Super Size Me Part I

After years of recommendations I finally got around to watching Super Size Me. Well, I must say that America and the rest of the world really haven’t listened to John Banzhaf and his message as the waistlines have continued to increase and people around the world continue to consume large amounts of fast foods and generally unhealthy amounts of food.  Watching this movie really opened my eyes to a pandemic that is directly impacting our way of life.

Some people say there’s no conspiracy and that people should moderate themselves but it’s much more difficult than that.  Some say it’s about personal responsibility and it’s not up to our governments, but what was government created for? Governments were created to be the voice of the people. If the government cannot regulate companies who are spreading this toxic filth across our countries then who will? Sure we can choose, but it’s not a fair fight. Advertising power of these companies is strong and although you think it has nothing to do with your choice, it’s actually psychological. We are addicts, conditioned from an early age to find satiety in sugar, refined grains and fatty foods.

Consider these things.

1. Both parents are working long hours due to the fact that cost of living is increasing and families cannot survive on one income. We barely have the time to prepare meals for ourselves and can’t be bothered to plan ahead and prepare meals in advance. Mom runs by McDonalds on the way home or calls in an order of this sugar filled, high calorie, fake food.

2. From the time we are children we are taught that sugar is a reward and that if we eat those “yucky” vegetables then we can have some sugar.

3. Sugar has a neurological impact, not only causing the release of insulin, but giving the body a high which it will quickly come down from. With drug addictions people need progressively more in order to feel the same impact. We often don’t pay attention to our addiction to sugar because it’s hidden from us. It’s in our breads, ketchup, salad dressings, candies and cakes are obvious.

4. The marketing machines of the fast food restaurants spend way more money than the organics or health food industry in order to be inside your home at all times, from television, radio and internet.

Unfortunately we associate fast foods with comfort, attaching good memories to these foods and their taste. I can tell you that I have great memories of McDonalds; memories of my father showing up to school with a bag of McDonalds for my lunch and feeling so great that my dad was the only dad to drop by the school and bring me lunch. The other kids were always jealous of this relationship, but it’s memories like this that shape and embed deep within my mind when it comes to the feelings associated with food.

Whether I consciously realize it or not my food choices have been molded from early on and it is a constant battle to make the right choices when it comes to food. As with any addiction the first step to recovery is admitting that you have one. So take some time and sit back and think about your food choices and think about why you are craving. Understanding this can help you along your road to a happier, healthier you!

Check out Super Size Me.

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About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

3 Responses to Super Size Me Part I

  1. Linda says:

    Watching too much TV while in Guam, stumbled on an infomercial for a bodyshaper. They were in a dept store having women try on this shaper which reduced waist size by several inches. One woman’s comment was ‘too many donuts’ After putting on the bodyshaper, comment by the host was ‘you can still have the donuts’. These were women that had extra body fat. Most of the tourists on Guam are Japanese, mostly petite, The locals however, suffer the same fate of their US mainland compatriots. I walked from my hotel to the world’s largest KMart. When I mentioned this to a local bus driver, he said Guamanians don’t walk. Guam is definitely the US…Taco Bell, McDs, etc., etc.

    • When I studied the globalization of sports in graduate school I never thought of the devastating impact of the globilization of food and culture. Terribly unfortunate that it will wipe out the lesser educated, lesser fortunate populations of the world that don’t know or understand the affects of poor food choices and inactivity on the body.

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