Aside from not getting enough exercise, I believe we’ve forgotten how to eat.
And we're so bombarded by mass media hype, that we're confused. Either way, we often end up eating emotionally, and for the wrong reasons.
To make matters worse, society has developed a fear of getting fat; so much so, that we spend more time and money than ever before battling that very issue – instead of maintaining a sensible eating plan for life.
We go from the 'low carb diet', 'no carb diet', 'best lose-weight-fast diet' to the 'no-fad diet' to the 'weight gain diet', the 'keto diet' and so on.
What defies all logic and reason – is that the number of people ‘on a diet’ is growing, yet obesity levels and public health spending continue to rise at alarming rates.
FOOD INDUSTRY ONSLAUGHT BY THE MEDIA
Why has the food which was previously so institutionalized, become so ostracized?
There's no shortage of 'hype' in the press regarding the food and beverage industries.
Of course, ensuring the quality-levels of specific ingredients is essential. By all means, let the consumer watch dogs loose, so they can monitor the manufacturing of processed foods – and the food industry as a whole.
However, many campaigns have caused widespread changes in so-called ‘junk food’ marketing because of claims that children are being targeted. To that I say:
"We as parents need be responsible and informed, in order to guide our children to make healthy choices and decisions."
There's been a lot publicity regarding advertising during kids’ television programs, and on what school cafeterias are dishing up. And while it's good to ensure our children are getting healthy types and portions of food for adequate growth and energy, it should not be overdone.
As Diane Abbott, British politician and former shadow minister for public health, puts it:
"Families are struggling against a tide of junk information on junk food."
Also, banning advertising will not make 'unhealthy' food go away.