Healthcare is a contentious topic of conversation around many of our dinner tables, but most of us don’t even consider that the food in front of us is a big part of the problem. More than a third of American adults are obese, and one in three American children is overweight or obese, making their generation the first expected to have a shorter life span than their parents.
Recently, in a deeply personal and passionate TED talk, Dr. Maya Adam of Stanford Medical School issued a cri de coeur about this American phenomenon, urging us to fight back against the highly processed foods that have come to comprise the typical diet, and restore our love and intimacy with “real” food. A medical doctor, nutrition expert and mom of three, she believes that as companies continue to make it increasingly easy for parents to avoid the kitchen, our relationship with food has become troubled and toxic.
“Our children are in trouble because we’ve outsourced the job of feeding them,” says Dr. Adam, whose recent Coursera class on child nutrition and cooking drew more than 80,000 participants. “Too many people view cooking as complicated and time-consuming, but home cooking is the one tool we can use to fight childhood obesity.”
Through Just Cook for Kids, Dr. Adam raises awareness for the importance of home cookingas a solution to the obesity epidemic. Her online course, “Just Cook: An Online Practicum in Child Nutrition,” is a series of accessible, bilingual online modules designed to raise awareness for the importance of home cooking as a weapon in combating obesity.
An engaging and inspiring speaker, Dr. Adam explores strategies for raising a healthy, happy family, and offers the skills and inspiration to revive basic cooking literacy throughout the country. As the chronic diseases associated with childhood obesity will not only hurt our long-term health, but the health and economic stability of the entire country, she outlines positive solutions for educating the nation about healthy food and transforming how Americans eat.