Do You Know Your Minerals?

What’s in your food that’s good for you?

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The Media Diet

I struggle with this on a regular bais. 325lb+ me would have been elated to be the size that I am. Thanks to fitspo, thinspo, and even people in my life who talk about my size and weight — I am always trying to be thinner and fitter. Not for me, not in a health way — but to “fit in”. Thanks to Kate for putting my feelings into words.

Politics of Food — Hungry Enough to Care?

*** This post appears on a blog that I am required to write for a class that at this point in the semester I only marginally tolerate. ¬†However — I thought it was a good post. ¬†That and it took me long enough to write I thought I should get a few more miles out of it. ¬†We are required to write in a “What; So What; Now What” format — which you will see below. ¬†However — the point is that we have a major policy issue on our hands. ¬†Food insecurity. ¬†What in the hell we do with it — I don’t know. ¬†As you can see from the end, I’m mad as hell and I don’t have an answer. This problem is not as simplistic as organizational change. ¬†It won’t be solved by taking a personality inventory on how you solve problems. ¬†This is a real issue — where real people in this nation are hungry, sometimes hungry, or are unhealthy due to their ability to purchase foods [that is not just obesity, but also¬†developmentally¬†challenged due to malnutrition]. ¬†So what do we do — and is the nation hungry enough to care about this issue? ****

 

What?:

For most Americans — the idea of hunger¬†conjures¬†up a photo of a modern day Christian missionary in sub-sahara Africa. ¬†The man or woman is pleading with you to open your purse and sponsor a child for a few cents a day. ¬†Then they pan to a small child who looks completely emaciated and¬†devastated. Videos like the one above are truly heartbreaking. However, is this the only face of hunger? ¬†Is this the only face of people who are searching for their next meal? ¬†No.

“I have enough to pay my rent, but not enough for food.” –“Who’s Hungry in America” Second Harvest

There are people right here in the greatest Nation, who are hungry and/or food insecure. ¬†As of 2006, the United States Department of¬†Agriculture¬†(USDA) has introduced language to describe various ranges of food security and insecurity. ¬†The USDA now¬†defines¬†food insecurity¬†as: “the condition assessed in the food security survey and represented in USDA food security reports–is a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” ¬†Hunger¬†is defined by the USDA as: “an individual-level physiological condition that may result from food insecurity.” (Source: USDA Economic Research Service, “Definition of Food Security“) ¬† The ranges the USDA has adopted are as follows:

Food Security:¬†High food security¬†(old label=Food security):¬†no reported indications of food-access problems or limitations;¬†Marginal food security¬†(old label=Food security):¬†one or two reported indications–typically of anxiety over food sufficiency or shortage of food in the house. Little or no indication of changes in diets or food intake.¬†Food Insecurity:¬†Low food security¬†(old label=Food insecurity without hunger):¬†reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake. ¬†Very low food security¬†(old label=Food insecurity with hunger):¬†Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake. [SOURCE]

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