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interesting but extraneous info from one of our lectures. no, this is not info i failed haha

interesting but extraneous info from one of our lectures. no, this is not info i failed haha



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    • How America got so fat…and so SICK!:
    • We are fatter and sicker than ever
    • We compensate by taking pills and going on fad diets
    • But the fact is…our fast-food diets and sedentary lifestyle is trumping the advances in medical science that have been responsible for at least 4 decades of decreasing death rates from heart disease.
    • The hard truth ….whatever shape healthcare reform ultimately takes---it won’t matter—because as a nation we won’t be able to pay for it.
    • If we don’t halt and reverse the obesity epidemic—our heath care system will be bankrupted by the sheer numbers of sick Americans!
    • The prediction is that our current population—ages 30-45 could have the dubious distinction of being the “sickest generation.”
    • For the first time in history…heart attacks are on the rise for this age-group .
    • Without immediate intervention…for the first time in modern history…we will start to see a reduction in life span. 
    • We are now experiencing an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
    • Why?
    • The genesis of fast-food and
    • sedentary lifestyle which has become toxic.
    • How did it begin?....
    • 1873 at the Vienna World’s Fair
    • Steel roller mill debut—this machine would herald the age of “refined grains” and thus white-flour based products became affordable—leading to an explosion in consumption of “empty calories.”
    • Next came two game changers…
    • The home refrigerator and the family car.
    • By 1910 refrigerators were fairly commonplace---to stock up on foods.
    • By 1930’s food transported on refrigerated trucks or by rail.
    • This meant---we were no longer shopping for fresh local food and smaller corner markets were replaced by larger grocery stores.
    • And by the 1950’s—as the family car became commonplace—no one even needed to walk to the store.
    • And the march of technology continued…
    • The shelf life of already-bad-for-you baked goods became further extended with partially hydrogenated oils known as trans fats—really took hold in the 80’s.
    • Now we can’t live without…
    • Canned goods
    • Frozen foods
    • Pre-packaged foods
    • Frozen—TV dinners
    • There was a slow shift, at first, in the family dinner
    • Which changed dramatically—with the advent of the fast-food restaurant.
    • now we embrace fast-food restaurants as part of our routine of daily living:
    • And then there was Twinkies…. 
    • Invented in 1930
    • Still made in Chicago
    • Originally made with banana filling
    • Selling 2 for 5¢
    • 1999, President Clinton selected the Twinkie to be preserved in the nation’s millennium time capsule as an enduring American icon.
    • In 2005—Americans spent $47 million/yr
    • 1,000 are made/minute
    • Which equals 500 million/year!
    • Baked for 10 minutes
    • Cream filling injected through three holes in the top, but flipped after baking—so the rounded bottom becomes the top!
    • Has a long shelf life---why?