Oct 19, 2009

You Can Have Too Much of a Good Thing: Hidden Health Implications of Ice Cream Overdose

Advice directly off Cold Stone's main page:
"Ice cream for breakfast, a smoothie for lunch, and a sensible cake for dinner? – Who says you can’t eat this amazing ice cream for all three meals?"

As amazing as that sounds… one gigantic Cold Stone creation is unhealthy, let alone 3! Portion control is already a struggle for many Americans. By serving huge sizes as normal portions, Cold Stone feeds into the problem of over eating. By scaling down their sizes, Cold Stone’s image would improve. Instead of being the McDonalds of the ice cream world, super sizing everything, Cold Stone would be looking out for customers health.

Ice Cream and Health

"Everyone knows that ice cream isn't good for you — it's a splurge, but most people don't realize how much of a splurge it is." - Jayne Hurley, senior nutritionist - Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

The CSPI found:
· Chocolate-dipped waffle cone + Chunky Monkey ice cream (Ben & Jerry's)
= roughly as much as a one-pound rack of ribs
· "Mint Chip Dazzler" sundae (Haagen-Dazs) = a T-bone steak,Caesar salad and baked potato with sour cream
· Love it size "Mud Pie Mojo"— coffee ice cream, almonds, fudge, Oreos, pb and whip cream (Cold Stone) = saturated fat/calorie level of 2 personal pan pepperoni pizzas from Pizza Hut

US Obesity Statistics:
I just studied abroad in Spain for 6 months, and many people I met thought ALL Americans were extremely over weight because of what they had seen of Americans on TV. When you look around, U.S. portion sizing plays a very LARGE role in fulfilling our unflattering.

Obesity means a body mass index (BMI)/height-weight ratio of 30 or greater.

Excess cholesterol & saturated fats increase risk for cardiovascular disease.

Excess sugar intake cause cause risk for developing diabetes (type 2).

Some startling stats:
"To return to the average weights of the 1970s, we would need to reverse the increased food intake of about 350 calories a day for children (about one can of fizzy drink and a small portion of French fries) and 500 calories a day for adults (about one large hamburger)"
– Chair/Professor Boyd Swinburn - World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity

· Over 1/3 of U.S. adults (72 million people) and 16% of U.S. children are obese.

· Since 1980, obesity rates for adults have doubled and rates for children have tripled.
· In 2000, obesity-related health care costs totaled an estimated $117 billion.
· The Center for Disease Control and Prevention just released in July that the estimate has risen to $147 billion per year.

Unhealthy eating could lead to diabetes, especially if you are “pre-diabetes,” meaning your blood sugar levels are higher than normal and you are at risk for developing type 2, when your body ignores the insulin produced or doesn’t produce enough.

41 million Americans have pre-diabetes. They may show no symptoms, but studies show most develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years. - American Diabetes Association (ADA)Take the Pre Diabetes Risk Test

Fat-free ice cream may seem better, but with those with diabetes. Fat slows the digestive process so fat-free iced can dump carbs into the bloodstream quickly, blood glucose can spike rapidly.

Unwanted Hormones

Dairy products have been known to include harmful hormones. Luckily, by this year over half of America’s biggest dairies have rejected the injecting of their cows with the recombinant bovine growth hormone, rBGH or rBST, that makes them produce more milk. This hormone increases disease rates in cows and has been linked to higher cancer rates in humans.


Over consumption can be harmful to the health! Cold Stone is a prime example of way too much of a good thing. MODERATION is the key, and if Cold Stone starts helping Americans portion their ice cream, maybe we can change these statistics, benefiting company image and the American stereotype.

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