Thursday, May 15, 2008

Obesity a cause for Global Warming?

Here's an interesting tid-bit from Reuters:

www.reuters.com/article/newsOne

Apparently the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with leading researchers Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts have determined that obesity contributes to global warming. They weigh their findings on obese people needing to take in more calories per day, requiring more fuel to transport themselves, and overall placing greater burden on already strained food and fuel resources.

The WHO (World Health Organization) says that we have over 400 million obese people around the world, with an expected 700 million by 2015. They also estimate that 2.3 billion people will be overweight by 2015 in general.

We recognize obesity is an epidemic in our country, with childhood obesity creating huge health problems for kids before they even graduate high school! The main culprit for obesity is processed foods, soda, fast foods and of course little to no regular exercise.

We highlight childhood obesity because if we can teach kids at a young age how to recognize the difference between healthy eating and unhealthy eating, and these children can take that message home to their parents and families, then we might just have a shot at preventing this crazy spread of childhood diabetes going on.

To learn more you can visit www.LunchLessons.org and see how Ann Cooper has completely turned around the Berkeley, California school system (and is doing her part to influence school lunch programs nationally). Ann teaches kids how to plant and harvest organic gardens, how to prepare delicious recipes and how to teach their parents about good nutrition. Ann's program directly ties healthy diets to better performance in school, practical elimination of ADD and ADHD in kids, and best of all, a complete turn around in childhood obesity!

We can all do more by eating less, but eating better foods. Living longer, having more energy and feeling happy to slow down and enjoy the smaller portions on our plates.

Peace, Love, and Organics!
your Hippy Gourmet Familly

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