How America’s diet has changed over time | Pew Research Center

Limburger cheese

Limburger cheese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Product using the English spelling

Product using the English spelling “yogurt” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Fried Chicken - breasts. I used Drake...

English: Fried Chicken – breasts. I used Drake’s Cripsy Fry and deep fried them)or wings) to crispy perfection. No seasoning needed, in the mix. I did add crushed black pepper after done. I sometimes use or mix Crispy Fry as an alternative mix. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an interesting article from Pew Research Center. It concludes, ‘We’re eating more chicken, cheese and yogurt, but less beef, margarine and ice cream’.

Source: How America’s diet has changed over time | Pew Research Center

I was rather disappointed in the data, the argument and the absence of conclusions. Let’s face it, America has a growing obesity crisis and a related healthcare crisis. Obesity is about consuming too much food, the wrong foods or inadequate exercise.

It’s also erroneous to generalize claiming reference to ‘Americans’. Additional data is needed about:

  • Age
  • Ethnicity/race
  • Education
  • Class
  • Income

The bottom line is that the US food and drink companies are marketing products that are contributing to the obesity crisis and the government is slow to intervene. But there are similar problems in Canada, Australia and the UK.

Thoughts?

We must tackle the growing burden of obesity | OECD Insights Blog

Obesity rates in Canada and other OECD nations.

Obesity rates in Canada and other OECD nations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The logo of the Organisation for Econ...

English: The logo of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) wit...

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) with Central Obesity, side view. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With 1 in 6 children overweight or obese in OECD area, OECD explores how to tackle the growing burden of obesity.

We must tackle the growing burden of obesity | OECD Insights Blog

The OECD paper provides a number of links to the latest comprehensive research into the growth of obesity.

One area that the OECD recommends intervention is school meals. It’s significant that the UK Conservative Party Manifesto 2017 has ignored the OECD recommendations by slashing subsidized school lunches. The UK is cited as one of the countries with an obesity crisis. Why are the political classes too scared to tackle obesity?

Thoughts?