Monday, September 27, 2010

If the Korean made a list of "Things that America could learn from Korea", high on the list would be "Stop being so fat." Here is a totally discouraging New York Times article about how Americans are eating less fruits and vegetables.
This week, the company released the 25th edition of its annual report, “Eating Patterns in America.” The news there wasn’t good, either. For example, only 23 percent of meals include a vegetable, Mr. Balzer said. (Again, fries don’t count, but lettuce on a hamburger does.) The number of dinners prepared at home that included a salad was 17 percent; in 1994, it was 22 percent. At restaurants, salads ordered as a main course at either lunch or dinner dropped by half since 1989, to a mere 5 percent, he said.
Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries [New York Times]

23 percent?! How is that even possible, when lettuce on a hamburger is counted? Goodness gracious.


  1. "If the Korean made a list of "Things that America could learn from Korea""

    So why don't you make that list? We already know that eating more vegetables, stricter weapons control, and possibly elements of the education system (or educational philosophy) are on it, go ahead and complete it.

  2. Unfortunately, the younger generation of Korean kids are following suit. It's a shame, because your fatherland has SOME foods which are both delicious and nutritional. The selection is sparse but healthy.

  3. What Zilchy said. I've mostly stopped eating white rice, and as a result many of my lunches at the Korean kindergarten where I work consist mostly of things like odeng, donggasu and cheap kimchi. And I'm sorry, but I cannot eat kimchi like a vegetable-- it would be like having a side of pickles with every meal.

  4. Iaopan,

    The list is in progress, for sure. The Korean is trying to decide how involved it will be.

    Zilchy, What? Agreed that the younger generation of Koreans are eating relatively unhealthy, but the selection in Korean food is anything but sparse.

  5. It all comes down to marketing. 25 years ago, you'd probably see a similar atrocious percentage of meals served with salad. Then every fast food joint started advertising their salads, and I'd be the percentage made a huge leap. Now they're advertising half pound burgers and bun-less piles of fried meats. Is it any wonder? I bet of McDonald's and KFC started pushing their salads again, we'd see it start swinging back the other way.

  6. Mr. Hangook,

    My apologies. Sparse in regard to what I personally enjoy. Also, sparse in regard to Authentic Korean dishes relative to "Western dishes".

    The Korean kids are eating at Lotteria, McDonalds, Burger King etc. This is a terrible injustice!

  7. Just thought I'd mention that the $1 side salad at McDonald's is the far and away the thing I most frequently order from them.

  8. I am living in Korea now and that is one of the things I really love about Korea; the small produce stores that sell fresh vegetables/fruit. So much more of the food is fresh here when compared to the U.S. where nearly everything seems so processed and built for convenience and comfort. Americans want everything easy, fast, and convenient. It is unhealthy. By the looks at the state of the society over there, I would say it is taking its toll. If somehow all that marketing and product innovation could be fused with the Korean work ethic and steel hard diligence, then we might have a perfect combination.

  9. The Korean kids are eating at Lotteria, McDonalds, Burger King etc. This is a terrible injustice!

    Indeed. The rate at which fatness is happening among Korean kids is upsetting and alarming.


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