Obesity Epidemic

Take a few moments to scroll through the images below. With the exception of the last one, they are CDC maps showing “Obesity Trends” in the United States from 1985 through 2010.  Watch the colors change on the maps as the incidence of obesity rises over time.

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There are many theories as to how and why this happened.  The image below shares some figures from around the same time period, showing a shift in where our food comes from and how it is prepared.  From 1970 to 2010, Americans have shifted our food spending habits — instead of purchasing food that we prepare from scratch at home, we now spend a majority of our food dollars on prepared food.  Interestingly when we also add obesity trends to the same graph, we see that they are parallel lines on the graph, indicating a possible relationship between what kind of food we consume, and our waistlines.

At genHkids, we believe that at least part of the solution is to make a shift back to preparing and eating REAL FOOD, and our Eat Real programming is designed to educate families about how they can do that, and why it is important.