Okay. So this is the first Dietetic Dish post of 2014 because so far this semester has been just a lot of group projects and papers that make me want to rip my hair out.
But for one of my classes we are reading about Nutrition Policy Updates. Here’s the spill:
1. Trying to blame your obesity on something? Genes, lack of self-control, or not enough nutrition education? Think again. This post tells it to you straight. Did you know that 44% of male doctors are overweight and 55% of nurses are overweight or obese? COME ON, PEOPLE. Set an example.
2. The Hunger-Free Kids Act requires that school lunches provide adequate fruit and vegetable servings, right? Well the kids aren’t too happy about that. 70% of the produce gets through away by students.
3. Using “red light green light” food systems (red = unhealthy foods; green = healthy foods) in a workplace cafeteria led to higher sales of healthy items and these choices continued, even after two years. Green means go. Go eat your broccoli.
4. The obesity rate is leveling off for the first time in decades but the percent of extremely obese adults has increased to 6.3%. This means that while normal weights aren’t increasing to obesity levels, the obese are becoming more obese.
5. Sixteen of the top food and beverage companies sold 6.4 TRILLION fewer calories in the US in 2012 than in 2007. Good work, team. That averages to 78 calories per American per day. Totally helping us out for swimsuit season.
Conclusion? Eat your vegetables, eat ‘green light’ foods, and get a spiralizer because those things are seriously cool.