Ray Hanania's column & commentary podcast. June 16, 2016 on Baby boomers, diets and weight loss.
Baby Boomers, red meats and an obsession with weight
June 16, 2016 Column (Southwest News Newspaper Group, Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com.)
By Ray Hanania
Many social patterns arose during thehigh points of the Baby Boomer generation.
They include a lot of things, like:
“Seizing the day,” Carpe Diem,which basically means one of two things to Baby Boomers: not saving until you are in the final turn towards retirement, or using your success to fleece the public to pack your retirement benefits beyond justification, something many state educators and government union bosses have done.
Embracing drugs including marijuana,while turning to alcohol obsession as a legal alternative.
Eating like there was no tomorrow.Our generation helped build the extremely unhealthy fast food industry. Baby Boomers financed the rise of the barbecue, which wasn’t used to cook healthy foods but to eat bad foods like red meats,processed garbage like hot dogs and baloney and red meat mixed with “meat slime” and “glue,” yes Glue!
Our generation fueled the rise of health clubs, places more about socializing than weight lose or health for most people. Some people more easily benefit from exercise and six-packs come naturally. But for the majority, exercise is not the answer to manage weight problems. It definitely is helpful, though. ... (Click to read more)
(Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and columnist. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.)