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The food industry and government policies making Americans fat

The Real Food Channel, August 2012



The food industry and government policies making Americans fat

The story of American agriculture is one of "unintended consequences."

The food industry and agricultural subsidies have led us down a path of obesity. There is a complete disconnect between agricultural policies and health policies.

This report from Peter Jennings is just as true today--perhaps more so--than when it was produced in 2003.

This is part 1 of 5.

How the food industry is deceiving you - Part 2



How US government subsidies affect what we eat

US government subsidies make processed, unhealthy foods much less expensive than healthy whole foods.

In part 2 of this program, Peter Jennings explores how agricultural subsidies have a direct connection to obesity. The food is cheap to produce and can be sold at high prices because of branding.

Politics, not what is best for the health of the US or the world, is behind the decisions that affect the food supply. That's not really a surprise to anyone who has paid attention.

But how many people are paying attention?

This is part 2 of 5.

How the food industry is deceiving you - Part 3



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In part 3 of this 5 part series, Peter Jennings explores the connection between agricultural policy and obesity.

Since the 1970s, we've redefined what we consider snacks. Marketing of new processed/junk food products has played a huge roll in that.

The food industry says that it's a matter of personal choice. They're right. As long as we keep buying processed foods, they'll keep selling them to us.

But is it that simple when government subsidies make the unhealthy "foods" so much cheaper, especially in difficult economic times?

This is part 3 of 5.

How the food industry is deceiving you - Part 4



Food styling to make processed food seductive especially to children

Selling food is a huge business.

"Children spend more of their own money on food than on anything else..."

Here is how the food industry goes about creating an image of food, especially to sell for to children.

The average child in the US, at the time of this documentary, saw 10,000 ads per year for processed foods. Most of the foods that are marketed to children are unhealthy foods. The industry goes for the "nag factor" so kids will nag their parents to buy them unhealthy foods.

The result: an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease in young children.

This is part 4 of 5.

How the food industry is deceiving you - Part 5



Advertising to children is big business

"Study after study shows that children do not understand what advertising is about--that young children cannot comprehend how advertising is manipulating them."

Obesity continues to be a public health crisis. Children learn what to eat through advertising, sometimes in spite of the best efforts of parents. And often parents are just as taken in by the advertising at some level, though they may consciously know better.

The question is: should the government step in to limit advertising? Many countries limit advertising to children, but that's a hard sell in the US.

This is part 5 of 5.