The Hunger-Obesity Paradox: There’s an App for That

By Sandy Todd Webster
Dec 10, 2014

More than one-third (78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. But according to a 2014 report by Feeding America, a hunger relief charity, 49 million Americans are “food insecure,” meaning they eat smaller amounts, go hungry or eat less nutritious foods because they can’t afford to eat better. Almost one-third of America’s food insecure are children, the report says.

A new app called foodtweeks™ addresses this paradox head-on by showing users easy ways to trim calories from foods they regularly consume. Every calorie subtracted from your intake becomes a nutritious calorie for a hungry family. Type in what you are about to eat and the app will give you tips and tricks for cutting out specific items. Are double cheeseburgers your particular weakness? foodtweeks suggests the following edits: Cut out a slice of cheese, skip the secret sauce, and pull out the middle or top bun. Each of these will save at least 40 calories. For every calorie cut, foodtweeks donates to a local food bank so families can be fed nutritious foods. Imagine the power of rallying a team of clients to trim their waistlines for such a great cause! Learn more at www.foodtweeks.com.

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Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster is the editor in chief of IDEA’s award-winning publications. She is Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified and is a Rouxbe Certified Plant-Based Professional cook.

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