A New Year's Resolution That Benefits Everyone: Upgrading How We Evaluate and Shape Our Food Environment

January 7, 2015 5:51 PM

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A recent report released by the McKinsey Global Institute highlighted the global financial cost of obesity to be around $2 trillion, about the same cost as war and smoking. In the United States alone, we pay $344 billion to manage the healthcare cost of diabetes, a cost that is projected to only increase. By 2050, the Center For Disease Control predicts that 1 out of 3 adults will have type 2 diabetes. An article entitled The State of US Health (1990-2010), also demonstrated that an unhealthy diet is now the single leading cause of poor health, death, and disability in America.

During the month of January, millions of Americans will begin the process of trying to improve their health and avoid becoming one of these statics. People will join gyms, buy diet plans advertised on television, or drink coffee made with butter that is promoted as a nutritional powerhouse by celebr...

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