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You MUST watch this documentary!

on June 16, 2012

I just finished watching the last part of a 4-part series called Weight of the Nation.
You can view it online for free here:   http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com

You can’t help but be outraged after watching it.  This country is in crisis.  Have you seen these charts produced by the CDC showing the percentages of obesity by states over the last few decades?  It’s startling.  (I would post them here, but I can’t copy and paste the charts so I’ll give you the link to watch the slideshow)  http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

Why is America so fat??  There are many contributing factors, but it really boils down to the fact that we aren’t moving our bodies as much as we used to, or as much as we should be.  Kids are watching TV and playing video games instead of riding their bikes and playing outside.

And did you know that less than 2% of the farmland in the US grows fruits and vegetables.  That’s because the government gives a subsidy to those farmers who grow corn, but nothing to those who grow fruits and vegetables.  That corn is then used to make high fructose corn syrup, which is the cheapest type of sugar that companies can put into their pre-packaged foods.  Those large food manufacturers do not care about your health, they only care about their profits.

And if you really want to be outraged, watch the movie Food, Inc.  about how food is produced, and how the FDA and USDA control the food industry.  You can read more here:  http://www.takepart.com/foodinc/film.

I hope it motivates you to take a look at your diet and see what processed foods you can replace with organically grown fruits and vegetables.

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