Wednesday, January 19, 2011
When the well known documentary "Super Size Me" came out in 2003, it caused quite a stir. I did not view the film until just tonight, eight years later. It astonishes me at how far we have not come in those eight years. There are still far too many McDonald's joints cropping up on every corner. Obesity has not only become a national epidemic but rather an international issue.
In 2000, the CDC set the "Healthy People 2010" goals, hoping to achieve better health for individuals all across the U.S. One goal was to decrease the overweight and obesity rates, which were already high ten years ago. However, these goals were never made. In fact, the rates increased. In a CDC report released August 2010, it stated "In 2009, no state met the Healthy People 2010 obesity target of 15%, and the self-reported overall prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults had increased 1.1 percentage points from 2007."
Not one state met the goal.
The "Food Revolution" has been well under way for years. In fact, decades. When co-ops began emerging over 40 years ago, it was to counter-act the industrialization of the food supply. To offer fresh, organic and local foods to people. Several documentaries similar to "Super Size Me" have been done to wake people up. Unfortunately that doesn't appear to be working. We all know what is bad for us. We know how much sugar is in soda, how much fat in fries and burgers. We know that too much of our food is full of harmful chemicals and less nutrients. But we continue to live as though we are unaware.
We don't need Armageddon. Take off your complacency hat or we are going to kill ourselves.