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    Eat fresh?

    Eat fresh?

    Today I read in the Journal that Subway has surpassed McDonalds in number of locations worldwide. The Journal article cited the unusual location of some Subway restaurants and left the analysis for the growth of the chain rather open-ended. Perhaps, though, the growth of the chain in the past five years has been indicative of a new trend in American dining.

    In the past decade, the media has bemoaned the rise in obesity in the United States. Diabetes is a looming threat on life expectancy and national obesity may become even more of a social issue under Obamacare as healthcare costs rise in tandem with unhealthy lifestyles. Yet, unlike many other countries, I find that America actively works on their cultural impediments. We’ve stamped out smoking culture, found ways to decrease the amount of drunk driving, promote safe sex, etc. etc. through our weird collective social conscious (to my chagrin, one that has had help from an active legislature). If there is a nation proactive enough to reverse an epidemic like obesity, I certainly think our country is the one for the job. I don’t have much evidence to corroborate my intuition on this one, but I think we’re going to see a trend towards personal health in the next few years. If I had to invest, I’d “long” Subway, EnergyKitchen, and other health-conscious restaurants.

    Do you have the same optimism for American health?


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    Those subway buns are pretty big and full of carbohydrates.

    every time someone tells me "xyz is good for you" i take it off the menu.

    after all, these are the same mental giants and world class scientists that believe in AGW…

    besides, the leading cause of death in America today is living. we've all got to go, so i'm gonna go doing, eating and drinking what i enjoy rather than die miserable and hungry
    (or worse, s*ber %-)

    @Margaret Get a salad version then? Besides bread isn't going to be the biggest problem in Americans diets (myself included) its usually overloading on things with high fructose corn syrup (which is in everything… if they can find a way to put HFCS in something they will).

    I'm not in shape, but I'm not even close to obese. My mother is diabetic so she pesters me to death about watching what I eat.

    kitty | March 9, 2011 at 6:51 am

    We'll all get a bit thinner as food prices rise.

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