How Can We Solve the Obesity Epidemic in the U.S.?

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Well we desperately need one to realize that obesity, bad nutrition and lack of physical activity is a huge problem in the United States. We need to view it as a pediatric and adult public health problem, once we start realizing it's a problem, realizing it is a public health issue we need to start educating people, educating communities to change things.

The built environment actually decreases our exercise. Suburban communities without side walks, people who used to walk to the grocery store to get there food now drive several miles to get their food so we get less exercise. In the inter city it's crime that keeps people indoor that they don't get exercise.

Then when we look at food we're getting high calorie very dead fluids that have very little nutrient value. The fast food industry didn't exist in the 1960s and it's a big industry today. When we look at sugar, sweetened beverages, large number of calories consumed in sugar sweetened beverages, no nutritive value whatsoever, we've got to change all those things, we got to focus on five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables every day.

Average in the United States is about two and a half, some states like Mississippi, the average vegetable, fruit and vegetable consumption is less than one serving per day, that's got to change.