Obesity rates have spiraled out of control the past few decades and now represent a national epidemic. Cultural changes such as less exercise and increased time spent watching television or using the computer are partially to blame, but the primary reason for skyrocketing obesity rates is directly related to our nutrition. The kind of food we eat and the way we eat has drastically changed. Our food is denser, more caloric, and filled with more sugars and fats. We snack much more from these unhealthy foods, and portion sizes have increased dramatically.
Obesity is a national health emergency as it reduces life expectancy and quality of life through its connections to chronic diseases. It is also financially straining the U.S. health care system with its related health care expenses each year. There is no mystery how this epidemic should be tackled – and it starts with healthier lifestyles, including the food we eat. Nutritional education and our choices in food start in childhood and last through adulthood. The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City places a priority on funding organizations and programs that promote healthy lifestyles for everyone.