I'm Losing Weight On 767 Calories A Day, Part III

What passes for school lunches has been a national scandal since the Reagan Administration classified ketchup as a vegetable in order to get around the serving requirements for healthy foods in educational institutions. In "Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World" Greg Critser divides the blame between industry and consumers. "Industry embarked on a policy of processing, price-cutting, and portion enlargement to sell in a competitive marketplace, while consumers demanded too much too fast to give producers of healthier foods a chance to compete."

Nowhere is this more evident than in our nation's schools. Most school cafeterias are awash with pizza, chips, soda, and nationally branded fast food franchises. What better place to educate our children about healthy alternatives to typical "fast food" than in our schools. Corporate America could help harried school administrators by using our nation's school cafeterias as a test bed for nutritious food that will appeal to our youth and to the rest of the nation.

The culture of obesity is a culture of improper choices, and when Americans choose unhealthy ways of feeding our families, opportunities arise for Corporate America to profit again. The long-term trend in healthcare is to treat obesity as a disease. Medicare now recognizes obesity as a treatable expense, allowing our tax dollars to fund billions of dollars for pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, hospitalization, doctor visits, and lost work productivity. This could be minimized by extensive preventative education, but sadly the profit in prevention pales in comparison to the profit opportunities of obesity treatment.

Automobile manufacturers have cashed in on the "super sizing" of the average American, by building high profit margin pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles that are comfortable for larger sized passengers. Even upscale clothing stores, once the bastion of the so-called "beautiful people," now have "Big and Tall" and "Women's Plus" sections for shopping convenience. I clearly remember how in my youth, a size 6 dress was the median. It's now up to a size 14! Some airlines have instituted the necessity to purchase two seats if you are considered "oversized baggage." Take-out food has become a mainstay of many Americans, supplanting the time and care once reserved for "quality family time." All of the additional expenditures to accommodate obesity require more disposable income, leading to hapless consumers caught up in a vicious cycle of stress, overeating, and expense.

The ability to mold our culture is one of our greatest assets as a nation. The fluid state of North American family culture is where the debilitating effects of obesity can be met head-on and reversed. Our present way of life has an inertia that is resistant to change, but it can be changed one person or family at a time. The cultural inertia experienced by the average American is a tendency for harm, not a preordained destiny. To seize the opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle is simple; all we need to do is think for ourselves.

The services and products offered by Corporate America are very necessary to our continued survival as the greatest nation on earth, but there must be a balance maintained between profit and social responsibility. Ultimately, each individual North American is responsible for the nutritional choices made and consumed; it is paramount to make these choices from an informed viewpoint. Today is a great day to walk or ride your bike to the library and see how to wrest your family back from mindless corporate control and throw down a challenge for Corporate America to provide healthier nutritional alternatives.

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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

Interesting that you bring up 'national standards' of health. I think most of it is a scam to make us dependent on health care and prescription drugs. The food regulations were a deciding factor when I quit running my child care. My standards of practice were enough different from the government regulations that it just wasn't worth the effort it took.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

There is no doubt that many national standards are criminal. The BMI is one of the greatest scams of all. I was watching football yesterday when I realized that most of the guys on the field would be termed as obese under the BMI! What a crock! Any standard of obesity which does not take into consideration body fat percentage is sheer nonsense. :)


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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

I would agree. Most things count me underweight, but they do not factor in my lifestyle, genetics or my health.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

UNDERweight! Yikes... it seems you don't even need that umbrella in your avatar to fly on a windy day, do ya? :)


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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

(: I carry rocks. :)


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I do too, but they're in my head! :)


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

I have enjoyed reading all three of your hubs on this subject, and you have inspired me to take back control of what I eat, though I don't think the seven hundred calories will be achievable but I will certain cut down on my portions. Thanks for the kick start and good luck I hope you keep on losing weight.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks and I wish you the best with your diet! I'm still holding on and I'm VERY curiously still not even remotely hungry! :)


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

You always manage to hit the nail on the head! "The culture of obesity is a culture of improper choices." - so true!


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks! I'm now choosing carrot sticks instead of hot dogs and so far at least am not missing anything at all! I wonder when my hunger will return and I'll go back to my usual grilling of 6 hot dogs at a time! :)


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Hal - you're far too good a gourmet cook and too much of a foodie to stick to carrot sticks for long :D


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I just stepped on the scale on the morning of day 8 and found I'm down 11 lbs. I don't know if carrot sticks are going to be my future staple, but I have to hold up my pants now when I walk! No point going to buy new, smaller pants, as if I lose another 10 lbs. next week I'll need an even smaller size. I think I'll just wear a moomoo for the next little while! :)

What I need to do is come out your way. I'd vacuum up every restaurant and street stand in your region. I'm salivating just thinking about it. Now THAT would restore my lost appetite! :)


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Need to place a photo similar to the one at the start of this hub on my fridge door.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto Author

It would definitely be good motivation! :)


olivia 5 years ago

wow.....


alshubluv 5 years ago

As they say a picture is worth a thousand words. That should motivate us all to keep on until we reach our goal. We only have one life to live, so live in obedience.

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armani 4 years ago

wow he's big ; G0D forgive me but wow ive never seen someone that big in my entier life.


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princess agyemang 3 years ago

you people just fat and stupied its so dissgussting brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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