by Dolores (MAS)- I think about food all the time. Not only do I love it, but as a recent graduate of a nutrition program, it was all I talked about for 2 years. While we often focused on the more cellular and biochemical details of nutrition—where digestion occurred, how different nutrients are transported and absorbed by the body, and how to extract the most nutrition out of our food, we often failed to ask more important questions. Even if we, the nutrition experts, know what is best to eat and the best way to extract all of a food’s nutrition from it, if people aren’t eating these foods, then does it really matter? What are the vast majority of people eating? And is it all that bad?
In recent years there has been uproar and a focus on the obesity epidemic that has spread throughout the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control, 37% of Americans are obese and obesity is linked to disease such as Type II Diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. I studied countless of different behavioral theories and looked at studies that used these theories to change the eating habits and help people lose weight to combat this obesity crisis. However, most of these studies failed to provide fundamental solutions and changes in the end. Continue reading