The the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and

American Diet’s Getting Healthier? Not So Fast

            An article published by the Time Magazine called The American Diet’s Getting Healthier? Not
So Fast discusses a slow progressive shift in most of the U.S American
diets (1). The publisher of the article Oaklander, describes that the
improvements of the typical American diets have slowly made a progress, however
not enough to make a change just yet (1).  He states that most individuals in the US fail
to meet adequate nutrition standards. (1). Even though the progress is slow,
there are some cultural and socioeconomic barriers. When examining which groups
of Americans progressed, the White Americans seemed to adopt a more healthful
lifestyle compared to minority groups and lower income groups (1).  According to Mozaffarian, an author and
doctor of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (1),
minorities and lower income groups were often “attracted” to the aggressive marketing
strategies and campaigns of fast food chains (1).

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            Oaklander discusses that as a collective whole, Americans
are making a slow progression into adopting a healthier and nutritious
lifestyle, however some groups are advancing more rapidly than others (1). One
major concern is the gaps between a person’s education and income strongly
influence the populations (groups) nutritional behaviors. In respects to the
growing epidemic of obesity, the public has not been fully educated on
practicing healthful nutrition habits, therefore, not making a “dent” in the
rates of obesity (1).

            Although the article does not mention organizations and
agencies that are helping in the slow progression of adopting healthier
lifestyles, one can infer that there are more individuals who are becoming
aware of the importance of practicing healthful diets and participating in
adequate physical activity.


            With the information provided in the article The American Diet’s Getting Healthier? Not
So Fast, there is insufficient research to fully conclude or support the
idea that Americans are slowly making a change in reshaping dietary practices
and habits. Interesting statistics such as Americans reporting they consume
more whole grains in their diets, or an increase in consumption of nuts, seeds,
and yogurt (1). While also reporting a decrease consumption of sugary
beverages. The author does not provide any statistical analysis of how, what,
or even when the data was collected, solely that Americans are making a “slow
progression” in adopting a healthier lifestyle.

            According to Obesity: Overview of an Epidemic published
article from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health,
states the growing and problematic recognition of obesity rates are rising about
thirty-four percent in adults and around twenty percent in children and young
adults (2). In the Times Magazine article, The
American Diet’s Getting Healthier? Not So Fast the author does not discuss
some of the concepts in which certain American groups or ethnicities are contributing
to the obesity epidemic. It leaves us wondering if it could relate to an individuals’
socioeconomic status, environment, social interactions, or perceived shared
values of overall nutrition. This article lacks information in how obesity
affects most individuals in the United States, while also does not mention
types of prevention methods that have been implemented to decrease obesity.

            Obesity is an on-going problematic concern in the United
States. The CDC’s response in combating obesity through community efforts. The
CDC has implemented preventative programs such as Early Care and Education (3)
to help reverse the obesity epidemic and promote healthful eating habits. While
also working on preventative programs and policies, the CDC has also
implemented healthy eating options through the school lunch programs called Salad Bars to Schools (3). Along with
promoting healthful foods through school lunch programs the CDC has also implemented
programs to promote physical activities in community centers and government
schools (3). Despite obesity being an on-going and problematic concern in the
United States efforts are being made to target populations who may be at risk
or who can benefit from nutritional education.