Overweight + obesity have become the greatest threats to our health.
No wonder we’re suffering from higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and certain cancers - all diseases linked to obesity and overweight. In order for the healthy choice to be the easy choice, we have to advocate for better public policies and business practices that improve our nutrition and physical activity environments.
Many obesity prevention interventions in the past have focused on changing individual behavior, without adequately addressing the need for systemic environmental change. In low-income regions of the United States, including many inner city areas and rural regions, healthy options are commonly hard to find. The dramatic increase in obesity over the past two decades is related to an environment burdened with inexpensive, high-calorie convenience foods and super-sized portions, as well as a marked decrease in physical activity.
Market makeovers are one strategy that aims to prevent obesity by working directly with community residents, community organizations and market owners to offer fresh, good quality fruits and vegetables to consumers consistently and reliably.