Design Project 1 | Domain / Area of Opportunity

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Project 1 - Domain / Area of Opportunity

The domain that I’d like to focus on…

is diets, specifically on foods. As I am an undergraduate student, I first would like to understand the current situation of obesity in the U.S. college and identify its causes. When doing the research, I am thinking of reading reports and, if possible, interviewing to students. I am then planning to design a service for the solution, such as introducing visualized nutrition facts in restaurants. Because my home country Japan has one of the lowest obesity rates in the world, I plan to refer to some of its implementations.

This area is important to me…

because I believe foods are the basis of our life. Were we able to have nutritious diets, we could be healthy not only physically but also mentally. We could also avoid food waste by eating an adequate amount of food, which would contribute to preventing overproduction in agriculture. I am interested in the field because I am surprised by the difference in diets between Japan and the U.S. I have felt students in the U.S. take more calories than those in Japan. I am, thus, eager to work on this area.