How food industr destroys health of our children 1

Kids are being told the biggest lie they will ever hear in their lives.  In the past quarter century, the number of overweight children has grown from one in 20 to nearly one in five.

This year, for the first time in the history of the world, more people will die from the effects

of obesity than from starvation.

Researchers say obesity is causing more and more cases of cancer and is now catching up to

smoking as the leading cause cancer.

We get new solutions every day. Everything in the grocery store is made with less fat and fewer calories and yet our kids keep getting bigger and sicker.

The Bush administration actually resisted a plan from the World Health Organization to fight  obesity.

There are a very high percentage of young people overweight  because of a number of things

that have happened in USA in the last several years.

Some kids were told that that fat people were just made to be fat.

l'm 1 5, and l weigh around 215 pounds.

l'd like to lose about 50 to 55 pounds. l could do so many more things.

Maybe l could play football or play baseball.

Americans view overweight people as lazy, unambitious and lacking willpower.

All we have to do is have people eat less and exercise more.

Not a very big problem. The subtle message is "lt's your fault you're fat."

All you need to do is eat less, exercise more.

This was the science. And it started with a mouse.

The year was 1953. Up until this point, exercise had been considered taboo. Doctors even warned it would cause heart attacks and diminish your sex drive.

Then came Dr. Jean Mayer, a French physiologist who would become the foremost

expert on obesity in the U.S.  He noted that large lab mice ate virtually the same amount

as smaller mice. But the big ones weren't

nearly as active afterwards.

Mayer's conclusion, lack of exercise must be related to weight gain.

His finding sparked a fitness revolution.

By the time Jane Fonda became the face of fitness, Americans were spending billions

of dollars trying to lose weight.

But as more and more people began exercising,  more and more waistlines grew out of control.

Between 1 980 and 2000,  fitness club memberships more than doubled across the United States.

During that same time, the obesity rate also doubled. A decade later, two out of every three Americans were either overweight or obese. So how is it possible that the enormous rise of the fitness revolution almost exactly mirrored the rise in obesity rates.

Something is making that happen. The question is, how is that happening in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Norway, South Africa and everywhere else. And we have obese six-month-olds.

Politicians kept on espousing the same mantra "Diet and exercise, you are what you eat, it's your fault"

 l am 1 2 years old, and l weigh 212 pounds.  My doctors have said that l am a statistic. l don't really know what it means.  They normally say that l'm just supposed to eat healthier and exercise a lot more, which is what l am doing. l swim four days a week and then walking my dogs on the weekends. My doctor, um... he told me to join Weight Watchers, um, and l can't,

because l'm not old enough yet.

They also started saying that there is a solution to obesity. lt's energy balance. lt's balancing calories in and calories out.

Nowadays there's this phrase, "Let's practice energy balance." You eat, say, 110 bites of food a day, and you only burn off 109 of them,  you're gonna get obese in 20 years.

Even if there's a Guinness world record holder of calorie counting, calories in to the calories out,

nobody can do it.

We certainly don't want to discourage people from exercising or underplay the importance of physical activity to health, but we are not gonna exercise our way out of this obesity problem.

To burn off just one 20-ounce Coke, a child would have to bike for an hour and 15 minutes.

Most people don't have that much time in their day. So if you burn a calorie sleeping, or you burn a calorie exercising, it's still a calorie burned.

The question is, is a calorie eaten a calorie eaten. And for that we have really good data.

And it says a calorie is not a calorie. Let's take an easy one. Let's take almonds. lf you consume 160calories in almonds, because of the fiber in the almonds, the food is not going to get absorbed immediately. So your blood sugar rise is gonna be a lot lower, it's gonna be for longer.

So what's the opposite of the almond?

Well, the opposite of the almond would be a soft drink. Because there's no fiber, they get absorbed straight through the portal system to the liver.

The liver gets this big sugar rush. And when your liver gets that onslaught, it has no choice but to

turn it into fat immediately.

So, 1 60 calories in almonds, or 160 calories in soda.

Well, one thing we need to understand,  that the food industry is really at the heart of this  problem. We're handing the industry a big gift in that they get to confuse the issue by talking about exercise.  So the food industry is good at kind of taking half-truths and then stretching them.

Food companies are interested in selling more food. That's their job as a corporation.

And one way to do that is to co-opt potential critics. The soft drink companies fund research in universities. They donate to professional societies.

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