Clinical and Translational Nutrition
There is no single metric to quantify the pace of life, but many indices indicate that it is fast and accelerating nationally and globally. Since World War II, there has been an increasing demand for a food supply that is not only safe, palatable, and affordable, but also convenient. This has been driven to a large extent by substantive shifts in where people live (e.g., more urban), the types of jobs they have (more sedentary), the hours worked (increasing), family structure (more two-income families), food preparation methods (more microwaving and pre-prepared items) among other behaviors. This has all driven the desire for, indeed the necessity of, options that emphasize convenience. The consequence of this for food availability and choice, nutrient composition and health are still largely unknown, but widely speculated upon. Consumer expectations and claims by some clinicians and policy makers have far outpaced the science leading to confusion and increased risk of poor food choices. The magnitude and duration of this shift in ingestive behaviors elevates it beyond a "fad" to a reality that must be better understood. This session will explore the historic, current and future consequences of changing lifestyles on diet quality and health.