Not Lunch Break
I was going to use this as a lunch break, but then I decided it was against the spirit of the thing to have a lunch break that would leave you afraid to eat lunch. So here's Robert Kenner, director of "Food Inc.," on "The Daily Show."
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
Stewart and Kenner discuss something you hear a lot: If our food is worse today than it was in the '50s, how come we live longer? It's a fair question. One answer is we spend a whole lot more money on health care than we did in the '50s. And much of that spending is counteracting our poorer health. We have one industry that makes us fat and another industry that helps us deal with the consequences of being fat. Gotta love the invisible hand.
Another is that a lot goes into our health. Food is some of it. But so is sanitation. Physical exercise. Maternal nutrition. Mental well-being. And a lot of those contributors have improved. So it's hard to say what the changes in our diets would have done if we held everything else equal. The rise in obesity, in diabetes, and in heart disease suggests that we'd probably be facing pretty high death rates. But either way, the evidence is very strong that bad diets are making us sicker than we'd otherwise be. And that's something worth changing.
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