2010 Story of the Year: Fighting Obesity

In 2010 obesity in America took center stage. The year was filled with scary studies, like this one, and scary infographics about food production and our eating habits: Why a Salad Costs More Than a Big Mac, How a Sip of Soda Affects Your Health, Everything You Need to Know About Fast Food, and What the Average American Consumes in a Year all opened our eyes.

But there was also some good stuff in 2010 when it came to obesity. People like Jamie Oliver spread the word about this threat via The Food Revolution, first lady Michelle Obama got a number of celebrity chefs to join her anti-obesity campaign (and put 5,000 salad bars in schools), and the city of San Francisco banned happy meals (BTW, did you see The Happy Meal Project?). Though this 11-year-old may have nailed it as he explained what's wrong with the food system—"we can pay the farmer or we can pay the hospital."

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