We also visited Dolly Parton's Lumberjack Adventure Dinner show. The show was amazing. There was lots of acrobatics and lumberjacking displays. There was plenty southern comfort food too. Corn on the cob, sweet cole slaw, buttermilk biscuits, deep fried breaded chicken and pulled pork with a peach turnover for dessert all washed down with sweet tea or coke.
The south is most profoundly affected by the obesity epidemic and presently, it looks like that's not gonna change soon.
We packed up the minivan and headed to Tennessee. We visited the Smoky Mountains, stayed in a lovely cabin where I cooked up some nice steaks and veggies on the charcoal grill. Good family fun. We also went to Dollywood, the local theme park. My girls are quite fond of the roller coasters.
There is a downside, The food experience in the parks is kinda horrific. They sell these 32 ounce insulated refillable plastic souvenir cups 2 for 20 bucks. I can't imagine how many teaspoons of sugar one would get over the course of the day. There is 23 teaspoons of sugar in each fill-up of the souvenir cup. It was 93 degrees and humid during our visit and plenty of fluids were required. Say, you fill that baby up twice; that's 46 teaspoons of sugar!! Remember 6 tsp is the upper limit of safe intake of sugar for a female and 9 for a male and kids 6. These things ought to carry biohazard labels. They are guaranteed cause fatty liver disease if not hyperglycemia. Fortunately water and ice was gratis there. Too many of the visitors and employees of Dollywood were clearly affected by obesity already and this level of sugar consumption is obviously most detrimental.
Eric Sodicoff MD
Member: Obesity medince Association