Trans Fats Down... But What About Obesity?
After reading an article about Trans Fat Limits showing Benefit in New York, I realized that I have mixed feelings about the whole situation.
The best part of this story is that you can see that when rules and legislation is put in place from our political leaders, organizations do follow! The article doesn't mention the issues related to trans fats, but the main concern is an increased risk of heart diseases. Minimizing trans fats in our foods minimizes this risk, and the laws put in place by the state of New York has decreased the overall amounts of fats in fast foods.
The part that's not mentioned? Implementing these laws do NOTHING about the habits of North Americans. Which means that while the foods contain less fats, the same amount of people are consuming these fast foods. If people are still not urged to eat healthier, nutrient-rich foods, then even laws aren't going to prevent the development of heart diseases.
I'm always amazed that in North America, we still are fighting for "better fast foods". What about better nutritional foods? Also, what about better education around food choices? On a daily basis, as I go throughout my day, the number of obese people I encounter makes my heart hurt. I know the health complications that come along with putting so my strain on the physical body; asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, and the list goes on. On top of that, it's unfortunate, but I watch the stares that obese people get from normal-weighted folks. Again, it's enough to make me cry.
Our food choices have so much to do with our mental and emotional condition, as we have known for centuries now that food can be like a drug. If we have a lack in our emotional and mental lives, we eat. If we're in a bad emotional state, we eat crappy, fatty and unhealthy foods. What we need is more education about how to control our mental and emotional states, so that our thoughts do not translate into destructive physical behaviors.
So back to the original article. Is lowering trans fats in food a good thing? Of course! But let's get to the root of the issue and understand why people are choosing fried chicken over salad...