I'm very vocal against 'brown food' but I think there is a lot more awareness than we think. They know it's unhealthy and fattening but 'it's what is done' and it's 'traditional' and apparently written down in some invisible shulchan aruch. To the point that they'll discuss using red potatoes with the peel instead of regular peeled russets for potato salad but it wouldn't occur to them to eliminate or cut down on the mayo or forget about this 'salad' altogether.
Sorry, I don't mean to throw a damper on your ideas. It's just that it's a major pet peeve of mine. Even in my community where many many people eat well we still have those who refuse to change a thing.
No, you're right. My hope is that even thought we "know" it's not good for us, we're not thrown the actual information (calories, fat grams, tripled portion sizes, etc), so it's a lot easier to just pretend there's nothing unhealthy about it. I feel like dry facts and numbers may help a bit.
Entirely pointless. I completely disagree that the "obesity crisis" is caused by Shabbos overeating. I gained some weight over Sukkos and within a few weeks after it was over the weight disappeared because I went back to my usual pattern of eating. No matter how much you're eating on Shabbos, that's two meals out of 21 per week; It's the other 19 meals that are causing people to gain weight; Weight Watchers even builds in a "free day" of eating so long as you're saving your points the rest of the week.
For a period of time, I avoided eating the Shabbos meals aside from a piece of fish and salad. Those weeks, I lost an extra pound. Whenever I ate regular shabbos meals, I either gained a pound or maintained my weight.
I do believe that Shabbos has a huge impact on our health.
What would work better is education. Classes in school for kids, and classes in shuls and community centers for adults. But as everyone knows, it is extremely difficult for most adults to successfully change their eating habits and keep off weight for any significant amount of time.
Of course this is the ultimate idea, but it'll never work at all. I can hardly picture the chassidish mother or father going out to a nutrition lecture. And some schools do have nutrition classes; I did. But it was in high school, and by the time we graduated, married and set up our own homes, we'd forgotten it all.