I rarely talk about the “obesity epidemic.” I think it drives too much negative attention to the wrong issues, focusing on weight instead of overall health. I have no desire to argue with fat acceptance folks, throw statics around or rant about how fat we’ve become. I’d rather inspire people to live more consciously, show them that small changes equal big results and prove that it is possible to live a balanced life and reach weight loss goals.
All of that being said, I got completely sucked into The Skinny on Obesity series on YouTube from the University of California. It skews a little too much away from personal responsibility, in my opinion, but I’m not denying any of the science. I think we have a serious problem with the type of food that is readily available, cheap and around us all the time. However, I think we can start to fix this problem the more we educate ourselves and make conscious choices about what we put in our bodies.
I’m embedding the entire playlist here. There are 5 complete episodes plus a trailer for the 6th.
I’m shocked that life expectancy is actually starting to decrease (ep. 5). I want my kids to live a long, healthy, active life and I want to be around as long as posible to enjoy it with them.
Our diet is far from perfect but I feed myself and my family more unprocessed than processed foods. We eat fruits and vegetables with every meal, we don’t drink sugary drinks at home (except for the husband and his soda habit which I’ve tried to alleviate without success) and we enjoy treats (candy, cupcakes, etc) in moderation and without guilt. This series has validated all of these choices for me and made me feel even more justified in being the “mean mom” who doesn’t buy things like Fruity Pebbles, PopTarts, or Capri Suns. (I’m still trying to wean us off the Dorritos and Tasty Cakes, just give me a little more time. ;)
If you have time to watch the series, I’d love to hear your thoughts.