Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Day 44-Nutritional Bite

Diets Around the World- United States
The average family in North Carolina spends $341.98 for weekly food expenditures. The American life expectancy is 77.8 years. Over the past two decades, the U .S. ranking in life expectancy has dropped from 11th to 42nd place worldwide. One-third of the adult population is obese, and an additional third is overweight. Health care professionals consider obesity-related Type 2 diabetes an epidemic. The obesity epidemic is associated with the American diet consisting of apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, french fries, potato chips, chocolate chip cookies, hamburgers, and hot dogs, etc.. These popular American foods where derived from immigrants. Frequent dining at fast food establishments, a sedentary lifestyle, and a 24% rise in caloric intake all contribute to the obesity epidemic.

Sugar Preacher's Experience
The food expenditure and food choice comparison between Chad and the U.S. is interesting. The contrast reflects the malnourishment of one country and the over-nourishment of another country. I am amazed at how much junk food we consume, and the small amount of food consumed by the family in Chad. I have a desire to eat less and waste less after studying diets around the world!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I work in the healthcare industry and I see first hand what morbid obesity can do to a person. I see young people 30-40 already in a nursing home due to the fact that they cannot get around by themselves due to obesity. It is very sad to see. Watch what you eat.