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A fake world, fuelled by fake food

Posted: September 10, 2012 by shakimtro in Health

A fake world, fuelled by fake food

By Shannon Trotter

Fake hair, fake nails, fake tan, fake eyelashes, these days people can be pretty fake. The perception that fake is better is a very dominant theme reoccurring within our society which is constantly reinforced through celebrity culture and the need to look and act a certain way. It seems now that this fake trend has transcended into every aspect of modern life, this can be seen in particular with the food we consume.

We eat food made from man-made ingredients that our bodies are not genetically capable to process. But with the increase of these products and a dwindling supply of organic options, is it even possible to be healthy in today’s society of artificial food?

Processed foods are a cheap and plentiful staple in Australian Supermarkets

Research conducted by the Australian Bureau of statistics revealed that between 2007-08, 61.4% of the Australian population were either overweight or obese.

The obesity epidemic today is at its highest, but it’s not just getting fat that consumers have to worry about. Obesity is just the tip of the ice-burg, the artificial food that we as a generation are consuming is undoubtedly shortening our life span causing heart disease, diabetes, mental disorders, among others and riddling our bodies with health issues.

Public concern over the implications of additives such as food dye on the health of children is an issue as these dyes have been linked to hyperactivity in children, which can lead to a series of behavioural issues such asAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In November 2011, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced plans to battle childhood obesity in Australia and stated that “No Australian child will be living with obesity by 2020”, however it is hard to comprehend how, in a world full of fake food, one can promise a future of health.

It seems that this preoccupation with fake-ness may in fact be the downfall of a healthy society and it is not until we embrace organic produce that our bodies will be able to function the way in which nature intended.

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JULIA GILLARD

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/middle-class-should-stop-picking-on-poor-fat-kids/story-fn8v83qk-1226190604828

OBESITY STATISTICS

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/healthyactive/publishing.nsf/Content/overweight-obesity

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by+Subject/4125.0~Jan+2012~Main+Features~Overweight+and+obesity~3330

OTHER REFERENCES

http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/schab.pdf

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