Obesity in the United States has reached an alarming level. According to recent statistics, two out of every three Americans are overweight, and one out of every three is obese. Even more troublingly, by 2050 it is expected that one in three Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes.
The situation is particularly dire among minorities, with African-Americans having a 50% higher prevalence of obesity than whites, and Hispanics 25% higher.
The new documentary by Josh Rushing looks at the problem from an unusual angle: how did cheap food become so pervasive in American culture? Rushing explores what opportunities people have to eat nutritious food and who is responsible for creating so-called ‘food deserts’ where processed foods are the only option – including our nation’s schools.
This fascinating documentary offers insight into a critical issue facing America today. It delves into why this crisis has occurred and who is most affected by it as well as the potential solutions that could help alleviate these issues. With interviews from experts in nutrition, public health and economics, the film highlights the complex nature of this crisis and how members of different communities are working together to create change through education and advocacy.
If you want to gain an understanding of this complicated issue, we encourage you to watch this eye-opening documentary about obesity in America. Through Josh Rushing’s investigation we can gain a better understanding of what needs to be done to ensure that people across all backgrounds have access to healthy, affordable food choices.