Usually when you see a top 10 list it’s a good thing.

It might be your top 10 songs or movies or even tv series.

You get the drift.

Well this top 10 is a bit of a worry.

But not really too surprising when you look at the state of the world today.

I’m talking about a list of the top 10 sources of calories in the American diet. 

This list was in this article here from Precision Nutrition and taken from a government health report in 2015.

Yes that was 5 years ago, but tell me what’s changes since then?

It could even be worse.

And while this list is obviously American centric, I’d lay money that it sums up pretty much the whole western world.

So here goes:

1. Burgers, sandwiches and tacos  

2. Desserts and snacks  

3. Sugar sweetened and diet drinks

4. Rice, pasta and grain based dishes

5. Chips, crackers and savoury snacks

6. Pizza

7. Meat, poultry and seafood dishes

8. Non starchy vegetables and legumes

9. Alcoholic drinks

10. Starchy vegetables

Now I guess if we’re looking at positives, at least vegetables make the list even if it is at number 8?

But wow.

That’s not a good look overall.

However, it sure does explain why the number of obese Americans has increased from 30.5% in 1999 to 42.4% in 2018.

And at the same time severe obesity has increased from 4.7% to 9.2% on top of that (source for both of those is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Like I said earlier, I reckon we’re in pretty much the same boat here.

The one thing I hope out of all of this, and it comes to my theory with a lot of things, is that kids don’t want to be like their parents.

Take for example back in the day, you only ever saw tough stickers (especially full sleeves) on people who were bikies and criminals. 

Now every one and their dog pretty much has one (don’t laugh about the dog thing too, I saw pics the other week on social media of people tattooing their dogs!) And sleeves are everywhere now.

So my theory is kids of the future will rebel against that trend and not get them. Especially with the sleeves.

(I’m not judging those who have them, and have a few mates that do, they’re just a lot more prevalent than they were when we were kids).

Hopefully the same things happen for obesity trends.

If you see that your parents aren’t in the best of nick, 

when you’re old enough to make your own decisions and choose what you eat for yourself, 

hopefully the kids will decide they don’t want to be the same.

Like I’ve mentioned before, that’s pretty much why I started DPM. 

I didn’t want to end up like my dad.

We can only hope anyways.

Hopefully when the next 20 year block survey is released in 2040 or thereabouts, the stats are a lot different.

I’m not confident though, but cautiously optimistic.

What do you think?


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