National Food Epidemic Christine huang

This photo taken by Iurii (Shutterstock) depicts a man from earlier times, carrying a stone hammer with one goal in mind: to hunt prey for the next meal. These times were simpler and the people only ate what they hunted for. The wide, open horizon parallels the idea of an open agenda for food.

This photo represents the modern day man - confused at the supermarket. The man depicted is given many options in front of him and he still can not decide what to buy. This photo contrasts with the photo depicted above. As a society, we have turned to the supermarket to provide us with a wide range of food options starting with organic to GMO free. We have transitioned from eating out of a natural instinct to eating with an agenda for various kinds of options.

When did the relationship between humans and food get so complicated? This photo taken by Lee Price, a NYC based photographer, depicts a woman laying in her bed eating a fast food burger and drinking a milkshake. She is indulging in these foods in a private setting showing that eating these fattening foods causes her guilt. We have overcomplicated the matter of eating by seeking expert help, such as dietitians and nutritionists to tell people what they can and cannot eat.

The classic American fast food meal comprises of burgers, hot dogs, french fries and more. As a country, we have an incredible amount of cheap, unhealthy food compared to other countries. This overabundance of low-cost available food leads us to overindulge and participate in unhealthy lifestyle choices. The American lifestyle encourages unhealthy choices. Photo taken by Agnieszka Paltynowicz.

French cuisine comprises of rich and indulgent food, for example, cheese. It may come as a surprise that the French eats "fatty" foods yet they are significantly healthier than Americans. This can be attributed to the French's strong cultural association with food. Photo taken by Agnieszka Paltynowicz.

The prevalence of McDonald's are on the rise in America due to its ever lasting popularity and convenience. This photo taken by Barry Kidd shows the golden arches of the glorified fast food chain that is a staple of the American diet.

Depicted above are My Food Pyramids, taken from, that have been taught in elementary school over the years. Disclaimer: these alterations are not the only versions that have been created. The unstable, ever-changing implementations of the American food culture has greatly confused the public and propels them to jump on the latest fad diet through sporadic change in food legislation.
This photo taken by Sarah Hill describes the negative impact social media can have on diet-related issues. There is not nearly enough food on the plate to sustain a person for a meal yet a Facebook "like" is shown to characterize the endorsement of unhealthy eating habits. Particularly young women are affected by eating disorders and so they feel forced to fit into an ideal mold of what they think they should look like. The picture on the right shows a powerful image of a young woman with a negative body image.

This photo taken by Nick Hammett shows a picture of tomatoes in a local farmers market. One solution to this National Food Epidemic is to start locally and buy wholesome, raw ingredients from the farmer's market.


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