Stop eating crap. Spread the word.

Health care costs are rising. Why? It may be a combination of a lot of different things pushing and pulling on our ridiculously profit driven system, but I think all those "reasons" pale in comparison to the root cause.

We spend more & more on health care year over year because we are getting sicker & sicker year over year. You are what you eat. Literally. Yes, I do mean that literally. You are literally what you eat. You eat crappy junk, your body will be crappy junk.

We are, as a nation, dear friends, what we eat. Literally. We eat crappy junk and our bodies turn into crappy junk.

It ain't a judgement call so don't get all huffy and self-righteous on me, BlueNCers. If speaking truth (even if it's in overly simplistic terms) is being insensitive then I think some folks are just too damn sensitive. It's just a hard cold fact. Use crap food to build your children's bodies, your kids' bodies will return the favor by giving you asthma, allergies, weak joints, type II diabetes, obesity, sickness, aches, pains, etc. Use crap food to repair and rebuild your own body, your own body will return the favor by going soft, getting sick, running down, clogging up, aching, hurting, swelling and other multitudinous problems -- long before it should.

The projected lifespan of my children's generation is shorter than the projected lifespan of my generation.

Chew on that a minute.

That is a big ugly no good horrible stinking SCREAMING wild elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about. I mean because really, we love our doritos, fizzy drinks, frappacinos, snack crackers and big macs, don't we? And the folks who make them sure do like their profits. And we do so very much hate the whining that ensues when we say "No, I'm not buying you the 20g of sugar per serving breakfast cereal. Put it back."

But the data don't lie. Astronomical increases in health care costs over the last two decades is not about over-billing at hospitals. It's not about over-testing to cover butts in doctors offices. It's not about over prescribing ... wait ... ok, it may be a bit about over prescribing medicines instead of looking for non-pharma alternatives, but here's my point ....

It's not about what happens AFTER you get sick.

It's about WHY we're so sick.

It's about how and why we, in this incredibly affluent society, are SO sick SO young -- riddled with maladies now that we never saw a mere 30 years ago.

I have a solution. It's pretty simple. Stop eating crap.

Stop putting the snack cake in your kid's lunch box. Stop letting your kid whine his way into a plate full of french fries and sugar filled gatorade or sugar filled milk for school lunch. Do you let him whine his way out of sitting in his car seat or wearing his seatbelt? And you ... stop drinking soft drinks like water. Yes, that includes the diet drinks. All of them. Do you know what they put in that? Do you know what that's doing to your body? Stop putting the snack cake in YOUR lunch box every day. Quit with the white bread and pasta at every meal. Eat real food from real farms. Find your local farmer's market and go there and see what's available. Try a dozen REAL eggs. Try some grass-fed beef. Plant a couple tomatoes and a row of beans. Buy a cook book and actually read it and use it. If you can't cook, learn to cook. Find an old lady in your neighborhood who will teach you. No, I'm not kidding. It took us, as a nation, 30 years of eating crap to get to this place of sickness and softness and fatness. It may take a little more work than snapping our fingers to get us out of it. I'm just sayin' ...

Oh, and another thing --

Work to change farm subsidy policy.

Small local farms get no help at all from our farm policy, which is bad enough, but NOW they are on the precipice of being obliterated by new food safety rules being laid out NOW at state and federal levels with the help of big ag and big meat and king corn.

Don't. let. that. happen.

If local farms go, we lose all hope we ever had of fixing the problem of skyrocketing health care costs.

I'll write it again for effect.

Stop eating crap. Spread the word.

Cross posted at dkos.

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Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

I'm hooked on this show. Jamie Oliver is a Brit who is trying to get the unhealthiest town in the USA to change their school lunch menus. I've been watching it on hulu.

heard about that and watched his speech

at an award thingy he was given. What I heard was that he was embarrassing the doofloppy out of USDA rules and regs over school lunches.

"French fries are vegetables??!!! You're kidding me." "I have to add a slice of nutritionless white bread to a plate of pasta because we don't have enough starch in the meal???!!! That's ____." "Why is there sugar in the milk?"

We are killing ourselves with food.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Great post

Thanks for bringing it over. You had a good run at Kos, except for the jerks, of course, which is occupational hazard.

WHIIIIIIIINNNNNE. YOU'RE RICH AND I'M POOR AND I CAN'T AFFORD TO EAT HEALTHY FOOD AND NANNY NANNY BOO BOO. EXCUSE ME WHILE I SLUG DOWN THIS COKE.

OMG, Leslie

I'm an older dude that drank cola drinks with sugar in them and my mom cooked biscuits with lard and loved the fat-back in my greens and drank about a gallon of whole mile every other day and put half-and-half on my cereal in the morning. I'm healtier than most folks over 65. According to my physician, those things weren't bad for me as a youngster. Those things might be bad for we "older folks", but your presentation seems to be something that not only won't happen but not necessary.

If parents don't watch out for their kids eating too many Big Mac's or if they don't care that their kids drink a 2-liter Pepsi every day or if they don't eat three-squares daily, then there needs to be a "bring-back" of the family unit. My mom lived to be 98, my youngest sis is 70 and I'm 65 and we all are healthy. We ate just sooooo much of what is now considered detrimental. Oh..we were not "attached" to a cell phone or an I-Pod or sitting for hours texting and such. We played ball/sports in the neighborhood, were involved in intermural sports in school and we joined our school's sports teams. We ran laps and we did sit-ups and lift-ups and we stayed active.

There is more to the obesity rate and the health of kids/adults in our nation than what they happen to eat.

Just IMO.

yeah, you drank cola with sugar

and ate real biscuits cooked by your mom with flour and lard and real greens cooked by your mom with just greens, fat back and salt or greens and salt pork. How many times did your folks take you by the fast food drive through to get you dinner? Ever? People do that now. A lot.

I ate the same way you did. We only got soda every now and then, though. Too expensive. When we got it, it was one bottle and it was a treat. Nobody bought soda by the dang 12 pack back in the day.

Plus, kids drinking soda today are drinking HFCS, not sugar. They are eating processed food so ladden with stuff you can't pronounce, you have to have an organic chemistry degree to have any idea what it actually is.

I hear what you're saying and a part of some kid's weight gain is a total lack of activity, but most of it is about what they are eating.

I kept putting on weight over the last 10 years until I started running two years ago, but that doesn't mean I wasn't over-eating and eating way too much crap in all the volume I was eating. I certainly was. These days the food I eat is more expensive, but I eat a smaller volume of better food.

It most certainly is about what we're eating.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

And what about exercise?

I hear ya, Leslie. I am not trying to sound condescending, believe me. But, your post did not mention a whole lot about kids exercising or being active (other than a snipet). I agree 100% about the things kids eat today and the fast food and such. But, fast food doesn't have any more "fat" and such as we had in our food and you know it. Now, as far as the additives, well, that's another story, of course. All the preservatives have been said, by some, to be detrimental to all of our health. But, of course, they're also said to be necessary in our day and time and are not detrimental. Depends on who you're listening to, of course.

Humans aren't going to eat all "healthy" foods...be vegetarians...cut off all fat on meat...buy just organic stuff...you get the point. That's just not gonna happen. We're gonna eat pizza and put fat-back in greens and we're gonna go to fast food joints.

It's important that our kids get breakfast and even if they only eat a snack for lunch, they need a good supper. That's what's needed. You and I had that, sounds like anyway. You and I exercised and stayed active. THAT'S the key to why we have so many health problems today, in my opinion. That's not prevelent today either with MANY (not all, of course) children nor adults. Our culture has changed to the detriment of that.

We could go round and round about this, but that's my opinion. I do see some of what you're saying, though, so don't go away believing I don't, okay?

Have to agree and disagree

Yes, getting outside to run around and play is important for kids.

And I don't really get your assertion that we're going to keep doing what we're doing. Thirty years ago I'm sure nobody thought people would stop smoking just because they finally accepted the scientific evidence that it would make them sicker than they needed to be in the best case, and kill them before their time in the worst case. I honestly think that if people, including you, actually knew what was in all that fast and highly processed food, they'd change the way they eat. Call me crazy, but I think people don't really like the thought of eating things that make them sick.

However, exercise is not going to make a kid healthier. Trust me, I know. My daughter is having health issues and she's a soccer player in college who runs every day and has run every day for the last 6 years. Her problems are 100% due to too much processed nearly nutritionless food in her diet. I send boxes of fresh and dried fruit, berries and veggies and chemical free snacks and foods to her so she isn't obligated to only eat the fast food type stuff available in her cafeteria. She's having to learn these diet lessons herself, but she is learning them.

My dear friend Foxtrot ... you are absolutely completely and totally wrong about fast food not having any more fat than what we grew up eating. The pork we grew up eating was different than the pork you get from the grocery now. It was raised different and it was fed different and it was processed different. Fast food these days does indeed have more fat in it and it has all the worst bad kinds of fat in it. There is a difference between fats and the way your body processes and handles them and what they do to your body. A big difference. Beef from a feed lot steer is full of all the bad kinds of fat. Beef from a grass-fed steer has less fat than a skinless chicken thigh and it has all the right kinds of fats. Fats are not fats. There is good fat, and bad fat.

In our modern food system, the genetically modified grains we eat increase allergies. Over the last 10 years people in this country have developed unheard of allergy rates to wheat corn and soy. I cannot intake even the tiniest bit of HFCS if I want to stray more than a half minute from a bathroom for the entire rest of the day. The docs call that Irritable Bowel Syndrome and instead of telling me to figure out what food triggers it, they just want to sell me a few packs of pills to maybe try and calm my gut down a little. The pesticides and herbicides sprayed on our crops these days are still there in quantities that are not healthy. The hormones and antibiotics in our meats are national shame. Recently a huge lot of beef was rejected by Mexican authorities because it had too much copper. It was sent back to the US and went into the US food supply because we have no specs for copper in beef. To kill bacteria in ground beef from the giant industrial packing plants they mix it with ammonia. Seriously. Ammonia. That beef gets sent to our schools and to chains for food and you never know when you're eating it. They put sugar -- SUGAR -- in school cafeteria milk now. what!!!?? and then they pump the kids hyped up on sugar full of pharmaceuticals to calm them back down. We are making our kids sick and slow with the food we feed them and that is just an inescapable fact of life in 2010 American society.

I am sorry Foxtrot. I'll say it again, our myriad health problems that are exploding in all age groups across this country are definitely about what we eat these days.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Food Inc.

Food Inc., is one of many great films about the inter-related problems of health, nutrition, industrial farming, the food industry, government policy (farm bill), etc.

Also, there's never been a better time to go vegan if only for the health benefits.

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"The natural wage of labor is its product." -- Benjamin R. Tucker
A liberal is someone who thinks the system is broken and needs to be fixed, whereas a radical understands it’s working the way it’s supposed to.

One grass-fed beef farmer I know

commented about that movie ... "This is going to be a very good year for us."

I'll tell ya one thing, if that don't put ya off yer CAFO-meat and parts-is-parts feed, nuthin will.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Oliver's TED award speech. Check it

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Healthy Lunches from Home

We're watching Jamie Oliver, have seen Food Inc and read about the goings on in the school lunch world daily. We've created a website for people who bring lunch from home. We allow our kids to buy the lunch once a week, our school doesn't do a horrible job but it isn't fantastic either and once a week is just about right. I agree that we are killing ourselves with unhealthy food in this country. I am 37 and remember when I was a child, going out to eat just didn't happen. Now, we know people that go out 2 or 3 times a week. In our family, we have always eaten most meals at home, going out for special occasions like after a dance recital, an anniversary etc. I am grateful that my kids enjoy "real" food and that the only time they eat fast food is on a road trip - and then it is to complement the main course we've packed - a yogurt parfait from mcdonalds for example, to go with the sandwich and apple that we have with us. Check out our lunch site for inspiration, or to share your favorite lunch things. http://www.lunchtaker.com

Oh THAT is an excellent website project

Thanks for posting it, amyboca. I have to share it with my facebook friends. :)

BTW, where are you located? Anywhere near Clayton, NC? I'd love to get you or someone affiliated with you out to our little farmer's market to promote your website, demonstrate tne fine art of packing lunch for a 15 year old athlete and talk about harnessing the chaos of the dreaded "container drawer ... or cabinet." IM me here or friend me on facebook. Thanks again!

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

The Chinese have a saying ...

... diet is the first medicine.

thank you for posting this.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

The truth is usually very simple.

Hope you don't mind if I steal the quote. :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."