Author Archive for Amy Mueller

A half cup of ice cream

Who eats a half cup of ice cream?

Let’s face it. We live in a nation of obesity, chronic disease, and countless health problems. In fact, two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Think about that: every two out of three people struggle with their weight, which can lead to obesity-related diseases and health implications that cause clinic and hospital visits for which health insurance must pay. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it was estimated in 2008 that obesity costs the United States $147 billion (CDC). That is a lot of money! That money could be used for education, infrastructure, housing, defense, and the list goes on. The point is that the U.S. has become unhealthy.

Times are changingIMG_4451

Times are changing, habits are changing and people are eating too much.  I’ve heard talk of a ‘fat tax’.  Personally, I don’t believe punishing taxes affect behavior. Take cigarettes for example—there is a huge tax on them…..yet people who want to smoke still are willing to pay the penalty. No, rather than a ‘fat tax’, what we need to do is fix the underlying cause of obesity and unhealthy food choices. Perhaps we should be given a more accurate representation of what we are eating and change the current FDA’s standard of food labels. Read More→