The American Diet’s Getting Healthier? Not So Fast An article published by the Time Magazine called The American Diet’s Getting Healthier? Not So Fast discusses a slow progressive shift in most of the U.S American diets (1). The publisher of the article Oaklander, describes that the improvements of the typical American diets have slowly made a progress, however not enough to make a change just yet (1). He states that the “vast majority of Americans still don’t eat an optimal diet” (1). Even though the progress is slow, there are some cultural and socioeconomic barriers. When examining which groups of Americans progressed, the White Americans seemed to adopt a more healthful lifestyle compared to minority groups and lower income groups (1). According to Mozaffarian, an author and doctor of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (1), minorities and lower income groups were often “attracted” to the aggressive marketing strategies and campaigns of fast food chains (1). Oaklander discusses that as a collective whole, Americans are making a slow progression into adopting a healthier and nutritious lifestyle, however some groups are advancing more rapidly than others (1). One major concern is the gaps between a person’s education and income strongly influence the populations (groups) nutritional behaviors. In respects to the growing epidemic of obesity, the public has not been fully educated on practicing healthful nutrition habits, therefore, not making a “dent” in the rates of obesity (1). Although the article does not mention organizations and agencies that are helping in the slow progression of adopting healthier lifestyles, one can infer that there are more individuals who are becoming aware of the importance of practicing healthful diets and participating in adequate physical activity. With the information provided in the article The American Diet’s Getting Healthier? Not So Fast, there is insufficient research to fully conclude or support the idea that Americans are slowly making a change in reshaping dietary practices and habits. Interesting statistics such as Americans reporting they consume more whole grains in their diets, or an increase in consumption of nuts, seeds, and yogurt (1). While also reporting a decrease consumption of sugary beverages. The author does not provide any statistical analysis of how, what, or even when the data was collected, solely that Americans are making a “slow progression” in adopting a healthier lifestyle. According to Obesity: Overview of an Epidemic published article from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, states the growing and problematic recognition of obesity rates are rising about thirty-four percent in adults and around twenty percent in children and adolescents (2). In the Times Magazine article, The American Diet’s Getting Healthier? Not So Fast the author does not discuss some of the concepts in which certain American groups or ethnicities are contributing to the obesity epidemic. It leaves us wondering if it could relate to an individuals’ socioeconomic status, environment, social interactions, or perceived shared values of overall nutrition. This article lacks information in how obesity affects most individuals in the United States, while also does not mention types of prevention methods that have been implemented to decrease obesity. Obesity is an on-going problematic concern in the United States. The CDC’s response in combating obesity through community efforts. The CDC has implemented preventative programs such as Early Care and Education (3) to help reverse the obesity epidemic and promote healthful eating habits. While also working on preventative programs, the CDC has also implemented healthy eating options through the school lunch programs called Salad Bars to Schools (3). Along with promoting healthful foods through school lunch programs the CDC has also implemented programs to promote physical activities in community centers and government schools (3). Despite obesity being an on-going and problematic concern in the United States efforts are being made to target populations who may be at risk or who can benefit from nutritional education.