By now, you all know my position on the heft this nation carries around on its backside. Its frontside. Under its arms. Fashioned into cankles...
We eat too much. Period. But then, with every option continually being enlarged (we do so love to get more for less, don't we?), it really is little wonder that so many Americans are as Supersized as their lunches.
And despite the plethora of weight reducing options out there - Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Slimfast, The Master Cleanse, Atkins, et al - over 25% of the adult population is still classified as obese.
Look, I understand that starting a diet/exercise regime is hard. Sticking with the lifestyle change is even more difficult. I get it. Believe me, at five feet nothing (I fake 5'2" when the curls up there are extra poofy), I am more than aware of the struggle. I fight my inner Twinkie addict every single day. And if you think I enjoy sweating my ass off in the Austin heat - where the temp and the humidity are identical twins - you're crazier than Britney Spears in a beauty salon.
Temptation is everywhere. It's there in the bright neon lights of the Krispy Kreme, and the familiar golden arches of McDonalds. You can't turn a corner without being given the opportunity to knock down half your daily calorie intake via a frothy, fat-laden coffee bev at Starbucks. And in the grocery stores, the good stuff - the pretty packaging with drool inducing pictures - beckons you to pull it into your cart.
Meet today's candidate for Quickest Coronary In A Box: Swanson's new Hungry Man All Day Breakfast (Thanks to reader Denise for sending this one to my inbox!)...
Swanson has long touted its ONE POUND OF FOOD meals - after all, as the tagline says, a hungry man "knows what I like, and I like a lot of it."
Well, according to the nutrition label, Mr. Hungry Man, you really like FAT: 64 grams, SODIUM: 2090 mg, and CALORIES: 1030.
This is BREAKFAST, people. ONE MEAL. That's my entire calorie count for a day - and I don't eat that many fat grams in a whole week.
I looked at this package in the store after getting the heads-up from Denise. And while it's not like it's the first time I have glanced at the Hungry Man frozen dinners (morbidly obese curiosity, you know), it is truly shameful to hold one of these breakfasts in your hand and realize how many are sold each day. (When I pulled one out and held it, I swear I could feel my arteries and my pants tighten...)
I use the word shameful because only one Big Bubba is going to sit down to this box buffet. And it could easily feed a starving family of four in Africa. Hell, right here in our own country.
You know I am a big proponent of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY - we all make our choices, good and bad - but as long as this kind of culinary atrocity is on the shelves for less than $3, we are never going to get all our fat ducks in a row and swimming towards better health.
Then again, people have known for decades now that sticking a mashed up roll of tobacco in their faces and inhaling the smoke is not exactly a smart health choice - they still do it anyway, and the tobacco manufacturers have done nothing but get richer.
Besides, I guess the upside is that selling these frozen gutbombs will stimulate the economy - after all, God knows after eating one, you'll be buying some Tums, Ex-Lax, Preparation-H, bigger pants...