(CARLSBAD, CA) – It’s a typical Friday night. You meet your friends at a trendy restaurant, catch a flick at the local theater, and lounge in a nearby coffee shop listening to acoustic artists. It seems harmless. The only problem is the cheese fries that you split at the restaurant for an appetizer, the buttered popcorn that you passed back and forth down the aisle at the movies, and the cheesecake that you nursed alongside your cup of decaf at the café.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – The iced mocha in the morning, the Oreo cookie shake at lunchtime, the smoothie for a mid-afternoon snack, and the soda at dinnertime … they’re all part of the typical American diet. And they’re adding inches to our waistlines at an alarming rate! Liquid calories, those we take in from beverages, are one of the worst diet disasters of the 21st century.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Spinach in brownies, sweet potatoes in grilled cheese sandwiches, and avocado in chocolate pudding? According to Jessica Seinfeld, wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, these are just a few of the options available to parents who want to sneak a few vegetables into their children’s diets. Ms. Seinfeld’s bestseller, Deceptively Delicious, is just one of the many modern cookbooks making headlines for incorporating healthy foods into popular family favorites.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – You’ve seen it before. The person in the grocery store aisle who intently reads the back of each food label. After reading the labels on three of four products, they carefully place some back on the shelf and select just one for purchase. So, what determines the food that makes the cut? Is it calorie count? Is it fat grams? What’s most important on a food label?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – The results are in. The average American gains one to two pounds during the holiday season. That’s not so bad, right? Wrong!
(CARLSBAD, CA) – The annual routine is always the same. Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, stuff yourself full of turkey and gravy, indulge in a slice of fresh-baked pie, and then lounge on the couch for a full-stomach induced slumber. Round out the day with a couple of football games (viewing, not playing, that is), and your Thanksgiving is complete.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Gigantic portion sizes, sugary sodas, vending machine snacks, fast food, television, video games, sedentary lifestyles…all of these contribute to the obesity rate among American children. And the expanding waistlines of America’s youth are a super-sized problem.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – The results are in. Americans consume gargantuan quantities of sugar everyday. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Americans eat 31 teaspoons of sugar on a daily basis.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Popeye eats his spinach and gains supernatural strength, but the veggie-eating, bicep-bulging cartoon character isn’t enough to convince most Americans to follow suit. In fact, there appears to be a national distaste for leafy greens and their colorful counterparts.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Would you like to supersize that? Shall I show you the dessert menu? How about more chips and salsa? If any of these questions have a familiar ring, then you may be one of the many Americans who dines away from home approximately four times every week.