Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Chew 'til You Spew

I know that yesterday I posted that I was going to take a few days off and give the Oracle a rest, but last night on the teevee news there was an interesting juxtaposition of stories that spoke volumes about our culture here in the land of plenty. Well, alright if you prefer, the land of gluttony.

One of the stories celebrated National Cheeseburger Day by featuring a cheeseburger slider eating contest sponsored by the burger chain BGR. In the following video you may watch contestants cramming their faces with the BGR cheeseburgers after dipping them in pitchers of water to make them go down easier. How tasty does that sound?

Immediately prior to watching this rather disgusting display of over indulgence and lack of taste, the viewing audience was treated to a news story about the growing obesity epidemic that is sweeping over this country.

By 2030 more than half the people in the vast majority of states will be obese.

Mississippi, for instance, is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts 67 percent of that state’s adults will be obese by 2030; that would be an astounding increase from Mississippi’s current 35 percent obesity rate.

The new projections were released Tuesday by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two organizations regularly report on obesity to raise awareness, and they rely on government figures.

From an article on WebMD: "One of the biggest health stories of the year has been the rise in obesity among both adults and children in the U.S. We've all heard so much about the 'obesity epidemic' that it's easy to think the story is being blown out of proportion. After all, people putting on a few pounds may not seem to warrant the proclamation of a national emergency.

Experts agree that as more and more obese children become obese adults, the diseases associated with obesity, such as heart disease, cancer, and especially diabetes will surge. That will mean a lot of sick people
[sick people without insurance if the Republicans have their way]."

So, what are we doing to stop this obesity epidemic? Not a whole heck of a lot of anything. It used to be that we humans would eat because we were hungry and because food was necessary to sustain life. It now appears that eating, or should I say gorging on food has become a sport, a contest if you will.

Gluttons are treated as victors whose feats are to be revered. I cite this BGR contest and any of the Adam Richman shows on the Food Channel as prime examples of supporters of this dangerous trend of ingesting to the point of violent regurgitation. That's cause for celebration?

As the land of the fat and home to the average, it would appear that this country's priorities are askew. How sad, but how ironic - featuring a food orgy and a report on obesity back to back!

Could one be contributing to the other?

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