Last week I walked by a local private elementary school, spotted two piles of pizza boxes along with some discarded Kool-Aid containers. I thought about First Lady’s Michelle (Let's Move) campaign. How is America ever going to curb obesity?
In early February, Michelle Obama launched a new campaign titled Let’s Move designed to encourage kids to participate in more physical activity and for schools to serve healthful foods. Nickelodeon is supporting the Let’s Move campaign by airing TV commercials and posting campaign content on their website. I applaud the First Lady for her initiatives, but if America is ever going to begin addressing obesity, it needs to start at home. Reminds me of a great quote by Adam Gopnik, American writer, “Parents teach, institutions instruct.” Let’s start by cutting back on pizza as a convenient family dinner.
The most current pizza facts:
- America consumes 350 slices of pizza each second. Think about how many slices will be eaten by the time you finish reading this blog.
- An average slice of cheese pizza is 272 calories, 88 calories from fat. An average slice of pepperoni (the number one topping – 36% of all pizza orders) and cheese pizza contains 560 calories, 301 from fat. Does the average American stop at one slice?
- The U.S. per capita consumption of pizza is approximately 23 lbs., or 46 slices, per year.
- According to Gallup, children ages 3-11 prefer pizza over all other foods for lunch and dinner.
I recognize I am not going win a popularity contest among those manufacturers and operators in my industry that profit from pizza, but it is time that we begin to teach our children at home better nutritional guidelines to further assist Ms. Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.
My next blog will further address National Nutrition Month (National Nutrition Month).