The United States is one of the wealthiest, smartest, and most motivated countries in the world. Yet Americans can’t seem to put down the double cheeseburger, switch off Paula Deen’s cooking show, and get off the couch. To date, the U.S. is also one of the fattest, unhealthiest nations on the planet.
The Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, Conn., has decided to address these issues directly in an interactive temporary exhibit called "Big Food: Health, Culture, and the Evolution of Eating." The exhibit, which opened in February and will last until Dec. 2, 2012, challenges guests to evaluate their relationships with food. "We want to change people’s views of food and eating," said exhibit curator Jeannette Ickovics in an article by Courant.com. "We want to give people enough information that they will ask themselves, 'What am I going to do today to change my life?'"