This past spring during Easter, I went on a well-needed vacation to an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. It is one of the most luxurious resorts in the Caribean. There were more American guests there than any other nationality. I was there for two weeks. But it took only a few days for me to discover that 2 out of every 3 Americans staying at that resort were overweight. Not just a few pounds overweight, mind you, but obese.
Again on Labor Day weekend in Vegas at another posh hotel resort, I noticed the same thing, 2 out of every 3 Americans were obese. The problem is Americans love to eat and what we love most and can’t get enough of is foods rich in carbohydrates and sugar! These two ingredients found in so many of our food products are overall bad for human health and causes excessive weight gain along with heart disease and diabetes. How can that be?
Carbohydrates include simple sugars, starches, sugar alcohols, and fiber. Sugars can include glucose, fructose (fruit sugar), lactose (milk sugar), sucrose (table sugar), and maltose. Many food products contain a complex carbohydrate called maltodextrin which is technically not a sugar. However, it has a glycemic index higher than table sugar.
Most complex carbohydrates, even those from whole grains, are broken down rapidly into simple sugars by our gut bacteria and rapidly absorbed. This means that they behave like simple sugars in terms of their effect on blood glucose and insulin. Carbs and sugar do not digest well and so the body converts them into fat.
It has been estimated that by 2050 1 out of every 3 Americans will have diabetes. Yet, from what I witnessed while on vacation this year, I’d have to disagree with that statistic and say that by 2025, 4 out of every 5 Americans will have diabetes. We will need diabetes clinics in our local communities every 5 miles like we have dry cleaners, nail & hair salons, convenience stores, liquor stores, coffee shops, gas stations, and fast food shops. Like it or not, this is the future for obesity in our country.
Likewise, you can’t walk into the entrance of a local supermarket without noticing display tables stocked high with food products made with an abundance of carbs & sugar. Also, more and more Americans eat out these days. Restaurants and in particular family restaurants are notorious for serving big plates stacked high with foods rich in carbs & sugar. Back in the 50’s dinner plates were around 8 to 9inches. Today they are 12 to 14inches, nearly if not the size of a food serving platter.
Foods rich in carbs and sugars stimulate your overall appetite making them addictive to the body. The food industry is very well aware of this fact. The restaurant industry took in 709.24 billion so far this year. Total retail and food service sales in the United States amounted to about 5.27 trillion U.S. dollars in 2014.
It is no wonder obesity is in epidemic proportions in this country with around 73% of Americans way over a healthy weight. Today it is considered socially acceptable just to love your body the way it is. Well, if we Americans must politically correct, love our bodies so much, then why don’t we at least maintain it at a healthy weight?!
Just how could I tell if they were Americans or foreign guests at these resorts? I could ascertain not only by weight but also by the clothes they wore. Today’s average American citizen is a casual dress junkie. We just love our wash & wear outfits! Casual clothing like jeans, t-shirts, khakis, polo shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, etc. are far more comfortable to wear and so easy to launder with no ironing required. United States Clothing and Accessories Store Sales is at a current level of 21.62 Billion Dollars. A good majority of sales going to casual wash & wear apparel.
But there is a drawback to wash & wear clothing. The more these clothes are worn and then laundered the more the material wears out. The fabric color soon fades and the item itself loses its shape and original labeled size. This means that the average U.S. citizen’s wardrobe consists mainly of dilapidated clothing.
Let’s face it the homeless in this country dress better than the rest of us with a job and home to go to. Why is that? We donate our quality clothing that we hardly wear to those in need and keep the wash & wear for ourselves. Though we provide them with fine-looking outfits to wear, unfortunately, we provide the poor the same unhealthy food that we eat!
It is so hard to fathom such irresponsible human health behavior and sloppy dressing within a nation that offers so much in health care, nutrition, and medicine as well as outdoor activities, exercise products & equipment, fitness gyms and experts. We also have specialized health & age management companies such as Cenegenics Elite Health.
As for better quality clothing, we have so many upscale clothing stores that offer the finest in high-quality materials which wear better and far longer with more eye-pleasing fashion designs.
The fact is millions of Americans are addicted to carbs & sugar and wash & wear. There is no other explanation for the obesity epidemic in this country and the reason a good majority of our citizens are walking around in public dressed worse than our poor and homeless citizens. To sum it all up, it is a Great American Tragedy!