Habit, Environment & Exhortation

Obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are major health problems in most industrialized nations, and particularly in the United States. A great deal of time, effort, and money is poured in to programs to “educate” people about healthy eating and regular exercise in combating these problems.

This Web site hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture is built around the new “Food Pyramid” and is chock-full-o’ information designed to help you:

  • Make smart choices from every food group.
  • Find your balance between food and physical activity.
  • Get the most nutrition out of your calories.
  • Stay within your daily calorie needs.

Do these kinds of exhortations about what kinds of behaviors people should engage in to be healthy serve any purpose? [Read more…]