Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The taste, the smell, the texture, how it makes us feel, can be a great source of comfort particularly during these economically challenging times.
However, the very thing that can make us feel good can be a danger to us if not controlled. We can enjoy food but the primary job for food is to nourish our bodies. When we don’t have the right balance of foods and don’t exercise we end up with “obesity”.
Obesity is more common in African-Americans than any other ethnic groups.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60.1% of African- American males are overweight and 78% of Black women lead the population in obesity and being moderately overweight.
With more and more Americans losing the fight against obesity, the American Dietetic Association is serving up a menu of healthy food choices through its overhauled Web site to help you make informed choices to battle the bulge without giving up the pleasure of eating your favorite foods.
The ADA has relaunched its Web site, Eatright.org. From soup to nuts, soul food to sushi, the site provides visitors with simple no gloss up to date information about diets, tips for eating out, disease management and nutrition guidance.
Studies show African-Americans tend to accept larger body sizes. On one hand that’s good but the consequences is we have become more tolerant of eating more than our bodies need.
When it comes to eating “soul food”, what we are taught as children is also a big culprit. Our neighborhoods are overrun with fast food joints and mini marts dishing out fatty foods and drinks laden with salt and processed sugar.
The ADA site emphasizes there is nothing wrong with eating soul food or fast food as long as it is kept in its proper place. The unhealthy consequences of overeating is well documented. It’s now time to stop ignoring and debating the obvious and get to work on addressing this growing epidemic.
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