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    not forgetting chemicals that are sprayed onto food - non organic

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    Many Americans don't walk like they used to, and driving-aged person in the family seems to have their own car. Some smaller cities have no safe sidewalks or bike trails to enjoy walking or riding for exercise unlike many countries in Europe. Our cities are newer and tend to be laid out for mainly automobiles with much distance between the towns. If you have money, you can buy into specially designed communities with miles of trails but we rarely link up cities together for various reasons. The weather also can be miserably hot in some areas making it difficult to walk or ride bikes for 4-5 months out of the year. What bothers me is morbid obesity, which can be embarrassing, but many of them are Hispanic and Black with higher numbers than white people endure overall.
    As for food, anyone can read the back of a box for sugar content or corn syrup if you care to know the food ingredients. Many people love their luxuries in the US so there is an apathy too of what they're consuming. I witness overly large portion sizes at restaurants and even, calorie loaded drinks. Many restaurants started to print calorie and nutrition information, but I rarely see people read it as if it would really affect their ordering habits. I use it but am average weight. Using food EBT cards also allow people to indulge in extra foods since the tax payer covers most of the grocery bill so it takes away incentives to eat less and even healthier. When you pay for your own food, you tend to be more mindful of what you select to prepare for your family and shy away from costly junk products. We also eat out less due to higher costs. Eating certain foods is a choice, and one can learn to say no to stay in good health.

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    Car culture is a major factor, as LdyPrussia mentions. Sitting down too much as well. I've got into the habit of standing up a lot. And I mostly drink water.

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