Portion Education To Curb Obesity Epidemic
Organized by: Miriam Gantman
This campaing is to educate low incme individuals about important aspects of day-to-day nutrition.
At present in the United States, 17% percent of children are obese with obesity rates increasing to 35% by adulthood. Even more people are overweight, with advertisements for empty calorie foods contributing to these numbers being at an all-time high. This problem is compounded for those individuals farther down the socioeconomic scale due to decreased levels of education and “health awareness,” and because empty calories are cheap.
In large part, the reason for the rise in obesity and the associated obesity-related diseases are ENORMOUS and/or unbalanced meals. Many fast food companies advertise astronomical portion sizes for just a a little of extra money. But, bigger portions do not mean healthier meals or more bang for your , as many have come to understand. These meals only offer a good value for pure calories, which when unused by the body, are stored as fat tissue. But this is not all.
Many individuals are unaware of healthful portion sizes when preparing their own meals since this information is not always readily available to all. As part of a community outreach project I aim to work towards improving this situation. To start I will print 1,000 MyPlate magnets, order other educational materials, and gather necessary supplies to prepare presentations. I will work with individuals who are recipients of food packages from The Common Pantry, which is in part a food distribution center in Harlem NY. My goal is to educate food recipients about healthy portion sizes, what are healthful vs not so healthful grains, protein, and dairy options, and present them with some written materials and a magnet to put on their refrigerators. These magnets (colorful and eyecatching, such as the one in my picture) will serve as a reminder of what a healthful plate should look like once people are home. I believe that by providing these magnets, we would be advocating an important message about proper portion sizes and nutrition to their recipients. Each time they will open or look at their refrigerators, they will receive the message. This small bit of information can have a lasting impact on their dietary intake, as well that of their friends and families. It will be my, hopefully impactful, contribution in the fight against obesity.