That’s the question, with a growing buzz around the nation, especially after a big step in the New York City to prohibit large, sweet drinks in restaurants, cafes and cinemas.
By present it is not a secret. It is a known medical fact that the sugar is packed not only with nutritionally “empty” calories, but it is stimulating a real appetite. Some even claim sugar being an addictive drug and should be regulated like alcohol or tobacco.
The study, published in the American Health Trust in September found Michigan to be the fifth state in the union fat. Numerous reports over the past decade have put Detroit sometime between the first and fifth most obese city in the nation, sometimes rival Houston, Texas, the thickest point, depending on the year and who is reporting.
After vigorous protests against soda yesterday, Detroiters can get on board the sugar awareness train. The rally, held at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit, urged people to cut pop out of your diet to prevent excessive calorie intake and, consequently, obesity.
Any doctor or nutritionist will tell you: the excessive consumption of sugar leads to obesity and obesity lead to serious health complications, including heart disease, diabetes and other leading causes of death in the United States. There’s nothing to discuss there.
What many people do not agree that we as a country should do about it. Should the government intervene, as it did with booze and tobacco? Some argue that regulatory sugar opens the door to all kinds of control lifestyle. Perhaps the best approach is not to regulate the sugar completely, but there are warnings on food and beverages with added sugar significant health risks involved in the excessive consumption of sugar.
Perhaps worst of sugar and junk food is a parody of childhood obesity. One in three children in America is overweight or obese. At the hospital yesterday’s rally, the president and chief executive officer of Sinai Grace Hospital, Dr. Reginald Eadie, said that childhood obesity is causing more harm to the American people than natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy could do. I agree.
We need to find a way to bring awareness to the amount of sugar we as Americans unconsciously consume. Maybe a massive education effort through government health agencies and schools is part of the answer.
In any case, the Americans too sweet for sugar.
A report in Forbes magazine says:
“According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average American consumes 156 pounds of sugar per years. That’s five grocery store shelves loaded with 30 or about one pound bags of sugar each. If you find that hard to believe that it is likely to because sugar is so ubiquitous in our diet that most of us have no idea how much we are many. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) puts the amount of 27.5 teaspoons of sugar per day per person, which translates to 440 calories – nearly a quarter of a 2000 calorie per day diet, “Obesity not only affects people who are overweight.. It affects all by introducing health care costs. ”
“F, as in Fat” This year’s study by the Trust Health America has shown glaring statistic that between type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and arthritis, more than 23 billion dollars are spent on health care costs every year. Sickness industry and insurance companies may be doing well, Americans, particularly Michiganders and Detroiters, are not.
This is not true for healthy people or people who unconsciously make them obese. Do we have to do, as Canada does with tobacco packaging and stick protruding belly photos rough on pop and candy labels? While this may sound extreme, we have to do something of obesity in America. It is believed, through research, that one in three Americans are obese.
History shows government regulation at all, has stirred heated debate about freedom in our country. But if people are not educated, they do not make a conscious choice.
A few decades ago, in the late 60’s, the desire to regulate tobacco roared into a frenzy when, on April 1, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the law that officially prohibit tobacco advertising on television and radio. Post office trucks held signs: “100,000 doctors should stop smoking” signs warning that “quit or die.”