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True Food
You might enjoy this discussion of "True Food" (which is also #TrueFoodTuesday on Twitter) featuring real food items from sustainable sources. 

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 18th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

America is weird about body size. If you're very small, as I am, that makes for challenges. If you're very large, as some people are, that makes for challenges. What is considered "fat" is badly skewed; perfectly average people are often considered fat. Being heavy isn't necessarily the same thing as being unhealthy, and the quest to be skinny can wreck people's health. On the other hoof, people at the huge or the scrawny end of the spectrum are more likely to have health problems due to weight than people in the middle. On the third hoof, statistics show that Americans are getting fatter and less healthy. This is due to changes in the food, which is more fattening and less nutritious; and in changes to lifestyle, which is increasingly sedentary.

I think it would be a good thing if we made healthy food more affordable and accessible, and junk food more expensive and inconvenient to get. I also think it would be helpful to increase opportunities for fun and productive motion such as making our towns more walkable and bike-friendly, providing better access to physical recreation, etc. It would also help to reduce the number of sit-on-your-butt-all-day jobs in favor of jobs that involve moving around more. A lot of the "modernization" we've done has moved us in unhealthy directions, and that shows. It's still possible to live a healthy lifestyle, but it takes a lot of effort to do that -- and not everyone can afford that in terms of time/energy/expense.

I don't think that being fat is necessarily bad, that fat people are bad, or that it's okay to hassle people about their size (any size). I think that a food system which makes it easy to eat an unhealthy diet and hard to eat a healthy diet is bad; and that a socioeconomic system that makes it easy to live an unhealthy lifestyle and hard to live a healthy lifestyle is bad. And I think those two broken systems need to be fixed, so I watch for opportunities to talk about how and why they are broken, and how we might go about improving them. Then too, sometimes I just get so frustrated that I think "screw it" and chuck in a couple of monkeywrenches via a rant. But mostly I try to encourage repairs.

YMMV.
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