Pressing Concerns and How to Fix Them – Part One

“Based on all of your research and experience, what would you identify as three of the most pressing concerns [in the nutrition world] and, of the three, which would you take immediate action to remedy (assuming you had unlimited resources to address the problem).”

-Scott Morrison

The above quotation is a portion of a comment that I received in response to a recent post about fast food.  It’s such a fascinating question!  I thought that the most effective way of tackling it would be to follow the blog format I used in a much earlier “What is Health?” two part series.  If you recall from the “What Is Health?” blog posts, the first post pertaining to the question asked for subscribers’ thoughts and opinions on the issue.  The second and final post on the topic addressed my own feelings towards the subject.  We’re going to be doing a similar thing here!  So for this week, please take a moment to identify three of the most pressing concerns that fall under the category of nutrition and health in the United States and around the world, and then determine which issue you would take immediate action to solve.  I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think, and stay tuned for my thoughts in the second part of this series!

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Pressing Concerns and How to Fix Them – Part One

  1. Rachel

    Okay Katie, here are my three:
    1.) Higher prices for fresh food/very low prices for processed, nutritionally weak food
    2.) Factory farming
    3.) Unequal distribution of agricultural products throughout the world. For example, a bakery throwing out day old products while there are starving communities elsewhere in the world.

    I’d choose to take immediate action on number 3. As we become more and more of a global community, before we focus on what we eat we need to make sure that all the members of our community have access to a substantial source of food to begin with.
    I’m interested to see your response!

    1. You’ve brought up such timely issues, in particular, the third proposed change that you brainstormed is resonating with me! It’s tragic and unfair that a surplus of food in one area of the world cannot aid a dearth of food in another area of the world. Given the advanced technologies and the unique inventions of our world, it is puzzling why agricultural products are distributed unequally. As you stated, this unequal distribution is problematic, especially as we become more and more interconnected and as industry becomes more and more interdisciplinary. Thank you for your thoughtful response!

  2. Mrs. Dellovo

    1) Chemicals in processed foods.
    2) Hormones in milk and meat.
    3) False advertising.

    Keep up the great work, Katie! Your passion is inspiring!

    1. Thank you so much Mrs. Dellovo! I completely agree with you that false advertising is a huge challenge to be overcome in the world of nutrition and health. Buzzwords like ‘healthy’ and ‘natural’ are deceptive and they don’t paint the full picture of a product’s nutritional value to consumers. This breeds confusion and uncertainty about what is in our food.

    1. That’s certainly a fascinating point that you bring up… please expound on what you mean. Do you believe that there is a scarcity of solutions for the problems we’re grappling with in terms of health and nutrition? Or, do you believe that these conflicts aren’t interconnected enough to be able to state them concisely in three proposed changes? I’m interested in hearing your response!

      1. Jen

        I think one of the changes that needs to be addressed is how we can get the unhealthy substances that are banned from other countries, banned from the U.S. as well. How do we obtain more government involvement?

        I think that many people have been learning (thanks to your blog) how to eat healthy, but how do you sustain that with every meal and every snack?

        Also with the world hunger issues that are prevelant, how can we convert the wasted food, primarily in the restaurant industries, into healthy nutrition for those less fortunate?

        Thanks Katie!

      2. Increased government involvement is definitely a necessity. As you mentioned, it’s shocking how unhealthy substances that are banned in other countries are not banned from the United States. It definitely seems as though change at the federal level would be a huge start in combatting the issues surrounding food and nutrition that our world is facing today. Thank you for your response!

  3. Such a tough question, and of course there are so many issues to address, but just off the top of my head….
    * access to AFFORDABLE healthy, whole foods for everyone
    * support for sustainable, organic farming, with the whole picture (healthy food, healthy community, healthy environment) considered.
    * letting schools become a place where children learn to eat well with access to varied GOOD food choices, instead of giving them processed foods and calling ketchup a vegetable. How about actually cooking food in those glorious kitchens instead of heating up pancakes in a plastic bag?

    1. I’m against calling ketchup a vegetable and heating up pancakes in a plastic bag too, especially when these practices take the place of incorporating whole foods of nutritional value into the diets of school children. Additionally, excellent point about how the educational component regarding nutrition is sometimes lacking in our schools. I also think that the word “sustainable” that you used in your second proposed change is key to beginning a positive chain reaction of health and happiness in our communities and our world!

  4. El

    I would try and take on packaging and what the food companies put on the nutrition labels. Big business wins because it’s all about the money not the health of the general public.

    1. I concur that appropriate packaging that doesn’t make false, crazy health claims is a giant undertaking that needs to be spearheaded. As you mentioned, there is also a strong case to be made for making nutrition labels even more accurate and detailed. Overall, there is a lack of awareness surrounding these labels, and I believe that more education is needed to show people how to properly read and understand ingredient and nutrition labels. Thank you for your response!

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