After reading chapter 2 and 5 from the book I had some mixed emotions. On one hand when reading how throughout history healthy diets have been promoted in the United States, but we are not getting healthier, only fatter. This is unfortunate because in the reading we discover how there is an increase of health complications such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, anemia, malnutrition, some types of cancer, and much more. Thinking about this, I am unfortunately not surprised because in every health class I have taken I heard this before, I heard that we are not getting healthier and it’s our fault for now following the healthy diet guidelines. This is where my mixed emotions come in. We read so many articles that discuss how we are unhealthy and how we should take better care of our health, yet the issue is not being solved. In the reading, they even mentioned that one of our problems is that families are making less and less home meals to spend family time at the dinner table. This is unfortunate, because growing up my family always had family dinner every night, it was the time to eat healthy and catch up on our days. Now, being a college student it is completely different. I see myself ordering fast food every other day, eating unhealthy foods at the dining hall, and if not that then I am in my dorm eating packs of ramen!
Pertaining to chapter 5 in the book, I wasn’t too surprised to see how milk has been proven to show it increases growth in children. Everyone says oh drink milk and you will grow strong and healthy, but I listen to them and say oh really, you need milk to be strong and healthy, and then I think of myself, someone who NEVER drinks milk, only in my cereal. I am 6 feet tall and have never broken a body in my bone. The only complication that I have ever had was that I tore my rotator cuff playing baseball, although that wasn’t due to lack of milk. In some cases however I do see people that don’t drink milk and become pretty ill or sickly looking.