When I reflect on the country’s current struggle against coronavirus disease 2019, It’s not a shocking revelation to say food politics in America is predominately promoting disease-supporting, obesogenic food trends. Let’s consider the cost of health and economic expenditures pertaining to obesity related health consequences. The nation spends a staggering $147 billion dollars per year on health costs related to chronic disease.
Bearing in mind the many factors that influence nutrition, it’s a challenge for many to understand what nutrition means, and how to apply it practically to daily living.
To me, nutrition is much more than a meal. It includes environmental factors, lifestyle factors, education, and, socioeconomic factors, ethnicity, food politics, as well as culture, age, inter and intrapersonal relationship, and genetics. With these factors considered, It’s not hard to understand how difficult it is navigativing the parameters of what healthy eating is and is not.
I believe the most fundamental change we can implement within the sphere of food politics is to educate Americans about nutrition and the role it plays in aging and the development of diet related chronic diseases.
Food truly can be a super power at recalibrating homeostatic factors within the body’s many systems. Having access to information about food integration and assimilation in the body can help people make healthier food choices thereby reducing annual health costs.
Implementing a nutrient dense diet that is high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients is a good base defense strategy for keeping the body and the mind in balance. It’s simple too. All it takes is a little motivation, education, and inspiration.