Obesity

Data from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National Center for Health Statistics, Division of National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Prevalence of Overweight, Obesity, and Extreme Obesity Among Adults: United States, Trends 1976–1980 Through 2007–2008.

Everyone deserves reasonable access to accurate information about nutrition and how food choices influence health. However, the health needs of our diverse population are not being met by current food policies and by standardized nutrition recommendations.

A sense of community has arisen around questioning our nation’s current approach to food and nutrition. The Healthy Nation Coalition has garnered support from a wide range of interested parties in the academic, public health, medical, agricultural, educational, and philanthropic communities. We reject the notion that there is one approach to diet that works for all Americans. We believethat by joining these communities with other efforts underway in food system reform and government accountability, we can foster positive changes in our food, nutrition, and health systems that will benefit all Americans.

Our practices, values, and beliefs about food, nutrition, and health are multi-faceted and idiosyncratic. In addition, each of us—while having much in common—is a unique metabolic puzzle. How do we encourage progress in our food, nutrition, and health systems—which are equally complex and intertwined—with an understanding that food is not just about nutrients and that individualnutritional needs can be highly varied?

The Healthy Nation Coalition will  promote three key concepts to address that question:

1) Essential Nutrition – a movement to help individuals and families better understand and meet their own essential nutritional needs at their life stage(s).  This is our first and foremost goal and we are actively working to effect change in this area.

2) Open Nutrition – a movement to raise awareness regarding the laws, policies, institutions, and other social, economic, and cultural forces that impact access to nutrition information and development of sustainable systems that produce foods that support

3) Cultural Nutrition – a movement to foster an understanding of the cultural forces that shape our nutrition beliefs and our relationships to food and food communities.

Help us create thoughtful progress towards a better nourished and healthierfuture for all Americans.…