Is Pizza Making Americans Fat?

Pizza is one of the most popular forms of fast food delivery in the United States - if not the world - and the statistics surrounding its popularity are staggering. 94% of Americans eat pizza on a regular basis, with approximately 350 slices being consumed every second of every day. That’s a lot of ‘za, so it’s no wonder that America is well-known for its association with obesity. But is pizza solely to blame, or is it the general laziness of the American populace and its inability to exhibit a modicum of self-control when eating?



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Pizza is not really known for being healthy. Sure, healthy option exist, but they lie more within the realm of “not as unhealthy” rather than genuinely healthy. For example, light cheese, low-carb sauce
(if making it yourself), wheat or gluten-free crust, and limiting your toppings to healthy, fresh vegetables can be a great way to limit calories, sodium, and fat, but the dreaded carbohydrate, which is known to promote fat accumulation, is one of the unfortunate necessities of pizza. So when people eat several slices of pizza or, if you’re like me, eat an entire pizza and wings in one sitting, you’re getting hundreds of carbs that go straight to your midsection.

But the growing obesity epidemic isn’t just due to pizza. Fast food is the ultimate quick meal, with many, especially those who are unemployed or don’t make a lot of money, turning to cheap meal deals to satiate their hunger. This can add up over time, resulting in a growing belly. On the other hand, however, a weak economy and growing unemployment can lead to people purchasing less healthy items in bulk, such as pasta and rice, i.e pure carbs.

Then there’s the issue of the sedentary lifestyle. If looked at it within the context of unemployment, many in such a situation don’t tend to focus on their health, resulting in overeating and a lack of exercise. However, simply going for a twenty minute walk every day isn’t going to do much to your waistline if you keep overeating, so the main thing to keep in mind is to simply watch what you eat.

This means to cut back on the pizza, fast food, and sugary drinks. Pizza itself isn’t making Americans fat, it’s a lack of discipline, binge eating, and a sedentary lifestyle that’s making Americans fat. If you do decide to eat pizza, eat a maximum of two slices, stick to lighter options such as thin crust, and make it yourself. By making it at home, you eliminate much of the grease and unnecessary calories, plus it’s substantially cheaper. Fresh wheat dough, a little bit of fresh mozzarella, and low-carb pizza sauce is way cheaper than ordering your own, and it lasts much longer!

So put down the phone, make your own pizza, and sure, maybe go for a little walk afterward to get that metabolism going.

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Posted on October 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM