OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign up, Login or Learn more

30% of You Don't Care So Why Should They?

If you're reading this in Alabama, there's a 30% chance that you are obese.

Photo of Ko Nakatsu
3 3

Written by

If the adults aren't taking action on their obesity, why should the kids care? If the parents don't know good from bad, how are they to teach their kids at the dinner table? This has to be a shift in the entire culture, not just these kids. Everyone KNOWS that fresh food is better, but why aren't they gravitating in that direction? In the last three years "the number of obese Americans has increased by 2.4 million". Gadgets, gizmos, weight loss programs, billion dollar industry, plenty of new clients and dropoutreturn clients, this is obviously a broken system. How do we get the parents involved? How do we stop a multi billion dollar industry preying on short term solutions? If we fix it for THIS generation, what's to prevent it from affecting the next-next generation?


Join the conversation:

Photo of Alex

This article is just one reference but I have heard of this conclusion on numerous occasions; lower income families have higher rates of obesity. I think this is an important factor to consider, especially when coming up with solutions to this problem. Whatever solutions we suggest should be extremely cost effective otherwise people simply won't be able to try them out.

View all comments