The following is a compilation of various media sources depicting aspects of the grand challenge. For more academic articles and journals, visit our Sources page.


The Skinny on Obesity is a 7-part web series centered on the theory that sugar is a dangerous toxin that is driving the nation into a crisis. Dr. Lustig and his colleagues from the University of California, San Francisco comment on the science behind this idea.


Food, Inc. is an Academy Award nominated documentary on food production in the United States and the monopoly on the market controlled by a handful of companies.


TEDEd talks provide informing discussions and ideas on a variety of topics. The video above supplies audiences with insight on what a calorie truly is and how several factors go into an individual’s suggested calorie count for each day.


Nutritional information can often be overwhelming and difficult to organize. Luckily, the USDA has taken on the task of simplifying nutrition into easy to read diagrams. However, these diagrams and recommendations have changed overtime. Check out the evolution of the USDA Food Guides!

Is MyPlate too simple for you? If so, take a gander at the more detailed USDA Food Patterns for calorie and diet recommendations. Also be on the lookout for the next Dietary Guidelines for Americans which are set to be released shortly by the USDA in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services!



Guess what?! We aren’t the only people tackling this grand challenge. If you are interested in taking it to the next level by learning more about your own individual nutrition, check out the Personalized Nutrition Project.

As you’ve surely discovered by perusing our website, improving nutrition to combat disease and obesity is not only a food intake problem, but also a food access problem. If you think policy reform is needed in the areas of agriculture and food accessibility, see what the NSAC has to say!