In my family, we’ve always shown love through food. When we are joyful, we make food. When we want to show sadness or anger or sorrow, we make food. And in my culture, we traditionally make a lot of foods that are high in fat with lard.
Do community- and group-based interventions offer a scalable approach to childhood obesity? Clinical evidence is promising, but we have to we solve the funding dilemma before childhood overweight and obesity levels are significantly reduced.
Today, Philadelphia has one of the nation’s largest citywide networks of farmers’ markets in low-income communities. But this thriving program, operated for the last 20 years by The Food Trust, had a bumpy road to success.
On-the-ground experience in Philadelphia, which recently documented a small but statistically significant drop in childhood obesity rates, shows that community involvement and partnership—among corner store owners and others, including kids—can help make a difference.
In one study, watching 40 minutes of The Biggest Loser caused viewers to have "significantly higher levels of dislike of overweight individuals." Surely tackling the childhood obesity epidemic should be done from a place of empathetic concern, even love. Not active dislike.
Childhood obesity is one of the most significant health threats facing our nation’s children. Almost one third of US kids are overweight or obese. But in some cities and communities across the nation, rates are improving. Everyday heroes like David are turning the tide.