- It was a hot Idaho summer day when Stan and I decided
to go to a water park for a cool outing. The Park was filled
with water activities that were both fun and refreshing. While
basking in a tube, we floated along the "lazy river". The current
carried our sunning bodies under an assortment of waterfalls.
People screamed with delight as the water hit them and pushed their tubes
along. Another attraction, Boulder Lake provided
an opportunity to do some jumping and screeching as the man made waves
challenged our ability to remain standing.
- The place was filled with smiling, happy people. The
place was filled with snacking overweight people. Stan and I
were incredulous as we looked out upon the rotund gathering of fleshy
folks filling their faces with their favorite foods.
- The array of snacks for sale included ice cream sundaes,
corn dugs and mountains of french fries. Everything appeared to be
super sized, especially the feeders.
- Later that day, I telephoned my son and mentioned how
stunned I was to see rolly polly children following in their parents footsteps ( to
the snack bar). My son remarked.
- "That's all over America"
- An article written in June of 2006 stated that 64% of
Americans are considered to be overweight and 30% are obese.
Even more shocking (and sad) is that 15% of 6-9 year-olds are overweight
- twice as many as twenty years ago. It is no secret that obesity
raises the risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers
but people seem to put those unfortunate facts out of their minds as they
lick lustfully on their ice cream cones. According to the article, health
care expenses in the USA resulting from the consequences of obesity/overweight
total $117 billion a year - the equivalent of about 9 million Ford Focus
cars each year. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=44504
- The USA's favorite indulgences include Pizza, fries
and burgers. (and I don't mean veggie burgers) Eating out may
initially be a time saver for the busy and lazy American but eventually
it is a time waster as the consequences of the meals take their effect
on the corpulent consumer. It is not unusual for the US citizen to
eat over 30% of his/her daily calorie intake away from home. In the
year 2000 the average person consumed 300 more calories per day than in
1985. Since 2000, total daily calorie intake has continued to go up. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=44504
- In 2004, a movie was released titled "Super Size
Me". The Protagonist did an experiment on himself by eating
all his meals at a fast food restaurant. Dare I mention the
name of the restaurant? Would it dissuade anyone from getting
their Happy Meals?
- At the end of the month, the man had succeeded
in putting on weight, raising his cholesterol and blood pressure and
creating sundry other ailments in a once healthy body. It was frightening
to watch how, early in the movie, his body rejected the rapid repast.....even
to the point of regurgitation. But, as the month progressed,
revulsion turned to addiction and his body craved its daily intake of speedy
- Our hero's foray into quickie meal fatdom added
up to an obese food bill and frightening visits to the family physician.
No, my friends, man cannot live on fast food alone..
- In addition, the film explored the horrendous school
lunch programs. It talked about the declining health and physical
education classes. It explored food addictions and the extreme measures
people take to lose weight and regain their health. http://supersizeme.com/home.aspx?page=defaultpage
- People dream of being thin and the supermarket checkout
aisles abound with magazines and newspapers featuring articles about
the latest diet plans. It is indeed a strange
sighting to watch a cart overflowing with yoodles, twinkies, ice
cream, frozen foods and diet coke, pause briefly to throw a diet magazine
on top of the heap of garbage.
- In an article entitled "Why Fat People Are
Hungrier" http://www.txtwriter.com/onscience/Articles/dieting.html ,
the author came to a realization, after searching for the proverbial
anti-fat pill that would enable him to grow slim while enjoying his
favorite pastime. He concluded that there was no miracle cure.
- We are at a critical point and it will take a Nation
that is aware and alert to survive.
- Sadly, as thighs explode and bellies hang over belts,
the road to physical and mental fitness is becoming "The
Road Less Traveled".
- What a commentary ! We have become
gluttons with active mouths and inactive minds.
- Unbeknownst to the populace, our world is exploding around
us while we are busily exploding our physical bodies.
- Overeating has impacted our mental processes.
It has affected our brain chemistry. While we are hungrily eating
our Pizza in front of our favorite television program, our minds are
as empty as the food we are consuming. http://www.wellbeingjournal.com/protein.htm
- The world teeters on its axis as we blot the grease
off the twisty bread.
- Copyright 2006
- Jim Mortellaro
- Hello, Judy.
- Judy, Judy, Judy. Just what is the matter with you? Got
something against chubbies? Why? Because you are one of them, whaddyacall'em,
- Well, put this in your favorite yogurt and wheat germ
and eat it. Chubby people are happy people. Chubby people place all their
cares in comfort food. I suppose you place all your cares in what, rice
- Listen up girl, when people eat, people are happy. When
people eat comfort food, people are not only happy, they are contributing
to the welfare of our medical system, creating bigger and better homes
for physicians, bigger and better yachts for the HMO management, creating
bigger and better profits for the entire medical industry and that, my
dear Ms. Judy Andreas, is what the American Way is all about.
- Some people pray to God. Some people eat. I used to be
one of those fatties. I am now 35 pounds lighter and on my way down another
30 pounds. And I aks you. Am I happy? Am I satisfied with my existence?
- NO DAMMIT! I am definitely NOT. I miss my Sicilian Italian
bread with all them sesame seeds around the entire loaf. I miss my pasta.
I miss my English Muffins with butter dripping from the creases. I miss
the taste of one of my favorite foods. Ah Beeetz. Which in Sicilian (I
spelled it phonetically) is Pizza. The thin crust kind where you can eat
an entire large pie and then go for another small one. Along with a cupla
icey cold beers and for desert ... a very large (OK, maybe TWO very large)
sphooliadelle (also spelled phonetically).
- Lady, take your damned diet and shove it. I want my pizza.
I want ... I want ... God I'm all of a sudden extremely hungry. Think I'll
take a drive down to Johny's Pizza for two large ones and three beers.
Light beers of course. Can't have alla them carbs all at once.
- Jim Mortellaro, AKA, Morty