Denny’s New Heart Attack On A Plate and The Twinkie Diet Make News This Week

I’ve been offended twice this week.

Denny’s Restaurant has gone too far with its new 1,700 calorie entrée and Nutrition Professor Mark Haub, who lost 27 pounds eating Twinkies, is making news (again) because he has gained weight since he went off the ‘diet’.

Current trends show that three out of four Americans will be overweight or obese by 2020.  There are other countries that are facing an obesity epidemic but the U.S. is leading the charge.
If current trends continue, 86% will be overweight or obese by 2030!

Obesity can reduce lifespan by up to ten years, similar to that of smoking.  A bigger problem is the increase in medical costs and chronic disease, and a decrease in workforce productivity.  Currently, 27% of our young people are too overweight to pass a military physical.

Why?

This week’s news begs the question . . .Why?  Why is Denny’s debuting a 1,700 calorie mac n’cheeseburger (that you can order with extra cheese and fries) and a nutritionist is back in the news because he’s gaining weight now that he’s off of the Twinkie Diet?  How are either of these helpful in light of the current epidemic facing this country?

What comes to mind is the old saying, “You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem.” (-Leroy Eldridge Cleaver).  Denny’s and Professor Haub are the latter.