It is a disaster in the US. There is a strange phenomenon where the urban people can appear (and probably in many ways are) more healthy than those in the rural areas. The rural areas are poorer and most rural people eat fastfood and walmart quality (or lower) food. The old school tough guy mentality (which I appreciate) that still exists in rural areas is unfortunately completely penetrated by destroying the food. They don't get it. It seems to be death by vax in the cities and death by food out in the country.
Isn't that interesting, the idea that people actually eat McDonalds, Burgerking, Wendy's etc, these fastfood chains, as regular dinner (or even more than that). In Europe that's very, very uncommon: yes people will drop by to fastfood every now and then, but it seems to be a largely American phenomenon that people actually have fast food as their staple, daily go to food. I see that almost 40% (!) of Americans basically live on fastfood. And let's be honest, even if it's ''only'' once a day, they don't have broccoli or kale in the fridge at home. Probably at home there's a bunch of trash too.
Besides that it's a tragedy simply from a taste perspective: healthy, good food is so much better than all this cheap stuff. It hits the salt, sugar, fat inclinements that we have, but you'll always feel down afterwards and non fulfilled. Whereas healthy food is so much better, how it's meant to be, and simply tastes better too and is actually fulfilling. Food probably is the most quintessential example of short term vs long term, as in short term gains equal bad long term results, and short term sacrifice equals good long term results.