Change your Diet, One Additive at a Time
A few years ago, my local news station from Baton Rouge ran a story that actually gave me an Oprah "A-Ha" Moment. The story was aired around Christmas 2009 on WAFB Channel 9 News. Mr. George Sells, the writer and anchor of the story, has been with WAFB for as long as I can remember and has done many wonderful Louisiana history stories.
This particular segment gave us a look back at random crowds of people during holiday shopping season at a local mall in the late 1970's. At first glance, I didn't really see anything significant about the story, besides enjoying the 70's fashion crazes during this era. After the old video piece, George Sells showed a new, updated version of the video. These images were taken recently during peek holiday shopping crowds. George Sells' purpose for airing the different videos was to show how much people have changed over the years. This drastic change was obesity...
I could not believe my eyes. The 70's mall film had no overweight or obese people in the crowds. Fast forward to the 2009 video and 50% of the people walking were either overweight or obese, including children. Unfortunately; if my family were in the shot, we would have also been part of the statistic. After this aired, I made a conscious decision to change but to do that, I had to ask myself:
What has changed in our society to cause such a dramatic difference in our health?
Throughout high school I was considered to be a very thin woman. I think the term used was "bean pole." I maintained a somewhat healthy lifestyle and was always active. After graduation, marriage, and 2 children, I realized I had lost myself along the way and in 2009 weighed in at 262 pounds. That was my weight the night when this story aired.
I was determined to find the link in people's diet that could create such an obesity epidemic. After a few weeks of research, basically a diet trial and error, I found one particular food additive that has been extensively added to our food. I tested my findings. The additive was MSG.Continued on the next page