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Old 01-19-2010, 04:18 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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A lot has been said about increasing rates of obesity, both on this forum and off. However, I am witnessing a counter-trend at my college, and I'm sure students and professors at other colleges are seeing this too. This trend consists of two things:

1. Healthy eating choices made by students
2. Going to the gym

On 1., my small school has a lone snack bar, and at this snack bar there is a multitude of unhealthy food: burgers, cheese sticks, fried chicken strips, etc. There is also a relatively small selection of healthy food (salads, hummus, etc.) More often than not, I see the latter being brought to the tables or class.

On 2., it seems that EVERY residential student uses the gym. (I don't know about commuter students like me, although it is free to use for us). Practically everybody devotes some time to "working out".

As an at least partial result of these two things, obese students are an unusual sight, and overweight students a small minority.

Have you noticed these "counter-trends" among young people?
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:48 PM
Location: Mayberry
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Well unfortunately this Halloween was an eyeopener for me as my child is 34 and I was at a house giving out treats and the number of over weight/obese children was astounding. Some were so out of breath and there wasn't even a hill to climb. It was so sad. So I haven't observed children in numbers as I did that night.
This county has a (I would say) high rate of obese persons, children and adults.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:56 PM
Location: Florida
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The flavor enhancer MSG (monosodium glutamate) is linked to obesity.

http://http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080813164638.htm (broken link)

This neurotoxin is in almost everything these days.
It has multiple aliases so you don't always recognize it when you read labels.
You do read labels, don't you?

Go here for a list of those names:http://http://truthinlabeling.org/ (broken link)

There is also a lot of information on this site that should give you cause for concern.
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:50 PM
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I blame everyone but me

You notice this because high school/college kids know they can't get laid if they're a fatso. Try walking around the mall for a little while and check all the fatties in there.
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:47 PM
Location: In the real world!
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The sad part of it all is the obese adults teach their bad eating habits to their children. Just look in their buggies at the grocery check out.. soda's, chips, cookies, snack cakes, pizza's, chicken nuggets, fries ect...

I work with a obese guy who brags about the horrible, fattening, unhealthy, foods he cooks for his kids and how much they love it.

But, I have also noticed at work, more and more are getting on the healthy eating band wagon and are working on loosing weight.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:51 PM
Location: chicago,Il. USA
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Just watch some of the adds on tv for the fast food places, they have super big meal deals, super whopper burgers that weigh about 1 pound and biggie orders of fries.
No wonder over 1 billion people in this country are obese and the grammer school age kids don't go out after school and play football or baseball anymore, they sit in front of the tv or computer and eat until its time for supper, and then its something that the parents brought home, like a pizza or chinese food.
This generation of children won't out live there parents. What a shame
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