I think I hit a nerve yesterday. This little blog has limped along for the past year getting from 200 to a couple of thousand hits per day on posts about weightlifting, strength training, zombies, the occasional nice meal I cooked, or some amusing or meaningful thing that happened to me.
Then yesterday I posted that I was pissed about the whole diet situation in America and the post gets 17,000 hits within 24 hours and more comments than all the other posts I have put up within the past year put together.
I think some people misinterpreted just why I am so pissed. I got comments about people being free to do what they want and eat what they want, free choice, and some people apparently mad that I want to tell them what to do. And that wasn’t my point at all.
My point is this. We have two things that have happened in this country, that are still happening. One is that we overproduce foods that aren’t that great for us. And this overproduction is, by the way, subsidized by our tax dollars. This makes these products very cheap, and therefore they are everywhere. Hell it’s amazing all the shit that corn syrup finds its way into. The second is that we have been told for some time by the mainstream nutrition industry to eat a certain way, a way that emphasizes these cheap foods. Don’t eat too many egg yolks. Butter is bad but margarine is better. Cholesterol will kill you, but eating other oils dominated by Omega-6 fatty acids is healthy. Base your diet on carbohydrates and grains. Cut out the fat if you want to lose weight. It’s ok that our beef and our eggs have all the Omega-3’s sucked out of them because of the way they are raised.
And these things taken together have fundamentally changed the average American diet over the last few decades. We eat less fat, and saturated fat. We eat more carbohydrates, and more sugar. We eat more processed food, and less vegetables. More hydrogenated oils and less butter.
And it’s killing us. More of us are fat and have diabetes than ever before. Hell is is hard to find any health marker that is related to diet that has not gotten worse as our diet has changed. I read today that 23% of American teenagers have prediabetic symptoms. That is simply criminal.
And it’s this situation that I am pissed at. Not at any individual person, or their decision. Those that commented on yesterdays post by saying that everyone has a right to eat how they want are right. But there is no doubt that we have a situation in this country that is making the average American diet less and less healthy, and, that pisses me off.
But what to do? I am not gonna be able to change the USDA nutritional guidelines. I am not gonna be able to change the governments farm policy. And I don’t really fancy protesting at the local McDonalds or 7-11.
So what to do?
I don’t have any big answers. No big solution to solve the problem.
But Part III is set for tomorrow.