Fault Lines : Fast food, Fat profits: Obesity in America

Obesity in America has reached a crisis point. Two out of every three Americans are overweight, one out of every three is obese. One in three are expected to have diabetes by 2050.

Minorities have been even more profoundly affected. African-Americans have a 50 per cent higher prevalence of obesity and Hispanics 25 per cent higher when compared with whites.

How did the situation get so out of hand?

On this week's episode of Fault Lines, Josh Rushing explores the world of cheap food for Americans living at the margins.

What opportunities do people have to eat healthy? Who is responsible for food deserts and processed food in American schools?

Fault Lines finds food revolutions taking place and speaks with the people that are fighting back.

People featured in this film: Marion Nestle, Marlene Schwartz, John Bode, Nelson Eusebio, J. Justin Wilson, Dr. Olajide Williams, Lauren Von Der Pool, Julie Paradis, Cathal Armstrong, Ed Bruske,

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Comment by Tara on August 26, 2013 at 1:47am

I agree with H too and I totally understand where you're coming from Nikki.

I was just thinking about this very subject today at work as I watched many people stroll in and out of the store I work at.

There is such an epidemic of overweight/obese people in this country and quite frankly, it infuriates me. Nobody is pointing a gun to your head making you overeat or eat all the wrong foods. You make the choice to be gluttonous yourself. It is the same with alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, etc... Addiction is addiction and there is a point in time when you have to take personal responsibility for your own actions and stop playing the victim. It is up to the individual to change, period. 

Comment by Nikki on August 25, 2013 at 4:23pm

I agree, H. But don't they ever look in the mirror and say WTF, I'm tired of looking like this?

Comment by Central Scrutinizer on August 25, 2013 at 8:47am

between social programming, aggressive ad campaigns, addictive additives, and pure unnatural chemical foodstuffs,You can blame the Whorperate Fast "Food" biz for most of this dilemma.

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