Role of reciprocal relationship between food and humans in evolution of the obesity epidemic
In the early 70s, healthcare professionals identified fat in foods as a major cause of coronary artery disease. The food industry in response removed fats and added refined sugars, corn and corn derivatives to prepared food, to restore taste and increase sales. This led to increase in number of calories consumed per serving as well as high insulin states which interfere with satiety and fat storage feedback mechanism in the body. These factors have contributed to the growing epidemic of obesity in the US. This presentation will bring to attention, the complex new relationship between healthcare providers, public health messaging by healthcare providers based on any new and emerging data, the food industry, the consumers and what some call iatrogenic obesity.
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Demonstrate the intricate, intimate and reciprocal relationship between the evolution of foods and humans. Explain and discuss how public health messages based on new and emerging data, by healthcare professionals, can affect the food industry as well as change overall eating patterns and food choices. Link this complex equation with the growing obesity epidemic. Outline steps for what we can do different for better outcomes.
Keyword(s): Obesity, Food and Nutrition
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Pratibha Shah holds a Post Graduate degree in Ayurveda from the prestigious National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, India. She has been practicing Ayurveda for more than 20 yrs and conducts and speaks at Ayurvedic events all year round. With the aim of providing a wider platform for benefits from Ayurvedic principles of healing, she has recently completed Masters in Public Health, International Health, from Boston University School of Public Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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