Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Mud Pies in Soleil
The incidence of childhood obesity is rapidly rising throughout the resource-rich world.
In just two decades, the prevalence of overweight doubled for U.S. children ages 6 to 11--and tripled for American teenagers. About one-third of U.S. children are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. In total, about 25 million U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or nearly overweight.
The obesity epidemic is evident in the United States just 90 minutes from where there is no childhood obesity epidemic. Haiti is not plagued with this problem.
The mud pies above are baking in the sun in Cite Soleil. These mud pies will be consumed to quench hunger pains. The boy pictured on his homemade scooter, and his playmates in the slum of Soleil, should not have to depend on mud to calm their hunger.
Go to National FilmBoard of Canada website "Citizenshift" to see work done by photojournalist Darren Ell regarding many unjust circumstances for the people of Soleil.
Also, see this Miami Herald article and State of Denial on this blog.