Gardening And Eating For Better Health – Save’s You A lot Of Money As Well…

Source Document: Web-MD – Percentage of Overweight, Obese Americans Swells By Bill Hendrick, WebMD Health News – dated Feb 10, 2010.
The Average American should not consume more that 1,800 to 2,000 calories a day to maintain good health and a healthy weight.

Americans are Fat and getting Fatter. Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which shows that 63.1% of adults in the U.S. were either overweight or obese in 2009. This survey finds that 36.6% of Americans are overweight and 26.5%(fat) are obese(really fat).

Obese people are less likely than (normal)people in every other weight category to have eaten five servings of fruits and vegetables on at least three of the past seven days. Obese Americans also are less likely to say they ate healthy “all day yesterday.”

Body mass index (BMI) is a common measure of body fat based on height and weight. (Calculate your body mass index) BMI Cacculator A BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese, overweight if it’s between 25-29.9 and normal if it’s 18.5-24.9.
obese(fat people) are far more likely to report being diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or to have had a heart attack.

* This survey found that African Americans in 2009 were among the most likely to be obese, at 36.2%, Hispanics at 28.3%, compared to the national average of 26.5%. {Don’t let that smaller percentage rate of 26.5% fool you. Having 1/4 (25 in every hundred people) fat is not a good thing.}

* Of people with high blood pressure, 46.2% were obese, 31.1% were overweight, 19.3% were of normal weight.
* Of people with high cholesterol, 36.8% were obese, 30.1% overweight, 19.2% were normal weight.
* Of people with diabetes, 21.1% were obese, 9.8% overweight, 5% were normal weight.
* Of people reporting heart attacks, 6.3% were obese, 4.8% overweight, 3.3% were normal weight.
* Of depressed people, 23.3% were obese, 15.3% overweight, 15% were normal weight.

Portion Distortion: Serving Sizes
Portions today are far bigger than in the past, which often means we’re taking in far more calories than we realize. Larger plates, cup holders, muffin tins and pizza pans are becoming the norm. Fast food restaurants feature super sized meals for just a few cents more. Portion sizes of virtually all foods and beverages have increased and now appear typical. {Big plates and huge soft drinks = Huge Fat Ass People!}

A single meal may contain a day’s worth of calories. Several studies published in 2003 documented increases in portion sizes for many popular foods. This amounts to an additional 50-150 calories per meal. You may say “So what’s the big deal, what’s the harm of eating a few extra calories here and there?” The answer is simple: Consuming an extra 100 calories from soft drinks and snacks every day, you will pack on an extra 10 pounds or more pounds of weight in a year.

A small, two and a half ounce serving of french fries has 210 calories, compared to a whopping 610 calories in the large seven ounce size. A 12 ounce fountain soft drink contributes (12.5 calories per ounce) 150 calories to a meal, a mega size 64 ounce soda contributes 800 calories! {That boy’s and girl’s is why you can’t get your fat as in a airplane seat!}

If you drink that huge soft drink and eat a super-sized hamburger meal that would total about 2,000 calories in one sitting. {200 calories more than most people need to eat in a single day!}

Most marketplace portions are at least two times, and sometimes as much as eight times, greater than standard recommended serving sizes based on the USDA Food Guide (Pyramid) chart or on food label standards established by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, showed that when people buy large size bags of just about anything, they will eat more at one sitting, which can increase food consumption by up to 43 percent.

Learn to read and understand the difference in container size and serving size.
French fries                    – small 2.4 ounces      large – 7.1 ounces (3 servings)
Fountain soda               – 7.0 ounces                 large – 12 to 64 ounces (2 to 9 servings)
Hamburger patty       – 1.6 ounces                   large – 4 to 8.0 ounces (2 1/2 to 5 servings)
Hamburger sandwich- 3.9 ounces                 large – 4.4 to 12.6 ounces (1 to 3 servings)
Muffin – 3.0 ounces                                             large – 6.5 ounces (2 servings)
Pasta serving – 1.5 cups                                    large – 3.0 cups (2 servings)
Pasta sauce – 1/2 cup                                        jar – 3 cups (6 servings)
Canned vegetables – 1/2 cup                         can 14 ounce (3 1/2 servings)
Chocolate bar – 1 ounce                                   large – 2.6 to 8 ounces (2 1/2 to 8 servings)
Potato chips – 1 1/2 ounce                             Bag 10.5 ounce – (7 servings){note-1 1/2 ounce is about 17 chips}
Corn chips – 1 ounce                                        Bag 10 ounce – (10 servings) {note-1 ounce is about 10 chips)

Garden fresh vegetables, raw, steamed, boiled, broiled, roaster are all good for you healthy foods that are Low in calories and fat. Break the salt habit and use herbs to spice up your garden fresh vegetables.

Never buy another bottle of (insert brand name here) high fat, high salt, high calorie, salad dressing again. Use high fat mayonnaise sparingly in making your own homemade salad dressings.
Keep in mind that 2 tablespoons of bottled prepared salad dressings contain from 150 to 225 calories. You can very easily add 500 or more calories to an other wise fat free, calorie free home grown vegetable salad.

Starbucks Coffee Calorie and Nutrition chart

Not from the USA. Please leave me comment about your home town and country.

Why is common sense so uncommon?
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2 responses to “Gardening And Eating For Better Health – Save’s You A lot Of Money As Well…

  1. Got the same kind of problems in the UK. Increasingly, the menus give you the option of paying just a bit more for a bigger portion (as though the smaller one isn’t big enough!).
    There is one problem with BMI in that it doesn’t take into account muscle mass. I took up karate 6 months ago and have lost a lot of size round my midriff but the scales are still showing the same weight. There is now the idea that it’s your waist size that indicates health better, though I am sure there will soon be a study which disproves this, too.


    • Re: silverbells2012
      Your correct that the BMI based in the old height / weight chart is only a good indicator.
      If you are at or near the over weight stage based in the height / weight chart you should visit your doctor for a full , professional evaluation.

      Thanks for visiting my little blog.


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