Sunday, March 17, 2013

St Patrick's Day is NOT St Fatricks Day?
Just think about it. Every other holiday is fat centric. Let's start with Christmas. The very symbol of Christmas is a big fat man who goes house to house eating milk and cookies. Christmas season is glutton season. Christmas is a feast. Before Christmas we have Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a day where greedy gluttons gorged themselves on turkey dinners. Halloween is another wonderful holiday loaded with obesogenic treats. Valentine's Day, secretaries day, Mother's Day, Fourth of July and even birthdays are food centric days. One day that is totally fat phobic and food phobic is St. Patrick's Day. Corned beef, cabbage and carrots are what skinny people eat. Cabbage has so much fiber that is presently contains no net calories. Sure, you can drink a lot of beer and down a few Irish coffees but overall, when it comes to gluttony, St. Patrick's Day disappoints. Even if someone is as Irish his Paddy's pig if they are not as fat as that pig then what's the point?
Paddy's Pig

The Irish were portrayed in the press as peasants who wore shabby clothing and carried a clay pipe. They were lazy, drunk and resistant to authority. “Paddy” was the generic term given to this character. Hense the terms Paddy's Pig and Paddy Wagon.

Is Ireland a fat phobic country? One may think so. Are there any good Irish foods? I can't think of any. Other than Rosie O'Donnell how many fat Irishman are there?

There is hope, Ireland is quickly catching up to America when it comes to obesity. Will Ireland ever surpass the United States for gluttony or obesity? That would be unlikely but the Irish are beginning do embrace gluttony and obesity at a very exciting rate. Yes! Obesity levels in Ireland have risen dramatically in the last 20 years. In 1990, only one in 10 Irish men were obese; that figure is now officially put at one in four. In the same period, obesity in women has risen from 13% to 21%, according to the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA).

Ironically, the effect of the Government’s recent reduction of VAT rates on certain items means that junk food is now cheaper than ever, representing the double blow of a loss to the Exchequer in VAT revenues and an even greater financial burden of future ill health arising from continued chronic overconsumption of cheap processed foods that are high in fats, sugars and salt.

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