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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