-Industrial-Complex. These are the food manufacturers who add sugar to foods that were never meant to be sweets. Who’ve created addictive snacks that don’t really do anything for us in terms of nutrition. Who aggressively market these foods and drinks to our kids. Which really ticks me off.
Yes, we consumers need to change our habits. We need to read the labels. And we need to make better choices. But it sure would be nice if we had more good choices to make when we go to the grocery store.
That’s why this excerpt from an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), caught my eye. They were talking about this latest statistic, the fact that 40% of American women are now obese. “The food and restaurant industries may be the sector of society with the greatest potential to affect the obesity epidemic in a reasonable time frame,” the editorial said. “These industries have been good at developing and successfully marketing unhealthy foods; perhaps it will be possible for them to develop and market healthy foods.” (Italics mine!)
That, in a nutshell, is why I started nush foods. And this is my official notice to the American Medical Association, that the efforts they’re calling for are underway. Right here at nush.
Here’s more in-depth coverage of the current obesity rates among U.S. women.