In 37 years, the rate of diabetes in the United States QUINTUPLED. According to National Geographic from August 2013, there are now more than 22 million Americans living with diabetes.
The primary cause? Sugar. It’s in everything. Bread and cereal, processed lunch meats, yogurt, ketchup, and of course, soda. The average can of coke contains 8 teaspoons of sugar. Low-fat yogurt has more than 6 tsp. National Geographic reports that the average American consumes almost 23 teaspoons of sugar a day! For perspective, that’s equivalent to 1,135 cups of rice.
As the rate of diabetes skyrockets, sugar in the US diet also contributes to high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Who suffers the most? The poor. People who live in neighborhood food deserts, where it's challenging to find fresh, whole food. People who can't afford to buy food for a week at the grocery store and rely on fast food. People who have Medicaid, which can make it hard to access good primary care doctors.
This is why I organize around health care. I support communities to win the policies and the practices that will help them not only overcome the injustice in our food and healthcare system, but to THRIVE. Check out my recent work on Better Living! here.