One in three US children are obese or overweight due to a lack of exercise and a diet loaded with fat and sugar. Experts have warned of an impending epidemic of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type-2 diabetes. First Lady Michelle Obama has been on a fighting path since taking office as the leaders of America. Her first act, planting an all organic, all natural garden on the White house lawn, second, she started targeting the public school systems for their lack of inadequate nutrition in their food.
Now she is recruiting the help of the country’s largest retailer and grocer Wal-Mart to the fight for childhood obesity in the US. She vows that every child will eat healthier and Wal-Mart agrees that by the year 2015 their entire food stock and production will be changed to a healthier stock. Wal-Mart has been challenged by the first lady and so they have met that challenge and vows to reduce sodium, sugar and fat in their whole food stock.
They also announced Thursday that they would be diminishing ALL bad trans-fat from their products. Right now Wal-Mart is the biggest retailer of food in the US that means that that is where most American families shop at for the food that they put on their tables and feed their children. First lady Michelle Obama said Wal-Mart’s plans have “the potential to transform the marketplace and help Americans put healthier foods on their tables every single day.”
This puts the American parents back in charge of what their kids will eat. There will soon be no more excuses, with the change in the schools food and now the change coming to the grocery stores, parents cannot blame anyone for their children’s obesity and bad health except themselves. Not only children but adults as well will soon be more in control of their diets. Wal-Mart also says it will be lowering prices on their produce as well as many of the expensive healthy products so that Americans’ can better afford healthy food.
This move comes on the heels of a list of other food suppliers and manufactures that announced just last year that they have reduced the sodium in their products. On this list are brand names such as: Bumble Bee Foods, General Mills Inc., Campbell Soup Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc. Wal-Mart said it plans on all the changes to be complete by 2015 but it plans to start immediately. Some of the changes the company proposes includes a new logo on their in store products that they are targeting this change to largely.
A new logo that reflects the new healthy change is what the CEO says he wants. Reason for the long push to 2015 though is because the manufacturers that Wal-Mart uses has to be the ones to make all the changes on their farms and food processing plants. Although the list of changes does not say anything specific about what sugars and fats that the company plans of phasing out or replacing in their products, we can only hope that one of those changes will include the complete rid of High Fructose Corn Syrup and MSG.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) plays a huge role in these countries obesity rate, the corn manufactures new commercial shows that it is feeling the cold shoulder of the American people these days. From the use of ordinary everyday people to say their lines in the commercial to stating that HFCS is just “corn sugar” to applying to the FDA to have HFCS name changed to just “corn sugar”. But the commercial lacks the main problem, it’s not that HFCS is not being called corn sugar; it’s that HFCS is in almost every food product in the US.
Paired with all the food that the American people are consuming these days there is just way too much of any type of sugar in their diets! If every single thing you eat every single day is loaded with sugars, then you can expect to become fat and obese, get diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other diseases. Hopefully Wal-Marts change in reducing sugar in their foods will include the complete removal of HFCS as well as MSG (one of the most unhealthy ingredients known to man) used for flavoring.
So with all this change, what do as the consumer think? Will this make you want to shop more for your groceries at Wal-Mart or has Wal-Mart dug itself into a hole that it cannot get out? It’s been said that Wal-Mart could be more aggressive with its push as its CEO says that their stand will only go so far, they are not planning on lobbying such companies like Pepsi and Coke to make sugar free or HFCS free sodas, and they are not planning on ending the sales of these products, although sodas stand to be one of the country’s largest contributors to obesity in the US.