I am watching Weight of the Nation that I DVR'ed from HBO, but you can watch it for free here (link) online. It's both fascinating and depressing. Childhood obesity at record levels in the US. Fatty liver disease, in CHILDREN, found in autopsies... a disease that didn't exist 30 years ago is not found in 38% of obese children. 30 year longitudinal studies on entire towns. It's incredibly factual, stark, and enlightening. I'm only on episode 1 of a 4 part series.. but wow... should be required watching for ever American school child and every parent of a school aged child. I've never seen so many fat people on TV before... one after another after another.. in the school yard, on the bus, in the cafeterias, at the Dr's office, at buffets.... yikes. It's worse than a German vacation spot in Italy or the Canary Islands!
I hope being "the fat kid" that I was (3rd fattest kid in my parochial grade school class, from 2nd to 8th grade) didn't damage my heart and liver substantially in the long term, and that the almonds, red wine, desert mountain climbing, swimming, and stationary bike riding I am doing are reversing all that artery clogging franken foods my parents fed me as a kid.
1 year ago