What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “politics”? Not nutrition, right? Well think again! In the last 30 years, nutrition has become more and more prominent in politics due to the fact that America’s waist line has been getting bigger and bigger. Obesity rates in the United States are among the highest in the world with 64% of adults being overweight or obese. Researchers have predicted that if this trend continues 75% of adults in the United States will be overweight and 41% obese by 2015. Of course with the obesity and these alarming statistics, there is also an increase in chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
In their increased involvement to decrease the obesity epidemic and chronic conditions among many Americans, the American Dietetic Association, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, has made their presence known in WashingtonDC by lobbying and speaking with the Senators and other government representatives with efforts to change the health of Americans.
As the National American Dietetic Association Spokesperson, I am proud to say that our Association’s hard work and efforts are shining through. With the recent Health Care Reform bill passed, Registered Dietitians (RD) will be more involved in preventative measures nationwide and are being recognized as the nutrition experts in helping the health recovery of America. Registered Dietitians will also be working at different levels: from community preventative programs to wellness corporations and policy making.
As you can clearly see, there is politics in nutrition!
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