Why are so many Americans fat and unhealthy? Keep asking long enough and you'll get a bunch of answers.
Some people will tell you, "It's those darn ad agencies peddling all that junk on us!" Others might contend lifestyle is the problem, sedentary jobs being a classic example. And of course you've got the genetics contingency, "My mother and father were fat, so were their parents, and their parent's parents, so it's not my fault I'm single-handedly supporting the local fast food industry!"
I think most people are unhealthy or overweight because they make bad dietary decisions, sometimes spitefully. Let me explain what I mean.
This weekend I was watching a news report on "Baseball's Best Burger." Ever heard of it? It's the number one attraction of the Gateway Grizzlies, a minor league baseball team in Illinois. This burger is Dr. Fuhrman's worst nightmare.
First you grill up a thick juicy piece of cow, top with cheese and bacon, and then (brace yourself) you sandwich it between two halves of a grilled Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnut. This burger is so unhealthy, that if you asked me years ago before I even knew who Dr. Fuhrman was, I still wouldn't have eaten one.
As part of the feature the reporter interviewed local fans about the burger. Everyone crowed about how strangely good it tasted. Given the number of Atkins disciples out there I wasn't surprised (although even they'd scoff at the doughnut), but it wasn't until they talked to one particular gentleman that I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
The man was seated at a picnic table eagerly chomping away at one of these burgers. He was older, maybe late fifties or early sixties, and looking pretty overweight. When asked to give his opinion on the burger he gave quite the glowing endorsement, in fact he said that despite his DIABETES after he finished the one he was eating he'd probably go order another.
Pretty amazing right? Here you have an older, overweight man with diabetes eating arguably the unhealthiest creation on the planet, and doing so in spite of his illness. Where's the logic in that? Sure diabetes is a terrible burden, but how does eating something clearly horrible for you help matters? Does he think by eating two of these burgers he's saying, "Ha diabetes I showed you!" Whether you're sick or not, when you indulge in food like Baseball's Best Burger you're only hurting yourself. Any disease (in this cases diabetes) is not separate from you, it's part of you!
I think this is why so many people are unhealthy and overweight. They distance themselves from what they eat. It's as if they never heard the expression "you are what you eat." I also think this is a major reason why so many people take umbrage with Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live plan. Some people don't want to believe that certain foods just aren't health promoting no matter how good they taste, consequently so many people refuse to give them up; even if they've developed a diet related disease like diabetes. I guess it's too hard to accept that you can't have your cake and eat it too or in this case burger, bacon, cheese, and doughnut.
Here's what Dr. Fuhrman had to say about this whole thing:
Food is addicting in proportion to its unhealthiness. Until people learn about toxic hunger and food addiction they won't understand how our ability to think rationally about what we eat is clouded by addiction, and the drive of the addicted individual to avoid the discomfort and anxiety that change provokes.