Poland makes losing weight look like a piece of cake (pun intended). Unlike Canadians, Poles only spend about 5% of their family budget on eating out. Canadians, on the other hand, spend a shocking 30% of their total food expenditures on eating at restaurants. This research was conducted in a recent study by Statistics Canada, and to many health care professionals, the correlation between eating out and obesity is nothing new or surprising. People who eat out more tend to eat more processed and unhealthy foods, whereas people who eat out less tend to weigh less. So why are families dining out so much? The consensus seems to be that the influx of women in the workforce has lead to a less home cooked meals and is closely linked to the rise in obesity in the last 3 decades. Of course, this isn't condemning women for their choice to work outside of the home. Let’s remember that it is everyone’s responsibility to contribute to the health and wellness of their family. Why not try spending a Sunday rallied in the kitchen with your kin. Cook meals for the week ahead together and freeze them. It is also useful to track exactly how much you are spending dining out so you can have a visual aid to motivate you to spend less and eat cleaner.
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