Does the World WANT us to be Fat?

Sam Cook By Sam Cook, 7th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Health>Diet & Nutrition

Find it hard to diet? Always falling short, giving in and binging on the last of the Ice Cream? This article talks about the difficulties if dieting and asks why it's so hard, expensive and inconvenient to eat healthy foods.

Cheap as...chocolate.

I’m currently sitting at my laptop in the living room, surfing the web. I’m not really looking at anything, I’m just jumping from page to page, mindlessly scrolling in an attempt to ignore the enormous pizza my flatmate’s just had delivered. I’m not succeeding. He offers me some and my brain is screaming, “YES!” But my mouth says “No thanks mate.” How I hate my mouth sometimes.
You see I’ve started this new diet and unfortunately pizza isn’t allowed (shocking I know). It’s not a diet exactly, but more a healthy eating plan. The plan, however, is failing and money is a big, fat factor. I’m sure you know what I mean. Those who don’t, take a stroll to your local supermarket. Just see what foods have the deals, the BOGOFS, the price cuts. Is it the healthy, organic produce? I think not. No, it’s the chocolate, the cakes, the crisps, the soda.
And why?

Obesity is bad! Half price on Chocolate!

Constantly we’re told how obesity is a huge problem and constantly we are judged for what we eat. I’d love to eat healthy foods, organic meats and vegetables but I simply can’t afford them. Living on a budget it’s so much more convenient to pick up a loaf of cheap white bread than splash out for whole wheat, high fibre granary loaf that we “should be eating.” Lower the price and we might! It’s like telling smokers not to buy cigarettes than slashing the prices. It wouldn’t work would it? So if obesity is such a big issue why don’t the government help us out? Increasing the price on “bad” foods and putting the super-sales on fruit and veg would surely help to influence customers to buy healthier groceries. Sure there is import issues and costs, but at least cheapen our own countries food.
Maybe the crisis and the rising cocoa prices in the Ivory Coast is a blessing in disguise. With around 38% of the world cocoa coming from the country, the cost are going to rocket. I’m sure many people would leave that chocolate bar when it’s £2. Okay, obviously I joke, and this is not an realistic – or helpful – answer. So what is?

Again with the temptation?

For starters, something needs to be done about queue snacks. How many times have you done your shop, resisted temptation then got to the queue only to have sweets and chocolate thrown in your face...and you crack. And I’m just as guilty as you. I see the cheap choccy, quickly throw it in the basket and avoid the judging eyes of Mr and Mrs “William Power.” It’s just cruel. We’ve all seen the young children, stood in the queue and nagging their parents for every sweet they see. And parents usually crack. Why not? It’s cheap and will shut little Jonny up for a moment. Is it any wonder that around 27% of children in the UK are overweight. Something needs to be done.

Happy Feaster

Also, take holidays. Why is it that every single holiday revolves largely around food (usually unhealthy food). Think about it. Christmas: Advent calendars, candy canes, Christmas cakes and puddings. Then there’s Valentine’s Day. Since when has chocolate being symbolic of love? Apparently strawberries aren’t romantic on their own, but when dipped in fondue they are the edible equivalent of Mr Darcy. And how a chocolate egg has anything to do with the Easter holidays... I don’t know. That won’t stop me from eating 1 this year. Or two. Probably a third – they are on sale. All this is just more pressure to cave when trying to eat healthily.

Help us help oursleves.

I’m not saying that increasing the cost of unhealthy foods is the ultimate cure for obesity, but – and I hate myself for the suggestion- maybe overly expensive, overly taxed “bad food” will help, if only a little.
So please, world, if you insist on us being healthy-eating, healthy-looking fitness machines STOP waving that delicious looking chocolate bar under our noses.
Oh, and stop making pizza smell so damn delicious!

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Chocolate, Chocolate Consumption, Diet, Fat, Health, Obesity, Supermarket, Weight Loss

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author avatar Sam Cook
I am 20 year old student from Wakefield and currently study Creative Writing in West London. I have always had a passion for artistic writing, and hope to find a career in it in the the future.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Mar 2011 (#)

congrats on your first page Sam
you can EDIT this = go to YOUR PAGES - then Published - then EDIT, I cannot change things other than categories and I know you requested a change.

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author avatar Sam Cook
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks Mark.
And thank you for your help earlier. Much appreciated.

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author avatar Retired
8th Mar 2011 (#)

Now THIS is an excellent article. Everything you say here also applies to the US. Bravo!

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author avatar Sam Cook
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Thankyou so much Elaine. It really means a lot coming from an experienced writer such as yourself. What's more, I found your articles to be very helpful, especially the "How to promote Wikinut" ones.
Thanks for your comment

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author avatar Dafeenah
9th Mar 2011 (#)

I couldn't agree more. Don't even get me started on portion sizes. I didn't realize how "big" they were in the USA until I moved overseas and then went back home to visit. Now that was culture shock.

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author avatar Sam Cook
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Cheers Dafeenah. It's nice to know people agree with me. I've had the pleasure of going to the States and I know exactly what you mean. Although, as a tourist I found the portion sizes to be such a novelty and for the duration of my visits I loved it. However, I imagine living with this is different and I'm sure dieting is made that much harder when surrounded by gigantic portions. I'm caught between envy (how I'd love a bucket of coke at the cinemas) and relief because I know that if this country were the same I wouldn't be able to help myself.
Thanks for the comment Defeenah and thanks for reading my article.

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author avatar Rachel Cracknell
9th Mar 2011 (#)

this is fantastic! says everything i think when doing my shopping! a basket full of fruit and veg and i'm on my way to the tills...oh wait..whats this? mars bar less than a pound, be rude not to! WELL DONE SAM! more like these please

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author avatar Sam Cook
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Exactly Rachel.
Thankyou for your kind words. And thanks for taking the time to read my article. I hope you find my next article equally as agreeable.

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author avatar Graham Henderson
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Great article Sam, I totally agree. I'm a fad dieter and I nearly always give in to temptation whenever I see great deals. A very true and funny article. Keep up the good work.

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author avatar Sam Cook
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks Graham - again good to know people agree. Thankyou for your comment. Please keep reading my articles. Thank you.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
12th Mar 2011 (#)

Sam Cook,

Most youngsters of your age never care for physical activity when they stick to the Net which is quite alarming.
I appreciate your concern for the physical fitness and your views are well acclaimed.

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author avatar Sam Cook
12th Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks a lot Rathnashikamani.
I know what you mean. There's so much entertainment to keep people indoors (e.g. gaming/internet).

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