Friday, July 17, 2009

Obesity growing issue, especially among children

One factor cannot be denied — high fructose corn syrup is a major component of the American diet and is unquestionably a contributing factor to the rise of obesity.

Theories and hypotheses abound as to why obesity has become epidemic in the United States. Two-thirds of American adults are overweight, and as many as 30 percent of our children are overweight. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 25 years and is a statistic that is truly alarming and needs to be addressed immediately.

Pollution in our environment, toxicity of food supply, profusion of personal computers, the increase of super-sized portions, couch potato positions and troubled economical times certainly play a part in the super-sized waistline expansion. But if one delves beyond the obvious, a common denominator factor is quite clear. Saving pennies is a goal of families and businesses. If we could only look into the hourglass of time, we would realize the "price" for our frugality might be quite costly.

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