Thursday, July 24, 2008
Do you like cookies? What about pizza? If you are like most Americans, your answer to both of those questions is probably a resounding "yes." Well, me too. I love cookies and pizza -- they are two of my favorite foods. Unfortunately, I shouldn't eat cookies or pizza that often, or in large quantities, because that would be unhealthy.
Why are cookies and pizza unhealthy? Because those foods contain a lot of sugar and fat (duh!). What I'm going to tell you next may not be a surprise either: the United States has an obesity problem. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans is obese and that doesn't include those who are considered overweight.
July 24, 2008 at 10:37 PM
Even with government mandated lunch breaks, albeit for only 30 minutes, people rarely stop to eat. Our work ethic is so strong that we sacrifice our health! What about food ethic? Does this concept exist? Why doesn't eating healthy connote integrity and ambition? We would certainly be more productive and increase the quality of our work. Then again, I'm not sure that upper management is looking for quality when quanity is much better on paper. It's our constant fear of slowing down our productivity that really feeds this fast-food culture. Slowing down to eat a healthy meal is very counter culture, and even frowned upon in some work places. It's that drive through mentality that breeds all of our health shortcuts. Our diets usually imply losing weight rather gaining healthier eating habits, and our healthy foods seem to be anything with the word "diet" or "free"; fat-free, sugar-free, carb-free, buy one get one free, etc. Afterall, who has time to diet? Why not just grab a pack of "fat-free-no-carb" food and get back to work! Speaking of, I almost forgot to eat lunch. Gotta go.