Mississippi Blues: Fixes to Obesity Are Not Working

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“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
 – Albert Einstein

Today the Associated Press reported that, once again, Mississippi claimed the top spot as the #1 obese state. This news is not a surprise. What’s surprising is that we don’t “get it” that the same type of proposed solutions  – educating consumers, blaming the food industry and calling for even more government initiatives – have done nothing to derail the rise in obesity. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures. It’s time to engage the 800-pound gorilla – the food industry – to get us out of this mess. Yes, the food industry has increased the number of calories available to eat by 29% over the last 50 years. And yes, those oversized portions are not a mirage. But relying on the government to show up with effective programs and expecting consumers to overnight change their dietary habits is a pipe dream.

It’s time to trash our preconceived notions about how to solve this epidemic and give the food industry an incentive to come to the rescue. It’s time to (gasp!) consider tax credits for food and restaurant corporations that lower the number of calories they drop into America’s food trough.

Only then will we finally see some progress.

5 Responses to “Mississippi Blues: Fixes to Obesity Are Not Working”

  1. Rachel J says:

    Hello,
    I was just introduced to your book this morning and I can’t wait to read it once it’s in my hands. I have lots of personal experience with obesity and some points of conjecture so far with the Myths & Realities page on this site. However, we are coming at this issue from opposite sides of the same coin. Being an accomplished food professional you see the evil in the business of making money by feeding people. Being a daughter to an over-weight, un-healthy and getting-worse-all-the-time father who refuses to change his ways even with the myriad of programs, education, and health food options, I see obesity as a behavior problem the individual has to want to change.
    Hopefully through me reading your book and us getting to know one another we can have an enlightening on-going discussion about the love and the abuse of food.
    Thanks for reading,
    -Rachel Joyce

  2. Scott says:

    The food industry has ruined and sold out the American people. We should be looking at the biggest lawsuit in USA history!! http://ezinearticles.com/?Borderline-Diabetes—What-is-a-Normal-Blood-Sugar-Level?&id=3606928

  3. Scott says:

    I am really sick and tired of Washington in bed with the food industry, Americans must wake up!!!! Even type 2 diabetes is a scam by the food industry http://www.prlog.org/10490782-filmmaker-camino-teams-up-with-scribd-to-sell-type-2-diabetes-diet-cure.html

  4. Thanks for your posts Scott. I believe that unless we engage the food industry, the obesity and diabetes problems will persist. Not seeing the Big Picture has plagued all vested parties – industry, government and we the consumer. It’s time to move past blame and effect practical solutions.

  5. Amiria says:

    Great blog! 🙂

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