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Notifications Dave Chambers, blind tasting – March  22nd Essay 2 for regular class – March 8th
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Food in the USA
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Additional reading Kessler , D, A. (2009)  The end of  overeating, Taking control of the insatiable  American Appetite . Rodale   Singer, P., Mason, J. ( 2006)The ethics of  what we eat  (2006) Rodale Pollan, M. (2008)  In Defense of food Penguin books  Schlossser E.(2002)  Fast Food nation  what the all-American diet is doing to the  world , Penguin books
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Overview The prevalence of obesity (BMI 30) continues to be a health concern  for adults, children and adolescents in the United States. Data from  the most recent NHANES survey 1  shows that among adult men the  prevalence of obesity was 31.1% in 2003—2004, and 33.3% in  2005—2006, a small but not statistically significant change. Among  adult women, the prevalence of obesity in 2003—2004 was 33.2%,  and in 2005—2006 was 35.3%, again a small but not significant  change.  Another recent NHANES survey 2  found that obesity prevalence  among children and adolescents showed no significant changes  between 2003—2004 and 2005—2006. Based on the study, in the  combined years of 2003—2006, 16.3% of children and adolescents  aged 2–19 years were obese, at or above the 95th percentile of the  2000 BMI-for-age growth charts .
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The premise Americans are getting fatter and fatter every  year. It is estimated that as many as one in five  Americans is obese, a condition defined as  being more than 30 percent above the ideal  weight based on height. Even more alarming is  that fact that obesity rates for children have  doubled over the past 20 years, and overweight  children are being diagnosed with obesity- related illnesses such as diabetes, sleep apnea  and respiratory illnesses that in the past have  only afflicted adults.  (June 26 th  2000)
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On One Hand   The portions served by fast food chains and other restaurants  are far larger than the recommended portion size for most  foods. Food costs for restaurants are relatively low, compared  to the costs of rent and labor, so it makes sense for them to  offer larger portions that make their customers feel like they  are getting a bang for the buck. 
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