It is not the responsibility of private businesses to have the “children’s best interest at heart”, in part that is the job of the parents—to not allow their kids to be manipulated, —the advertising campaigns private companies create, have tremendous influence on what children want to eat. Advertising too easily influences children and the marketing of today’s food industry and this type of disguised advertising, including high exposure to sugary soft drinks, sugary cereals etc… On prime time TV, is a major contributing factor to childhood obesity. Childhood obesity has become a societal
Yatin Patel Noel English 101-132 December 2, 2010 The Future of America is Fat Childhood obesity is quickly becoming a major crisis for children across the nation and around the world. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Approximately 300,000 deaths a year in this country are currently associated with overweight and obesity” (“Satcher”). Also, statistics from the article show that, “Obesity incidences among American children have dangerously climbed from 5% in the 1980s to 15.3% in 2000” (“Fighting”). Schools are partly to blame for childhood obesity because of the high-fat, high-calorie, and sugary food they serve. We have a crisis on our hands with childhood obesity on the rise.
What groceries to purchase, what groceries are unhealthy to purchase when grocery shopping. And last, but not least control and watch what goes into your child’s body, and what should not enter into your child’s body. I also plan to create a fun way of introducing good eating habits that parents can share with their children. How can we make eating healthy fun for our children as well as ourselves. Eating can be made fun.
According to Pierce Hollingsworth (2004), the parents and school should not blame the food marketing for being the main cause of obesity rather than teaching and helping the kids to have good habit of eating. He thought that the responsibilities of the parents and schools were important for educating childhood obesity. However, there are so many problems with his arguments. He did not think about the bad effects of advertising on kids. For example, the food marketing companies usually uses the attractive poster about fast food to get the attention of the kids.
As a result, his own recommendations include: limiting the consumption of sodas, junk food as well as avoiding a sedentary lifestyle. Weintraub's argument is that parental responsibility in food choices and physical activity over kids will result in combating childhood obesity, rather than only blaming the fast food industry by itself. To concur with Weintraub, it is the parent's responsibility to combat childhood obesity, although fast food industry also shares the responsibility. It is the role of the parents to instill good eating habits and to serve as role models for their children. If the kid has no medical reason for gaining weight then it seems acceptable to blame the parents.
Parents usually seek the easier route by picking up dinners which are super high in carbs and sodium, or rent movies to pacify the kids after school. These are horrible habits that unfortunately will continue to affect society. Being that we are role models to our kids we should implement better habits like healthy snacks, keep healthy foods in the fridge and pantry, always start the day with a healthy breakfast, meals with the family, chew slowly and enjoy the food. In conclusion, parents have the upper hand in shaping their children eating habits and exercise for a longer brighter future. We are role models, something that people seem to forget so let’s act like it and prevent cardiovascular diseases in children.
Schools have an ideal opportunity to influence children’s diets. Breakfast clubs can help ensure that children eat a nutritious and filling meal at the start of the day. School meals can be made more appealing to children by being freshly prepared on the premises and served in a more conducive environment. Schools can teach the importance of healthy eating through PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and stimulate children’s interest in and provide access to different foods in cooking classes. There is a suggestion that combined with a poor diet; a lack of physical activity can lead to obesity.
etc. ... Advertising the causes of childhood obesity could be effective. These campaigns against overeating may be the only way to combat claims that three meals a week from McDonald’s is fine. Evidence shows that children respond well to advice about their diets. As a matter of fact, Critser provides further evidence showing that overweight kids who were put on a supervised diet had better eating habits.
Fortunately, the solution to this national epidemic is within reach. Parents, grandparents, educators and caring people everywhere can all play a part in instilling in kids the lifelong habits they need for health and academic success. I believe public schools should take a better initiative to increase health in schools because it is best to instill good habits at a young age, schools are an ideal environment to improve health of children (our future adults), and they can play an active role in fighting obesity. Everyone has a role to play. Your involvement as caregivers and adults is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.
This will result in improved, healthier lunches and breakfasts around the country. Although many healthy, nutritious foods may not be the tastiest, the government should impose restrictions on what kind of foods can be served in cafeterias because they choose foods that are nutritious for children, and more than one in three of children in the United States are obese and need to be healthier. What are the most delicious foods to students? Well, the foods that students enjoy eating the most may not be allowed to be severed at their lunch. This is due to the fact some of the most delicious foods are the unhealthiest.