Currently there is a growing trend in diet awareness where more and more people are realizing that they literally are what they eat and are beginning to do something positive about changing what they eat for the better. This shift away from the more common or popular move in the other direction toward junk food, fast food and convenience eating may one day have a profound effect on the seemingly out-of-control state of growing obesity figures currently looming over western society.
While the current trend seems to be a rapidly expanding world population with an equally rapidly expanding collective waistline, this simply cannot be sustained in the long term. Attitudes toward diet and the way we eat must and will change over time as people are better educated in the ways of sensible eating and by having a greater awareness of what is in the food and drinks that they are consuming.
The year 2025 is not such a long way off that our current generations will be able to enjoy the many benefits that more widespread health education will bring. A more realistic diet awareness will take over from the current widespread ignorance of what nutritional constituents are in all foods that are consumed. This means that the stranglehold the food industry and manufacturers currently have over people will be dissolved as it cannot be sustained under the weight of greater consumer awareness of what is in the food they buy in stores.
So what will this global rise in nutritional awareness mean for the average person on the street?
It will mean that all foods that are processed and packaged for convenience will have to be totally transparent as to their constituents and full documentation as to the properties of every single additive must be not only available but proofs that they have been acknowledged and understood by the consumer will be mandatory before they can be purchased. This will affect food bought in stores as well as the home delivered meal replacement diets such as big name brands like Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig or Medifast for example and convenience food that bypasses the traditional store.
Of course, in a changed new world of infinitely more widespread and comprehensive education that ensures that all children leave school with a high level of knowledge of diet and nutrition, consumers will already be completely aware of what all additives can potentially do to their health.
Advances in medical science and nutritional understanding will also play a part in further highlighting the health impact from certain food additives. Those additives that are currently unsafe or that have a high potentiality to initiate damaging health consequences will not be allowed to be added to any foods.
The great hope is that these advances in knowledge and understanding will lead to a healthier population that knows what it should and should not eat or drink. The resulting effect will be a healthier, slimmer population less dependent on health services to treat weight related illnesses. This will be a hugely positive development that will happen gradually over the years. Certainly by 2025 the results will speak for themselves just by looking around and seeing a world full of healthier, better informed and happier people.