I became a dietitian because I find all of the factors that influence our diet to be endlessly interesting. Personal choices, culture, geography, socio-economic factors and public policy are all part of the puzzle that makes up what we eat.
At this point, just about everyone knows that what we are eating is making us sick and that we need to make some pretty serious changes. Over two-thirds of our adult population is overweight or obese as well as 17% of our children. Obesity is not the only problem. Heart disease is still the number one killer of men and women (independent of weight) in this country. In fact, the top four killers of Americans are chronic, often preventable, diseases.
Diet, exercise, and food policy undeniably play a primary role in these issues. Of course personal choices are important, but the policies that dictate what choices are available need to be addressed as well.
The phrase “changing for keeps” is in reference to our individual choices as well as our policies. In my mind, individual responsibility and food policy are the two sides of the same coin. Food policy determines everything about our food supply; from what foods are available and how much they cost to who can qualify for assistance to what type of marketing tactics companies can use. Every person has the responsibility to make good choices, but food policy determines how difficult those choices will be.
When I started this blog, I thought it would be about personal health choices and weight loss. The more I learn, the more I understand that it needs to be about more than that. For us to find our way out of this health crisis, we need to change the choices we are making but we also need to change our food policy as a whole.
Changing for Keeps will give you advice on ways to make healthy choices easier, inform you about relevant food policy issues, and throw in some tasty recipes as well.
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