UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
Our eating habits as a country has changed dramatically in the past 50 years, and one of our most noticeable differences is shown on the scale.
This week is Texas Obesity Awareness Week, and the McLennan County report card is not looking good.
According to the report, 63 percent of adults are overweight or obese and 40 percent of children are overweight or obese.
Dr. Christopher Puempel said it's from a lack of convenient fresh foods and also larger plate sizes.
"Most of the convenient foods we have available to us aren't going to be as nutritionally sound as of course the fresh vegetables and the fruits and the things that are not as convenient to prepare. The reality of it is, a normal size adult meal, in most cases, is the medium-sized salad plate in your set of plates at home. The big dinner plate we buy, is just too big," Puempel said.
He said the best way to combat a busy schedule is to make a plan.
"If you know you're going to have a hectic day then you may have to precook a meal, or if you find yourself going through the drive-thru, find that item on the menu that's going to be the best option," he said.
It is estimated that 50 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030.
But there are convenient foods that won't pack on the pounds.
'A medium-sized piece of fruit, a handful of almonds or nuts, always look for a natural alternative to what the other packaged kind of processed food is," Puempel said.
And doctors say the one way we can battle the epidemic is by creating awareness.
"We as any kind of a pseudo-leader position in society have got to continue to try to educate," Puempel said.