Traveling to other countries is a great way to see where we are strong and where we have a long way to go. You’ll see by the references at the bottom, we have some work to do.
I wonder – how was the government able to take on the tobacco industry years ago and yet they are still under the thumb of the food manufacturing industry? It’s true that no one needs tobacco products while we do need food. And it’s easy to confuse people when ketchup is classified as a vegetable in the school lunch program.
Customer compliance with the big manufacture food companies is instrumental to their success and power over our governmental agencies and leaders. Efforts to make their products appear “healthy”, quick, cheap and (through the miracle of advertising) life enhancing is just the beginning. We have to buy in. We have to believe it on some level to partner in the problem. Listening to a cab driver in Bali boast that they now have a McDonalds made me feel sick about the US contribution to the world in the area of nutrition. Image appears to be far more influential than our health and wellbeing, even to a people who appeared to have it going on in the “wellbeing” department.
It’s not as difficult or expensive as you think. I buy 2 bags of packaged goods and I’m out $100. I buy 2 bags of produce at Winco and I’m set back $30. And half of that is organic produce. Pinterest makes it easy to hold on to quick and healthy recipes and a little focus one night to plan your week and shopping is more life enhancing than many of the activities that eat away at our precious time.
As proof of the consumer’s power, soda consumption has fallen to a 30-year low in the US after warnings on obesity were widespread. The downside is that the switch to other sugary drinks, including juice, while a better option isn’t a great option.
Consumer driven demand is what will change the options in our country. For the health of us all, I hope you are paying attention to what you’re eating. If I can help, please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Not so fun facts…
1 out of every 3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050 if we continue on the same path we’re on. https://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/r101022.html
75% of our healthcare dollar goes towards the maintenance or treatment of metabolic disease. https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm
“Seven of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States are due to chronic diseases, and treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86% of our nation’s health care costs. People with chronic diseases often have a lower quality of life. Almost 1 in 5 (12 million) children and more than 1 in 3 (78 million) adults in the United States struggle with obesity, causing $147 billion in obesity-related health care costs each year.” https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/dnpao.htm