Super Size Me

So, last night while I was doing my rehab exercises and push-ups, I decided to throw on a Netflix documentary {they have become one of my favorite things of the moment}. I have heard it referenced countless times, but until last night, I had never watched Super-Size Me. It wasn’t hard to imagine what 30 days straight of McDonald’s for every meal would do to someone’s body, so why should I watch it?

Super Size Me

Honestly, I wish I had seen it earlier. Even though I knew, generally, what was going to happen, the actual results were startling. An above-average healthy man managed to nearly destroy his liver, among other things, in just 30 days through a crap diet and no physical activity. If that doesn’t make a serious statement about the power of food, I don’t know what does. It can truly be the greatest medicine or greatest poison. Even worse, the weight he had gained in 30 days took him nearly 4 months to completely take back off with proper diet and exercise.

Is it any wonder that such vast amounts of Americans are in the health state that they are? As stated, majority of Americans are not only on this crappy diet, but on a daily basis are getting little to no physical activity. I think the statistic given was less than 2,000 steps per day. That is nothing.

With this movie being over 10 years old at this point, I was curious to see what the thoughts were 10 years later. I found an article by Morgan’s former girlfriend, Alexandra Jamieson {the vegan chef}, referring to the progress and awareness that has been sparked as a result of the film, but she said that there is still a TON of work to be done. She pointed out some startling statistics: 100 years ago, only 2% of meals were eaten outside of the home, now that figure is over 50%.

Fifty percent! Forget the fact that eating out is considerably more expensive than preparing the food yourself, but there is also an extreme portion control problem in the majority of American restaurants. The motto for the most part is: bigger is better. You really don’t realize how much of a problem we have until you live abroad. Not only that, many of those out of home meals are laden with sugar, salt, and other less than ideal ingredients.

With trends like this, is it any wonder that general health is on a steep decline and healthcare costs are sky-rocketing? How would the nation look if everyone were required to prepare 90% of their own meals for an entire year? My guess is a whole lot healthier. As Alexandra said in her article, forget healthcare reform to address rising costs, #fixfood and much of the sickness will disappear.

Moral of the story: cook your own food. Your wallet and your health will thank you for it.

Ok, rant over.

Just some food for thought on this beautiful Sunday morning {pun intended}. Enjoy!

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