A Nation Starved of Nutrition

A Nation Starved of Nutrition

An individual’s quality of life is directly impacted by a healthy, well balanced diet, however, knowledge of what that entails or how to obtain one is limited for so many. Availability of educational resources relating to nutrition is particularly scarce among the lower socioeconomic sector of Americans. Unsurprisingly, that same class contributes the most to the obesity rate in this country. Failure to make healthy food choices leads to poor overall health. Notably, the focus of campaigns addressing childhood hunger includes adding calories to ensure that kids don’t go to bed feeling hungry. This population, however, might be better served by educating families on the importance of prioritizing quality over quantity when it comes to what they eat. Over the last decade, the number of ‘hungry’ Americans remained stagnant. The efficiency and usage of government assistance programs have significantly expanded, but hunger still exists. In fact, it hasn’t budged.

Key Points:

  • 1An individual’s quality of life is directly impacted by a healthy, well balanced diet, however, knowledge of what that entails or how to obtain one is limited for so many.
  • 2Failure to make healthy food choices leads to poor overall health. Notably, the focus of campaigns addressing childhood hunger includes adding calories to ensure that kids don’t go to bed feeling hungry.
  • 3While all of these assistance programs have substantial outreach, the fact that there are still 48 million food insecure Americans is concerning.


Low income neighborhoods habitually lack full service grocery stores. Often times convenience and liquor stores become the only option for nourishment, neither of which offer healthy, sustainable items. In actuality, such locations actually embody the antithesis of a healthy, thriving nation.

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