Too Fat to Serve

by Sarah Healthy LivingComments: 7


The future security of the United States is becoming increasingly threatened by the obesity epidemic which is accelerating among its youth. Currently, 75% of young people aged 17-24 are unfit for service in the military and the biggest reason is obesity. Obesity levels are now 4 times higher than what they were only a generation ago (a generation sounds like a long time, but it is really only about 25 years). One out of every three children ages 10-17 are overweight or obese! This startling report from Mission: Readiness, a nonprofit organization consisting of senior, retired military leaders. http://www.missionreadiness.org/

Couple this sobering report with the fact that most parents don’t even “see” their child’s weight problems let alone do anything about it, and a looming crisis for our National Security is clearly on the horizon.

This is not the time for more studies and no, we don’t need billions in government funds to help stem this crisis as suggested by Mission: Readiness. All we need is for folks to do one simple thing in their homes: take out the high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). If families did just this one thing and didn’t change anything else, the growth of obesity would stop increasing from where it is right now and start to decline. Lose the sodas (or at least buy sodas made with sugar and not HFCS), juice boxes, and other foods sweetened with this deadly, factory produced sweetener and huge benefits would rapidly ensue. Schools that can the soda vending machines have now been shown to have reduced obesity levels, even if home consumption remains unchanged.
I’m not one for excessive government regulation, but this just might be the time for a law outlawing high fructose corn syrup as well as ANY type of sweetener that metabolizes in a similar fashion (like agave nectar). Maybe Congress could actually do something that would REALLY reduce healthcare dollars spent – outlaw high fructose corn syrup.
High fructose corn syrup was introduced into the American diet in 1975 – wait, that is one generation ago when the obesity epidemic started! No coincidence there, folks. This from Dr. Joseph Mercola:
“When you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat. 120 calories of fructose results in 40 calories being stored as fat.
 
The time has come to take high fructose corn syrup out of the American diet for good. Our National Security is depending on it.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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