It's no wonder that weight has become such a problem in the US among most age groups -- 34% of US adults over age 20. (See state-by-state trends here.) Browse through this selection of tempting desserts offered at American restaurants. Who would think that one could consume such huge quantities of calories, fat, sugar, and sodium in a single serving of anything!
Slideshow: 15 Worst Desserts | Eat This, Not That
(Note: This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an endorsement of Men's Health magazine.)
Note that the better recommendations in the slideshow are not particularly healthy, but they are less bad than the worst offenders.
Those of us who run or engage in other types of strenuous exercise must be very careful to avoid the fallacious thinking that because I run, I can eat whatever I want. If I'm maintaining my weight with my normal amount of eating and current level of running miles, it would take an additional half marathon -- actually 13.28 miles to counter the calories contained in Romano’s Macaroni Grill New York Cheesecake with Caramel Fudge Sauce (1660 calories -- more than 3 Big Macs -- and the saturated fat equivalent of 57 strips of bacon).
A huge part of who you are physically (pun intended) is what you eat.
Off to run 5 miles or so.
Run well, y'all,