Well, if we don’t do anything to change the direction it’s heading, nutrition in this country will be nothing more than powders, bars, and concentrates while nutrition education will be based on branding, taglines, and calorie counting. Nutrition is moving in the direction of convenience, governed primarily by the accessibility of cheap, manufactured foods, and our increasingly busy schedules. Soon, nutrition will be less about “The Joy of Cooking” and more about the convenience of eating on the go. Adults and millennials are spending less time in the kitchen than ever before, and we are becoming a sicker country because of it.
As of 2014, over 40% of Americans had not one, but two or more chronic conditions. As we head into the future on our current trajectory, conditions such as heart disease, type II diabetes, childhood obesity, and cancer will continue to rise in America while the quality of our food supply will continue to decline.
Luckily however, the field of nutrition is expanding faster than the national average for other professions, individuals are beginning to take more responsibility for their health, and forward thinking functional medicine professionals are stepping up to the plate and educating the masses. I believe that these efforts can shift nutrition in America to a more sustainable, healthy future, and will put nutrition in the bull’s-eye of healthcare, where it belongs.
What would nutrition look like if it held the main stage in our healthcare system?
As a result of implementing these two basic programs, we would begin to transform the face of American health. If we put nutrition at the center of our healthcare system and began to value real nutrition education, we would experience fewer sick days, more productive employees, higher profits for individuals and companies, more spending potential, higher test scores for children and adults in school, less depression, lower crime rates, and list continues…
This is the future of nutrition I desire. This is the future that will make America great (and healthy) again. Think sharp. Run fast. Sleep sound. Be happy. It all starts with what’s on your plate.