Wednesday, March 12, 2014

2181 News Feed

Food defines our culture. So it's often in the news feed. One good food news feed item recently was that obesity rates have shrunk in the last decade for children ages 2 to 5. A 43% loss as it turns out. A good sign that after a long hard battle the scales are literally tipping the other way.

The news from the study was mixed however, in that other age groups stayed the same or enlarged, but it looks like a step in the right direction. At least for individuals who have little or no choice in what they eat. Mommy may be overly plump but at least little Susie isn't being stuffed too.

Then again, what's not funny is that the study may not have taken another factor into account. Maybe the bad economy in the last decade means there's more poor kids living with hunger. Maybe it's not a lifestyle choice but a lifestyle reality. 

Then there's the recent pizza news. Another survey found that one in four American males ages 6 to 19 years old consumes pizza on any given day. Well yeah. Everyone knows pizza is the perfect food. 

Think about it. It's got all the major food groups. The crust contains grains. The toppings on a good combo have vegetables. Cheese satisfies the milk group. Pepperoni has any number of different animals and animal parts in the meat category. What's left?

Oh right, fruit. Well pizza's got that covered too. Since, technically, tomato is a fruit, you got lots of it right there in the tomato sauce on the pie. For the same reason that if tomato is a fruit then ketchup is a smoothie, pizza sauce is really nothing more than fruit jam spread. 

So spread it to the news feed. Every triangular pizza wedge is like it's own little food pyramid.

America, ya gotta love it. 

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