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My family and I are back from a 2 week vacation from the "Happy Land of Excess" or Orlando, Florida. My whole family was shocked at how large the people are. My kids are pretty lean and not exceptionally tall but they said they looked like "runts" compared to the American and British children we saw at the beaches, parks and swimming pools.
There is definitely an obesity crisis in the US that is starting to reach Canada. Because we had a condo and could cook, I spent some time in the grocery stores and was amazed at what people bought. The vast majority of them bought huge bags of "snack foods", chips, pop (soda), pretzels, cheezies and chocolate. There were very few vegetables to be seen, lots of juice type drinks, very little or no meat.
We had to wait in lines to get on rides, and families would share a Costco size of chips among 4. The chips would be gone in 20 minutes and then the kids would be whining for ice cream. My oldest son is almost 14 and asked me why none of the girls had "flat stomachs" like they have at home. I said too many chips, and not enough exercise. I noticed that many of the teenagers and older children spent their days lying around the pools rather than swimming, playing tennis or basketball.
Almost every newscast had reports on the "obesity crisis" every night but no solutions on how to solve it. Many of the children in the reports had such bad habits instilled in them, that anything that was not sugar laden was unpalatable. I wonder if these children and their parents will ever be able to get on a Blood Type Diet or will they find the food so different they will be unable to change