School is definitely more overwhelming than I was expecting. Between Organic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Community Nutrition and Food Productions Systems, not to mention all of the labs and group projects involved, I am definitely feeling challenged. In a good way. My days working 9-5 were monotonous and incredibly boring, so I am thrilled that I am having the opportunity to learn so much.
One thing I did learn is a pretty frightening statistic about the Superbowl. Apparently, Americans, on average, consume just as many calories on Superbowl Sunday as they do on Thanksgiving. That’s upwards of 1200 calories, for just one meal, for just one person. That’s crazy. If you think about it, a net intake of 1200 calories is what someone on a diet should be eating, over the course of one day. 1200 calories is about 6 miles of running, for a 180 pound person, just to put things even more into perspective.
Pretty much every Superbowl party I saw posted on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook had a fantastic spread of food, and very little of it was healthy. There were chicken wings, chips, salsa, pizza, etc. Even after doing a quick Google search of “healthy Superbowl foods” all I found were articles telling me to bake chicken wings instead of fry them, and to make dips with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. This is what we consider “healthy?”
It says a lot about the state of a nation when we focus two major “holidays” on stuffing our faces with unhealthy, fatty, highly-processed foods. Why can’t Superbowl Sunday be about spending time with friends and family, but being able to eat delicious food that’s actually good for you? There certainly isn’t a shortage of it (at least not in this country anyway), so why can’t roasted vegetables be on the menu for Superbowl Sunday? Why is it that the only vegetables served are meant to be dipped in Ranch dressing?
I think it’s time we stepped back as a country and thought through our priorities. We’re facing such high rates of obesity, and it’s no surprise; we actually have holidays where we celebrate stuffing our faces with food until we can’t possibly move. That’s not to say we can’t enjoy things like chicken wings every now and then, but we can enjoy them in SMALL amounts, not massive quantities that make us feel sick to our stomachs. We certainly don’t need entire holidays dedicated to celebrating that “sick-to-your-stomach” feeling either.
So what do you think? Leave the Superbowl holiday alone or is it part of a bigger problem?