Processed Food Sales Decline as Type 2 Diabetes Rates Rise


In a perplexing contradiction this week, we received news about a positive trend in food consumption ... along with a sobering projection for human health.

Let’s start with the positive:

Marion Nestle gave us some welcome news about packaged and processed food sales: they are on the decline!

The three main reasons, Nestle notes:

  1. The Packaging

  2. More sophisticated consumers

  3. Not enough corporate social responsibility

Read her explanation of each at the link below. At the end of her post she writes: “Food advocacy is making headway. Keep at it!”

And keep at it we will. This news is particularly interesting in light of the recent CDC report finding that rates of Type 2 diabetes (that is the the kind which is related to obesity, which, of course is related, in part, to that packaged food to which Nestle refers) have risen to include 40% of the American population. According to The Guardian:

The new study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal, from a team of researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, shows that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for the average 20 year-old American rose from 20% for men and 27% for women in 1985–1989, to 40% for men and 39% for women in 2000–2011."

It’s important to remember that the study is based on current trends. If we continue to fight for the changes that we want to see in our food system, we may start to see these numbers change. That’s what we are fighting for!

PHOTO: Sriram Bala on flickr




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