“The obesity pandemic is due to our altered biochemistry, which is a result of our altered environment.” ― Robert H. Lustig, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease
Nutrition should yield personal wellness. The global food system should confer societal wellness. Both are in a tailspin. Childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes are ravaging families and communities worldwide.
Who is responsible? The processed food industry says, “Simply eat less and exercise more.” They say consumers are to blame. But the science doesn’t support this myth.
In order for us to be “responsible,” we need knowledge, we need access, and we need affordable food.
The processed food industry has saturated our environment with consumable chemicals that are making us sick. Childhood obesity has become tragically common while the processed food industry generates $450 billion annually.
75% of health care costs are for preventable, diet-related illness, costing $1.4 trillion a year. A crisis of this magnitude demands a public response that involves scientific research, nutrition education, and changes in public policy and law.
We believe there needs to be a continuum of responsibility that includes consumers, government, the food and beverage industry, and the health care system.
The IRN exists to shape the way food is produced, marketed and distributed so we can end food-related illness and promote good health.
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