e were just talking about strategies to prevent obesity instead of focusing efforts, especially for children, on treating obesity. I just saw a report that the IOM wants to encourage changing the environmental and societal factors that they believe contribute to obesity: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/08/usa-health-obesity-idUSL1E8G74K720120508
"In an ambitious 478-page report, the IOM refutes the idea that obesity is largely the result of a lack of willpower on the part of individuals. Instead, it embraces policy proposals that have met with stiff resistance from the food industry and lawmakers, arguing that multiple strategies will be needed to make the U.S. environment less "obesogenic."
In my opinion, yes, societal factors must be changed...meaning the EDUCATION of children AND adults on the basics of healthy, lower calorie eating. Enviromental changes referred to above are meaningless. If someone wants to walk, they can....this does NOT require sidewalks, for goodness sake! Lack of sidewalks is just an excuse that people use not to walk.
Getting back to basic education on lower calorie choices, I JUST got done eating a buffet meal at a casino hotel in Joliet, IL, my hometown (I'm sitting at a PC in the hotel business office). Guess what the name of the buffet restaurant is: "PAULA DEEN'S KITCHEN". Can you believe it...meaning after all the blog posts we had recently on Ms. Dean!
I tried to find a NON-fried or lower fat protein on the buffet bar, but could not. My choices (as I sit here bloated to the gills) were: fried catfish. fried shrimp, bar-b-q ribs, fried chicken, and prime rib.
The side dishes were just as bad: mac and cheese, sour cream mashed potatoes, cheesey biscuits, green beans with bacon, etc.
IF people are NOT educated on lower calorie choices, they are risk for obesity.
That's my 2 cents.
Stuffed and uncomfortable on high fat, high calorie food,
Mary Ann Hodorowicz, RD. CDE, MBA. CEC