Have you ever been to Europe or another country outside of the USA? Have you ever noticed how people typically look different? You aren't seeing things, they really do look different.
As a first generation American, I have 99% of my mother's family still living in Italy. I have been there many times and have lived their for months on end. It is not hard to see that their lifestyle is completely different than ours and for the better. Every time I go there I always feel out of place. My family jokes around with my mom and they call her "shrek" (sorry mom if you are reading this). My mother is your average size woman (actually most would call her small in America). She is 5'3 and about 130lb. So why do they call her shrek? Well, according to my family, our American body frames are COMPLETELY different than their frames and a 130lb woman looks "huge." This isn't only my family that I see it in, it is everywhere. The best example I can give are models. Models around the world are generally the same size (maybe a zero - 2) but the Americans seem to look different than the European models. Have you ever noticed this? I did a little research a few years back and dug into this topic. Why do Europeans (specifically because this is the only place I've ever been besides the US) look different than Americans?
Now, we all know the obvious- we eat more. Yes, our portions at restaurants and our plate sizes at home are tripled. That is an easy fix... if you can commit to it. What else is different? Well, if you don't live in the city and you rely on your car more than you should then you probably aren't getting a lot of exercise. This is also an easy fix... get moving more. But what is the REAL reason behind "different body compositions?"
The REAL reason for this difference in appearance, in my opinion, is the GMO. GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. The USA loves to take advantage of GMO because it increases food production which in turn increases revenue. Hello dollar signs! Who cares about our health, we're making money! Right? Sure, it sounds all hunky dory but these GMO's are a serious threat to our health and it is becoming more apparent as the years go on.
Why are GMO's bad for you?
1) GMO's do not have to be listed on food products and therefore can be "hidden" in our food with unknown side effects. Why would the FDA hide something that ISN'T bad for us?
2) Little research has been done but studies have shown on rats that GMOs can cause chronic wasting and birth defects.
3) They require pesticides and mass amounts and in turn this can be harmful for us to consume.
4) They can cause food allergies (notice the rise in this lately?????)
5) Increase toxicity
6) Decrease the nutritional value of the food
7) Antibiotic resistance
8) Can cause cancer
Now, there is not much research done on all of this and I am sure more will surface within a few years, but it is VERY important to note that GMO's are banned in 26 countries! Why? Because they know they are toxic and can cause harm to their bodies... so why hasn't the USA caught on? Maybe the USA doesn't want to catch on just yet.
In my opinion, I do think that Europe has a better handle on getting more exercise and eating healthier food BUT they also have better QUALITY of food. Have you ever tried an Italian tomato? The taste of it is INCOMPARABLE to an American grown tomato. This goes for almost all of their food. Have you ever been to Europe and seen a fruit or vegetable in season year round? Probably not... but you will HERE! We ship food from different parts of the country and from all around the world but do you think that food can really stay fresh for that long unless it is modified?
So before you reach for those apples and pears to put into your cart, think twice. Naturally grown foods and organic foods might be more expensive but heck, the price for a healthier body far outweighs that of an unhealthy body. Take care of yourself NOW.
In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.