Who Made Us Fat
Welcome to the Who Made Us Fat post. I am a child of the 1960’s. I never remember seeing anyone that was obese. I do remember when Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, and Pizza Hut restaurants started appearing in every city. We rarely visited any of these places to eat as our mother made a meal at home for all of us children.
According to the World Health Organization’s 2008 report, there are 1.5 billion people who are overweight. I am sure this number may now be closer to 2 billion. There are over 300 million obese women and over 200 million obese men.
In 1971, a man who was raised on a 160 acre farm in Indiana began a chain of events that has impacted the waistlines of billions of people in the world today. Earl Butz was the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary from 1971-1976. Read on to learn more about Who Made Us Fat. I also have a powerful documentary film you can access.
When he began serving in the cabinet position, America had been involved in combat operations in Vietnam for over 6 years. Food inflation was a serious problem in America. People were having a hard time making ends meet.
Secretary Butz encouraged farmers to either increase the amount of food they produced or get out of the agriculture industry. Farmers began producing more crops and a large surplus of corn was now available.
Scientists in Japan were discovering a way to make a sweetener out of corn at just about the same time as this increase in corn production was in full swing in America. The new sweetener is known as high fructose corn syrup.
Jacques Peretti is a BBC reporter that produced a documentary about how the food, sugar and fast food industries have taken the high fructose corn syrup and added it to foods and beverages that people eat. You can watch the movie on the link below. I use the Firefox web browser and a box will appear asking whether to save or open the video. I opened the video with Windows Media Player and the video is a big file. You will learn much about how corporations have placed increased profits above public health.
There is hope for you if you are overweight or obese as you read this article. I have a page documenting the foods I eat on a daily basis to keep myself fit and at my ideal weight since 2001 below.
I do not drink anything except pure distilled water and one decaf green tea each morning. You can read about how doing 7 minutes of weight-bearing exercises each day will help your body burn fat on my page below:
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