Joke's On Them, But They Don't Get It
I received my issue of Hoard's Dairyman
on Wednesday (January 10, 2007 issue).
The very first story (page 3) reads:
"Obesity in America is getting worse, not better.
That is the result of a study conducted by the
Center for Disease Control (CDC) which found that
31 states showed an increase in their obesity rates
over last year's average..."
Directly below that article is a photo of the
winning Future Farmers of America dairy team.
The coach is clearly clinically obese, as is the
man congratulating the team, Neil Limebaugh
from the Dairy Farmers of America.
On page 10, there is a roundtable discussion
consisting of a few families with accompanying
photographs. In one family (the Glammers from
Wisconsin), the mother and father both seem to
be overweight by more than 100 pounds, and all of
the children, who all seem to be under age 10) are
chubby little piggies. In another photo, the eldest
daughter of the Heibri family of Iowa has a big
round face, large protruding stomach, and breasts
that would appear to overflow a 40-D cup...and she's
just a child. The young girl from Wolf Creek farm in
Iowa holds a cow with a slimmer figure than she has.
Then, there's a photo on page 22 of the Carson
family from Michigan. Young Ryan could easily play
the role of a department store Santa...except for
one thing - - the real Santa Claus is a lot skinnier.
Dairy products are very different than other food
groups. Eat too many apples and broccoli and you'll
grow obese. All food contains calories. In addition
to a large amount of calories, dairy products contain
an enormous amount of saturated fat and cholesterol.
Last but not least, dairy products contain powerful
growth hormones which instruct human bodies to grow
and grow and grow.
What are the odds of seeing the following in the next
issue of Hoards Dairyman?
Consider: We have four human subjects weighing 150 pounds
apiece. In order to maintain that same weight, an individual
should (on average) eat 2100 calories every day. (Given:
For every 3500 additional calories an individual consumes
over the course of days, weeks, months, or years, s/he
will gain one extra pound.)
We now add one pound of one of the following
commodities to each person's daily diet.
Apples (100 gm = 48 cal, .13 grams fat, 0 cholesterol)
Broccoli (100 gm = 28 cal, .35 grams fat, 0 cholesterol. )
Carrots (100 gm = 41 cal, .24 grams fat, 0 cholesterol. )
Cheddar (100 gm = 403 cal, 33.14 grams fat, 105 mg cholest.)
IN ONE YEAR:
The individual eating one pound of apples per day ingests
no growth hormones, zero cholesterol, less than 1/2 pound
of fat, and gains 22.7 pounds,
The individual eating broccoli ingests no growth hormones,
zero cholesterol, eats 1 1/4 pounds of fat, gains 13.3
The individual eating carrots ingests no growth hormones,
zero cholesterol, eats just under one pound of fat, gains
The individual eating cheddar cheese ingests plenty of
growth hormones, eats 121 pounds of fat, 383 pounds of
cholesterol, and would gain 191 pounds.
Which food do you imagine is most responsible for America's
expanding obesity rate? In 1970, the average American ate
ten pounds of cheese per year. In 2007, the average American
will eat 32 pounds of cheese. With all things being the
same, food is food and calories are calories, and the more
calories one eats, the more weight one gains. However,
all foods are not the same. The dairy group also contains
growth hormones instructing each cell in the body to grow.
As waistlines increase, it becomes less and less easy to
control one's own weight.
Thanks to dairy, the waist is a terrible thing to mind.