We often recollect on the past with great fondness and nostalgia. Gas prices were cheaper, things were built with a better quality, and our society was thinner as a whole. Often times the nostalgia is biased, and does not warrant any attention. Things were cheaper because they were but when adjusting it to the cost of living by today’s standards, its comparable to modern times. Gas, well many don’t recall the gas price surges and the shortages that made drivers pump on certain days of the week, based on license plate numbers. But, there might be some truth that our society was a bit thinner in the 1980s, and we’re going to explore the possible reasons why.
In a study done by Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, it is harder for adults to maintain the same weight as the adults from 20 to 30 years ago – even with the same amount of caloric intake and exercise. According to the study, people are 10% heavier than their comparable peers from the 1980s. Jennifer Kuk, from York University, theorizes that the chemicals used to package food, pesticides, and even flame retardants that we are exposed to, can alter our hormones and the way our bodies store and maintain weight. The rise of prescription drugs such as anti-depressants are known to cause weight gain as an expected side-effect. Additionally, the rising consumption of meats can alter the normal flora in the intestines due to the use of animal hormones and antibiotics, which are very important in ensuring growth.
So what does it all mean? Well first of all, we all come in different body types. But do we just wait around for a magical pill that allows us to lose weight without exercise? Not quite. Given our sedentary lifestyles and our susceptibility to gain weight, one has to be more conscious with caloric intake, and possibly find other ways to lower our intake. It also means working out more, or living a more active lifestyle. Fitness is important. Weight loss is simply expending more calorie than what you’re taking in. It also means cutting back on the excesses, such as alcohol and candies.
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If you’re unable to abstain from drinking, there might be a beer that offers some nutritional benefit. A company called Supplemental Brewing is conjuring up a beer that offers 4 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbs, with 122 calories. The caloric side of it is high when compared to other light beers, but there is a moderate amount of protein, though definitely not as much as you would get from tofu or even animal meats. However, the idea seems more novel rather than practical.
We’re not too sure how much validity there is with the 1980s being a skinnier decade than our current times. After all, the reasons listed are theorized. And we shouldn’t live our lives fixated on the past. We thought it’ll be fun to give some tidbits.