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I worked for years as a writer for a health insurance plan. They kept coming up with all these "healthy" messages, acting like no one knew any of this. News flash--WE KNOW! And guess what, we are tired of being nagged and bossed around. Young people notoriously don't like being told what to do, especially by authorities, including parents and teachers.
I mean, at least in the U.S., if someone doesn't know that junk food is bad for them and can make them fat, and vegetables are good, they have been living under a rock. Some other issues are more confusing (coffee? chocolate? meat/protein/soy? you get my point) and not so clear cut. And that's another reason why there are so many fad diets; people want a quick fix and not to have to "be good" all the time. The irony about 5:2/fasting not yet having official health results is that MOST of these diets not only don't have such experiential evidence, they are obviously unhealthy! I for one, am thrilled with 5:2; I can literally have my cake and eat it too...5 days a week! Yep, weight loss can be slow, but since I'm just gonna eat this way for the rest of my life, heck, it's fine. Plus, in theory I'll have less extra skin once I get down to fighting weight. And I can keep an eye on my face (face or ass, remember) to make sure I'm not overdoing it (once I hit a healthy weight, I'll reassess my goals).
So feed them crap food and force them to sit longer, and then send them home where parents are afraid to let them be outside alone because it isn't safe. Kids no longer know what real food is or what it is supposed to taste like. My husband says I get too worked up about this, but when I look around and see the sheer number of quite overweight and unhealthy people and think about the health problems that are awaiting them, I see red.
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