Do you want fries with that?

I have to admit that I have a hard time with the ever popular term, "obesity epidemic". However, even if I do have a problem with the language choices involved, I do think that collectively we need to take a good appraising look at the issue at hand. It's a complicated matter though it seems like it should be simple. Consume more calories than your body is burning and you'll gain weight. Consume less calories than your body needs to maintain your current weight at your current level of activity and you'll lose weight. But is it that simple when millions of Americans (and increasingly people across the globe) are overweight?

Scarier still is that a higher and higher percentage of kids are overweight/obese. What do we do about this. While a single book won't answer the question, Fed Up: Winning the War Against Childhood Obesity if nothing else, puts the facts about childhood fat out there.

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The American Obesity Association has a pretty good website on childhood obesity, too.


In addition to the amount of consumption, take a look at the change in the food industry. It takes an organic farmer 10 weeks to grow a chicken. It takes a non-organic farmer using chemicals 4 weeks to grow a chicken. When we consume the chicken, we consume the growth chemicals - this is an important factor in the obesity discussion that is overlooked.