The press release announced by the secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, on January 31, 2011, in Washington DC, concerning the 2010 Dietary Guidelines is a wonderful initiative, printed on paper. However, are these recommendations enough to curve the health problems facing the country?
Is the government providing enough help?
Maslow pyramid basic
- Each Individual needs these basic requirements: clean water, nutritious food, shelter, clothing, etc.
Are families able to follow the dietary guidelines?
These are difficult times for a lot of Americans, losing their job, sometimes even their house. The country is facing challenging socio-economic problems. Unemployment is still high. Unstable work environment and Low income families are in even greater number than before. Families are dealing with long hours, low wages, health expenses, rent, higher gasoline’s price, utilities, day care, schools, or college bills, etc. Are folks able to follow their physiological and safety needs?
It’s a rude awakening. Supermarkets or fast food restaurants are located in every corner, making enormous amount of money selling junk food. Buying fresh fruits or vegetables? The price of a salad starts from $1.99 to $ 2.99 depending on the grocery store. For that price some fast food restaurant may offer ‘a heavy meal’. And yes, it’s full of fat and salt but fills up the stomach.
Can being unemployed with psychosomatic problems allow for the implementation of the 2010 guidelines?
In fact, the administration is looking at statistics and percentages. Though they appear to be fine on paper, realistic applications will have to be seen. Again considering the state of the economy and the situation of those that can least afford to implement so said guidelines. Unemployment rates for December 2010, is at 9.7 percent for the District of Columbia alone and higher in other states.
What are the government’s recommendations for businesses to keep American citizens healthy?
Individuals are mostly victims of the food industry, and this where government needs to exercise more control and oversight. I believe that the government can do more to help people. A change in regulation needs to occur in the production of food.