Our Growing Generation
It is mainly the children growing up in this generation who are suffering from health issues, obesity, and even diabetes. The cases of Type 2 Diabetes among adolescents in 1980 were 0, but looking at more recent records, in 2010 there was a mind-blowing 57,638 cases. This major jump happened in just 30 years. Type 2 diabetes used to be called non-insulin dependent diabetes or also known as mature onset diabetes. It has only been recently that they changed the name to Type 2 diabetes because of the increasing numbers of children and teens being diagnosed with this disease.
In the movie ‘Fed Up’ there is a 15 year old boy who weighs 200 pounds. He was teased ever since he was 8 because he was overweight. He struggles each day with his self-esteem. In another instance there is a 12 year old girl who weighs 212 pounds. This young girl also struggles. She has a deep desire to lose weight, but has the hardest time doing it. She is on the swim team and walks her dog every weekend. So why can’t she lose the weight? What kind of changes does she need to make?
Sugar and Disease
During the years 1977 and 2000 the processed foods in the markets doubled their sugar. With people wanting to eat healthier, the food companies tried to fit those criteria by making their ‘diet’ foods, but soon found that the food tasted awful and people weren’t buying their products. So what did they do? They doubled the sugar to make it taste better. Now they can label their foods as ‘fat-free’, but if you take a look it is because they have doubled the sugar.
People go to the lean hot pockets, diet sodas, low-calories and fat free products thinking that it will help them to eat healthier, but what people need to understand is that it is in the sugar where the real problems lie.
How does sugar affect your health?
Fructose, which is the sweet part of sugar, can only be processed in the liver. When your liver is pushed to the max, the pancreas comes to the rescue by producing excess amounts of a hormone called insulin. Insulin is the energy storage hormone. Insulin’s job is to turn sugar into fat for storage. High levels of insulin can also block your brain from receiving the signal that you are full. So your brain thinks that you are starving. Eating in excess amounts and slothfulness is the result of the biochemistry of too much insulin.
When you look at food labels, sugar comes under many different names: Brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, crystal dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose sweetener, fruit juice concentrates, liquid fructose, lactose and maltose. And these are only a few on the list. The most common one we all know as high-fructose corn syrup. Extra sugar has been added into 80% of our foods, under all these different names, but they are still there. Added sugars are in our bread, yogurts, cereals and almost anything that we eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All this added sugar in your everyday meals leads to obesity. And having those processed foods in your home is deadly. It brings temptation. Have you noticed that every store you walk into has junk food; Clothing stores, gas stations, book stores, and even stationary stores?
Not only do we have to worry about obesity, but also the diseases that follow. Disease doesn’t happen with just one meal but it happens with a thousand. Metabolic diseases are obesity related. Diabetes, heart disease, lipid problems, strokes, and cancer are being driven by sugar.
This problem isn’t only for those obese or sick. This is a problem for everyone.
There are many people who think that being skinny is being healthy. Everyone has internal body fat. It all depends on the percentage of fat to your whole body. Belly fat is a dangerous fat. It comes from sugar turning to insulin (fat storage hormone).
30% of Americans are obese. But up to 40% of non-obese people have the same metabolic dysfunction, they just aren’t obese. These people are pre-diabetic skinny people. That makes more than half of Americans that are unhealthy.
Here are a few interesting facts:
-The annual number of weight loss surgeries increased nearly five-fold since 2001.
-95% of Americans will be obese in 2 decades.
-1 in 3 of all Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050.
-Soda and junk food aren’t the only culprits (corn syrup).
-1 soda = 10 tsp of sugar
So what are we doing about it?
We have a long way to go, but it all starts with being educated. Educate yourself and your children so that they can make those better food choices to stay healthy, because children don’t know what it is to eat healthy. It isn’t an easy transition. But look to see if it comes from nature or if there a long list of ingredients. Research those ingredients to see what you are really putting into your body. Be aware that added sugar has many hiding places. However, natural sugars are good for your health and body. When you eat the natural sugars from raw fruits and vegetables, you are getting the fiber you need to balance the negative effects of the sugar. It is about the food not the weight.
People make time for what they want to. Health should be one of them.
As the movie says, “It’s time to get real about food.”
To learn how, visit: www.FedUpMovie.com
Written by: Colbi Judd