Food for Thought Before Bikinis Go Out of Style
When Dan Marino became the spokesman for Nutrisystem, I suddenly realized something’s happening here. It looks like we can’t ignore any longer that obesity has become a major problem in the U.S. According to a recent survey, 2 out 3 Americans are either overweight or obese. Something must be done about it before bikinis and sexy beach wears go out of style. Who would want to go to the beach in a toga? Not me, not you, and definitely, not Dan Marino.
Notwithstanding the big payoff, I honestly think that one of the greatest quarterback in history took the job because he believes in the system. It made him lose 22 pounds, and he has the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of himself to prove it.
Without making light of Dan Marino’s efforts, all diet systems will work as long as you stick to it. However, it’s more like treating the symptom rather than the disease.
While each system helps fight obesity, it doesn’t address the root cause, which is eating junk food. The Free Online Dictionary describes junk as “the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up”.
Within the last half-century, conglomerates have taken over the food industry. As maximizing profit becomes the motive, every possible cost-saving step is taken in the production, processing, marketing, and distribution of food to ensure that the bottom line is secured. This has led to farming and slaughtering of animals in ways that you can consider cruel and inhumane. They are raised in crowded pens, stalls, or feedlots with little room to move around and much less to breathe. Mostly vegetarians by nature, they are fed meat and bone remains as well as antibiotics and hormones to speed up their growth.
Unhappy in their short life, these animals are led to the slaughterhouse where they are cut to pieces in assembly line fashion and thereby suffer a miserable death. Somehow, I think these animals find a way of getting even by developing enzymes in their bodies that are harmful to humans.
To add insult to injury, these animals are tended from life to slaughter by unhappy workers, mostly illegal immigrants, who earn less than the minimum wage and without proper work conditions. It’s only reasonable not to expect them to treat their jobs seriously. They will cut corners and disregard healthy practices that prevent the meat from being contaminated.
Under the circumstances, most of the meat that we eat are junk because they come from animals contaminated with antibiotics, hormones, viruses, and others that only the workers who process them know about. These are the stuff that make you sick and obese. It’s only through the magic of marketing that we become blinded to the fact.
Although I don’t have a weight problem, I’ve cut down on meat. My friend has suggested that if I want to be permanently turned off, I should read Fast Food Nation or Diet for a New America. She thinks that the way we treat animals, we are accruing some bad, bad karma.
I think I’m not quite ready yet. But for now, no more Big Mac, KFC, or Burger King.