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.)


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 pounds,

The individual eating carrots ingests no growth hormones, zero cholesterol, eats just under one pound of fat, gains 19.4 pounds,

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.

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk. com

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