1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie,

 

Fast food’s slow damage

 

By Mike Derry

January 31, 2010

BUNDABERG residents have got the message on takeaway food’s effects on both their health and their hip pockets, new research has found.

A survey commissioned by Suncorp Bank has found just 7 per cent of the region’s residents admit to spending up to $100 a week on takeaway food and eating out.

This contrasts with Brisbane, Cairns and Mackay, where 19% of residents will spend up to the $100 mark.

However, the research also revealed the vast majority of Bundaberg district residents (91%) own up to spending up to $50 a week on takeaways and eating out.

Bundaberg dietician Sue Norrish said, apart from being very expensive, takeaway foods were generally over-refined and over-fatted, and contained a high proportion of damaging transfats.

“They use up all the antioxidants in the body,” Ms Norrish said.

“Then you have to go for even more salads and fresh foods to make up for what the transfats have done to your body.”

Ms Norrish said that transfats were responsible for a spiral of damage as they led to even more unhealthy food.

“Flavour comes from fat in many cases,” she said.

“The manufacturers put yeast in the food and that absorbs flavour, so they have to add sugar to stimulate kids’ tastebuds.” (Revelation 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. [Saints See: Firms 'sell sugar and fat to kids' - Children will fall prey to powerful junk food companies if they are not taught to like healthier options, Prue Leith said. The decline of family sit-down meals and the rise of the "snacking all-day culture" threatens to undo recent good work to get youngsters interested in healthy food, Ms Leith said. In a speech as she stepped down as chair of the School Food Trust after three years, she said she was "scared" by the power of manufacturers to sell junk to children. "With the demise of the family knees-under-the-table meal and the rise of the snacking-all-day culture, we could see our advances undone in the next generation," Ms Leith said. "We need to go on teaching children about food, and how to cook, and how to eat, for ever. "Until we accept that teaching children to like good food is as important to their future success as being literate or numerate, children will inevitably succumb to the blandishments of the chip, crisp, and chocolate manufacturers, who have massive marketing budgets and know how to sell sand to Bedouins - selling sugar, salt and fat to kids is a walk in the park."] 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, [Saints See: Food industry continues to market junk food to children - A study conducted by Children Now, a California-based child advocacy group, has been released that indicts the food industry for continuing to market unhealthy food to children. Despite many food companies' expressed willingness in years prior to self-regulate themselves and shift their advertising efforts towards more healthy fare, little change has been seen.
In 2006, the Institute of Medicine (IM) made recommendations to the food industry to reform their marketing strategies towards promoting more healthy, nutritious food rather than junk food. In 2007, the U.S. Council of Better Business Bureaus launched the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, an effort aimed at meeting the IM recommendations. Over 12 of the nation's largest food producers agreed to cooperate in changing their advertising strategies.
The current study found that despite their promises, the food industry has generally failed to adopt any of the primary recommendations. Advertisements continue to entice children with nutritionally-deficient foods that are attractive to them, often trying to pass their products off as healthy when they are not.
Dr. Dale Kunkel, the author of the study, has concluded based on years of research that the marketing of junk food is a substantial contributor to childhood obesity. More than 72 percent of television food advertisements aimed at children today are for food products in the worst nutritional category. Only one percent of all advertising is for truly healthy foods.
Prior to 2005 when the initiative began, 84 percent of television ads were for food products in the worst nutritional category, representing a 14-percent drop since that time. Dr. Kunkel sees this as too little and is hoping that Congressional intervention will be the next step.
Comments by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Let's be straight about this: Any nation that wanted to protect the health of its children would flat-out ban the marketing of junk food to children.
The junk food corporations, of course, now claim "free speech" rights thanks to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively grants corporations the same free speech rights as individuals. So now we're going to be overrun by "free speech" advertisements for junk food, targeted to children and infants in order to hook them on processed junk foods.
Corporations should be stripped of such rights. The corporatocracy cannot be allowed to poison our children with more toxic junk foods and sodas laced with chemical sweeteners.
The United States of America is supposed to be a nation of the People, by the People and for the People... not for the corporations!
Any nation that raises its children on junk foods has no real future. Sadly, that now seems to include the United States of America. End.][Saints See: Obesity: Corporate sector backtracks on fat facts - When policymakers realised a few years just how fast obesity rates were rising, food companies were caught off guard.
Criticised for producing too much junk food, makers of fizzy drinks, chocolate and crisps claimed the obesity epidemic was not their fault. Lack of exercise, not diets, was the problem, food companies said.
But early attempts to dodge responsibility backfired as the extent of the obesity problem became clear.
The World Health Organisation considers obesity an epidemic.
Neville Rigby, an independent consultant on obesity and health policy, says: “The food industry has failed to make healthier products the mainstream offering ... it must do more.”
mcdonalds_iwo_jima.jpg (123389 bytes)Mr Rigby criticises confectionery and snack foods makers for continuing to promote their products, such as offering three for the price of two, as well as introducing processed foods into emerging markets where people have traditionally had a healthier diet due to the absence of manufactured foods.] 1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; [Saints See: Staggering Mexico Child Obesity Fueled by Fast Food, Lack of Exercise - Seventy percent of Mexican adults are overweight, and Mexico's children are the fastest-growing overweight group in the nation, according to the Houston Chronicle.
More than three times as many adults in Mexico are obese compared to 30 years ago, and a third of Mexican school children and teenagers are overweight, making Mexico the second-heaviest country in the world -- right behind their neighbors to the north.
hillary_genaro_garcia_luna.jpg (65795 bytes)[Comment: Looks like the U.S and Mexico are spending millions of your tax dollars fighting the wrong war?] According to the Chronicle, Mexicans are eating more and exercising less, piling on the American-style fast food and foregoing traditional meals for fried and packaged foods, as well as sugary sodas and candy.
nancy_reagan_just_say_no.jpg (21572 bytes)With the recent initiative by US first lady Michelle Obama to fight childhood obesity, a close eye will be on the fast food industry to determine its role, if any, in fighting this weighty epidemic.] Colossians 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21(Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? [Saints See: Nation’s diabetes epidemic has serious consequences for Kansas - In 2008, more than one in four Kansans were considered obese — a number that has increased by 76 percent in the past 15 years.
With extra weight come serious consequences. Chief among them is the explosion in the number of adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
“’Epidemic’ is a strong word and, yet, that is exactly what this is,” said Jon Stewart, CEO of the Leo Center, which offers health care through its medical clinic. “This isn’t a virus. This is not a bacterial infection. This is born largely out of choices people make again and again and again.”
A tidal wave
About 170,000 people in Kansas have diabetes, and another 113,000 Kansans are estimated to have the disease but have not been tested for it. In 2008, 7.7 percent of the Kansas population had diabetes. Fifteen years ago, the number was at 4.1 percent.
“We are looking at something that was once a rare disease that is becoming increasingly common. And it is becoming more common every year,” said Jason Eberhart-Phillips, state health officer for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Along with ‘epidemic,’ Eberhart-Phillips uses a more colorful description for the number of escalating diabetes cases: a tidal wave.
So, how big of a tidal wave is it?
Children born in the year 2000 have a one in three chance of becoming diabetic.
“Frankly, when it gets to that point, that is going to be so big a hole on our economy. You can kind of forget about all the other things we would like to do in terms of education and improving the quality of life for people,” Eberhart-Phillips said. “Because it is going to be a matter of survival and trying to contain the exploding cost this totally preventable problem is causing us.”
An entire economy
Diabetes is an expensive disease.
Self-employed and diabetic, Glenn Bartlett spends $300 a month on medicine and had to shell out almost $14,000 on medical bills last year.
“And I never went to the hospital,” the 56-year-old Eudora man said.
Diabetics have to test their blood sugar daily, sometimes three to four times a day. Those test strips run about a dollar apiece and over a year can add up to more than $1,000. Then there are the blood sugar monitors, medication and, for more severe diabetics, insulin. Now take what Bartlett pays in a year and multiply that by the 23 million other Americans who have diabetes and then add in the complications that accompany the disease: blindness, kidney failure, amputation and heart attacks.]
Job 36:13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath:  Revelation 18:23 for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. [Saints See: Society to kids: You're on your own - Last week, the Chicago Tribune featured a front page report on the marketing of sugar-saturated, nutrient-deficient cereals to kids. It revealed how in spite of a commitment by leading cereal companies in 2006 to market more healthy options to children under 12, most had made very little progress since: still "aggressively" promoting unhealthy products and, what's worse, under fraudulent promises like a "nutritious way to start the day."
"Now more than two-thirds of the cereals advertised by members participating in the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative--including General Mills, Kellogg, Post and Quaker--have 11 grams of sugar or less per serving," Julie Deardorff reported for the Tribune.
In the 1980s, 100 million was spent selling kids commodities. Three decades later, more than $17 billion is surrendered annually to this end. There's a reason why, and it's not so hard to come by: children, vulnerable to catchy slogans and enrapturing graphics, can persuade parents into doing things they normally would want no part of. If you've ever watched a kid convulsing by a cereal aisle, you understand how easily cajoled parents are into satisfying kids' desires--even when deleterious to their wellbeing.

Early December last year, USA TODAY published a stunning exposé which revealed how tainted beef, deemed unsafe by public health officials, was shipped to school cafeterias and served to students. The report, implicating corruption and negligence and graft as enabling the galling episode, merely confirmed the obvious: kids--or "stray animals," as some enlightened South Carolina gubernatorial candidate recently described--are not a healthy investment.
It would be just as pointless to call for government regulations because, like it or not, many elected officials "work in cahoots with the cooperations." Take, for example, Michael Taylor, current senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA, who worked previously as lawyer and, later, Vice President for Public Policy of biotech giant Monsanto.
The bigger problem, Croxton suggests, is the responsibility of parents to make more ethical choices on behalf of their kids. Often times, what is advertised on TV or displayed on billboards, or composed as Rap jingles, or endorsed by star athletes, ends up "not just as a treat--these are the kids' diets." And the alarm bells should ring much louder in parents' heads because "you can't develop [kids'] brains and bodies without proper ingredients."
Most kids watch TV for 4 hours or more daily. Studies show kids are exposed to over 30,000 TV ads annually. Consider how retooled the brains of such kids become after ingraining series of commercials suggesting sugary cereals, greasy burgers, artificially-flavored pop drinks, sodium-rich snacks, genetically-modified fruits are the only options worth considering when shopping at the grocery store or lunching at a fast food canteen.
We live in a society that has convinced itself kids aren't worth the wait anymore. It is now more rational to medicate or incarcerate misbehaving children, rather than seek therapeutic avenues that offer multi-dimensional aid. It is now more rational to bombard kids with fast food and other forms of unhealthy diets, rather than provide nutritionally-balanced options that foster proper-eating habits and reduce sickness and disease. It is now more rational and natural to abandon kids in front of TV screens, exposed to unregulated streams of insidious programming, rather than spend quality time in democratic dialogue about our world and its challenges.][Saints See:
Nurseries feed children junk food - As part of the Better Nursery Food Now campaign, undercover mums are being recruited to report on the quality of food being fed to young children in nurseries.
It follows concerns that youngsters are being fed on a budget of only 25p a meal and served up junk food.
The campaign is being run by the Soil Association and baby food manufacturer Organix and has seen the launch of a Facebook campaign calling on the government to set clear nutritional standards for all nurseries.
A petition has attracted more than 4,000 signatures and parents can also post their experiences of nursery food on the site.
A Soil Association spokeswoman said: "There are all these amazing things that have happened for school meals, but nothing for children in nurseries – who are arguably the most vulnerable. We think this is unacceptable, and we want changes to be made urgently."]

fast_food_restaurants_nyc.jpg (160232 bytes)[Saints See: What's on the menu? Food facts - Swati Kapoor, 25, was about to order a double chocolate cake doughnut when she noticed something new on the rack at Dunkin' Donuts. A tag said 290 calories. In an instant, she switched to a chocolate frosted doughnut (230 calories).
"To prevent obesity," the skinny medical student explained, munching away at a table in 30th Street Station.
Philadelphia begins phasing in enforcement of its strictest-in-the-nation menu-labeling law tomorrow. This first part, requiring chain restaurants to list calories on food tags and menu boards, is a relatively simple proposition that research shows can influence ordering habits.
A similar law will take effect in New Jersey next year, and dozens of such bills are pending around the country, including in Harrisburg.
What's different in Philadelphia will become apparent on April 1, when restaurants with individual menus must list saturated fats, trans fats, carbohydrates, and sodium, in addition to calories, with every item.
No one really knows what will come of this broader experiment in attempted behavioral change.
Diabetics must manage their intake of carbohydrates (including sugar); too much sodium can raise blood pressure. Both are listed on the familiar nutrition-facts label on all prepackaged goods.
"But it is really hard for people, if they eat out, to know about the sodium content," city Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz said.
At Olive Garden, for example, nothing on the dinner menu hints at a difference between linguine alla marinara (900 milligrams of sodium, according to its Web site) and pork Milanese (3,100 mg) - or notes that the Food and Drug Administration recommends less than 2,300 mg a day total, a line that must be added by April 1.
"It would make a difference," said Nashikai Ianscoli, 57, of Center City, who has had to go on a diet to control her blood pressure. She grew up on a farm in the South where her mother got fresh vegetables by the bushel.
Much has changed since she was a child.
"Back in the 1970s, eating out was a special occasion. What people ate didn't matter as much," said Margo G. Wootan, nutrition-policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Americans now get an estimated one-third of their calories from meals outside the home. And though FDA serving sizes haven't changed, restaurant portions, especially fast food, have doubled or tripled. Skyrocketing obesity rates - one-third of Americans are obese, about the same as in Philadelphia - defied every big fix attempted.][Saints See: Junk food ban just smoke and mirrors
- Once again, the government has utilized a smoke and mirrors campaign to fool us into thinking that they are really doing something when, in fact, they are doing absolutely nothing. This time, they have picked on school food.
At first sight, this appears a good move, but all it does is legitimize the negligence of some parents. Just as the anti-bullying legislation of a few years ago justified those parents who were more comfortable socializing with a TV set than their own teenagers, so this latest caper of the government simply makes it acceptable for some parents to spend more time with their computers than their cook stoves.
To expect schools to compensate for slipshod parenting when children spend 84 per cent of their time out of the classroom is naive, to say the least. Aggressive advertising by the fast food and convenience food industries has far more effect, as our children's waistlines demonstrate.][Saints See: Maryland Activist Aims To Limit Presence Of Fast Food
- Travel along a two-block stretch of Central Avenue in Prince George's County, and you'll find a staggering 11 fast-food restaurants.
For community activist Arthur Turner and state Sen. David C. Harrington (D-Prince George's), the strip is evidence of the proliferation of burger joints and Chinese takeouts in the county, especially in poorer, inner Capital Beltway communities.
Pointing to studies that rank Prince George's residents among the least healthy in Maryland, Turner and Harrington want to limit new fast-food restaurants in the county, a far stricter approach than what has been enacted in such places as New York City and Montgomery County, which banned the use of trans fats in those establishments.
Turner and Harrington say they are concerned that the restaurants contribute to high occurrences of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease and have taken separate paths to deal with the issue.
Turner is negotiating with individual developers, and Harrington has introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would impose a moratorium on issuing licenses to new fast-food businesses.
"Our county is inundated with unhealthy food choices," Turner said. "In some areas, if someone wants a healthy choice, there are no options. We want healthy options in our community."][Saints See:
Taiwan to ban junk food ads on children's TV - Taiwan aims to become of one of the first societies in the world to ban junk food adverts in children's TV programmes in a bid to cut obesity rates, an official said Thursday.
The authorities are drafting a bill to ban such commercials as well as images of smoking in children's programmes, following the lead of Britain and South Korea, said an official at the Bureau of Health Promotion.
The bill will also introduce the world's first tax on food deemed unhealthy, such as sugary drinks, candy, cakes, fast food and alcohol.
Taiwan would be the first government in the world to impose a junk food tax if the bill is passed, according to the John Tung Foundation, a local health advocacy group.
dominos_taiwan.jpg (124641 bytes)Overweight problems are getting worse in Taiwan, with 25 to 30 percent of children obese or overweight, according to data from the foundation.])

She said the intense flavours in takeaway foods destroyed the tastebuds so people could not taste the milder flavours contained in healthy fruit and vegetables.

Clients often came to her for advice on how to get their children off eating fast foods, as well as for mineral supplements to replace the minerals they were not getting from their diets.

But cutting out takeaways can benefit the hip pocket as well, according to Suncorp Bank regional general manager Greg Leahy.

He said people feeling the pinch after Christmas and the new year may want to start concentrating on better money management habits. (Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday,)

“Cutting down on takeaway food and eating out is a great way to make your waistline shrink and your bank balance grow,” he said.

“Everyone enjoys the luxury of dining at a nice restaurant or ordering takeaway after a busy day, but the pleasure of eating a Thai curry or gourmet pizza is short-lived.”

Mr Leahy said putting the $100 a week saved by cutting out takeaway food into a term deposit account could add up to a $5500 overseas holiday after 12 months.

“Cutting down on takeaway is an easy way to make a significant difference to the speed at which your savings grow,” he said.

Courtesy NewsMail Australia

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