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Why Do We Eat So Much?

Eating for all the wrong reasons does more damage than we think

Written by Brooke Kittel

I wish I could eat more like my 3-year-old. She seems to be completely in tune to her hunger cues. She only eats when her body needs fuel to carry her to her next adventure, whether it is the trampoline, bike riding or the park swings. I, on the other hand, often eat for all of the wrong reasons. I eat when I am bored, happy, sad, because I’m socializing, because my kids are driving me nuts and, more often than not, just because it is there.

Hundreds of years ago, hunters had to work hard to gather their food. They ate what they needed to sustain their bodies. Today, we have fast food message boards beckoning us to try their special of the day. Hey, why not, you don’t even need to get out of the car. Just drive through and 2,000 extra calories will be yours for the asking price of $2.99. In the grocery store, pre-packaged, processed snacks and meals abound often containing numerous ingredients that no one can pronounce.

Restaurants provide meals fit for the metabolism of two lumberjacks. Well, Americans are paying dearly for these conveniences and portion distortion.

Nearly 34 percent of adults are obese, more than double the percentage 30 years ago. The share of obese children tripled during that time, to 17 percent. As a result, the incidence of illness and disease such as diabetes and heart disease are at epidemic levels.

Article Reviewed: January 8, 2014
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