I admit I am addicted to sugar. I am one of the majority.
I love chocolate, puddings, desserts, sweets, biscuits, cakes, cake icing, fudge, turkish delight, donuts, cupcakes, and licorice. I can sit and eat a whole packet of biscuits or sweets. My DH says I guzzle them.
Chew slowly and eat slowly, were mantras drummed into us as children. (Elbows off the table, elbows in and hold your knife….) I seem to have made sweet things an exception to the rule. And my full stomach switch has been taped to off position and I don’t realise it. Do I even taste as I guzzle?
I removed soft drinks from my diet many years ago and do not miss it at all. So one area of sugar has been avoided. The only soft drink that I really liked was Wilkinson’s Dry Ginger Ale, it came in a small green glass bottle and it was spicy. It was refreshing.
I want to keep sweet foods in my diet. I do. But I want to make it a smaller part of my life, and I want to make it a treat.
Overweight and Obesity Statistics
|Country||Overweight (and not obese)||Obese||Total|
Overweight is defined as a BMI 25.0 – 29.9
Obese is defined as a BMI 30 or higher
We are overweight as nations while we don’t have to be.
I do not want to be part of this unhealthy statistic.
US statistics are from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for adults 20 years and over 2007-2008
New Zealand statistics are from New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey 2008/2009 for adults 15 years and over
Australian statistics are from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007-2008 survey for adults 18 years and over
Japanese statistics are from OECD iLibrary from Overweight and Obesity among adults 2009 and here
The photo is of a Haribo gummy bear. And yes, it was consumed. There was no prejudice.