Elmo is Ashamed of Us


Post-A-Day: Day 5

Sesame Street  is taking on the problem of hunger, not the famine in the Horn of Africa, but the increasing incidence here in America.  Foreign Policy magazine found this striking enough to tag it under “decline watch,” and suggested that this was the death knell for our time as a super power.

This problem is pretty amazing in a country which boasts the following:

  • Percent of adults age 20 years and over who are obese: 34% (2007-2008)
  • Percent of adults age 20 years and over who are overweight (and not obese): 34% (2007-2008)

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