Many countries are trying to do something to make their children’s life healthier by promoting healthy food and diets campaigns. Obesity is a worldwide disaster that ruins lives. Obesity is being fat or overweight and that affects their lives in negative ways. The primary reasons of obesity are actually parents; they’re the ones who decide what type of food their child eats and they specify the amount of food the child gets. However, the studies of the American academy of child and adolescent psychiatry showed that between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese.
The accessibility of fast food in schools encourages students to eat unhealthy, which is detrimental to their health. For example, students are always buying foods such as fries and burgers; they are not realizing how bad this food is to their health and body. When students are severely overweight or obese, they may get diseases in the future such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardio-vascular disease. Fast food is one of the factors leading to these dreadful diseases. A fast food meal may contain 900-1600 calories, which is almost half of the calories most people need each day.
We have a crisis on our hands with childhood obesity on the rise. Two main causes for the fattening of our children are junk food and sugary sodas. Junk food and soda often take the place of healthy foods in our kids’ diets, something that most school systems should be ashamed of. School lunches are a cause of childhood obesity in America, at least in U-46 schools. In order to put an end to childhood obesity, the schools needs to prepare a healthy yet balanced diet for all kids, by serving them with good food that is full of nutrition.
| Why | About bad habits with food, increases in eating fast food that is high in fat | When | Over the last 25 years | Where | In EUA, Europe, Britain and around over the world even in Japan. | Case difficulty cube How: X Analytical Conceptual Presentation 2. LONG CYCLE PROCESS | A. Problem | root | Governments and influential health advocates around the world are cracking down on the marketers they blame for the explosion in childhood obesity | Governments and influential health advocates around the world, spooked that their nations’ kids will become as fat as American kids | In the United States, roughly 30 percent of American children are overweight or obese | Some people say advertising is to blame, particularly ads aimed at children, such as those that use celebrities to market high-calorie foods. According toUSA Today , one study found that the average American child sees 10,000 food ads a year, mostly for high-fat or sugary foods and drinks.
The United States spends six to 10 percent of healthcare on costs caused by obesity compared to 2 to 3.5 percent in other western countries (Schwarz & Peterson, 2010). Schwarz and Peterson (2010) also explained that adolescent obesity affects the nation’s ability to serve and protect. This is because more than a quarter of 17 to 24 years olds are not fit enough to enroll in the armed services due to being overweight. Adolescence is a crucial stage for implementing and influencing health behaviors. Many of the habits formed during this timeframe will last well into adulthood (Schwarz & Peterson, 2010).
The Modern Plague: Obesity With one of the highest obesity rates in the world, many Americans are affected by this disease, however, they continue to make poor choices in regards to their health. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that over 65% of U.S. adults were overweight, 32% were obese, and about 5% were extremely obese (Marchiondo). Considering that more than half of our population is at risk for obesity, Americans do not seem very distraught. Even with all the dieting techniques, negative depictions in the media towards heavier individuals, advanced technology to help combat obesity, and being one of the world’s most developed nations in terms of resources
Blaming Fast Food Restaurants for Obesity Let’s face it; everyone loves a Whopper every now and then. Yet we are all aware that one too many can bring on dangerous and life-threatening results. Obesity is a growing problem in the United States and more and more children are being affected. But do uneducated families have the right to put the blame on fast food restaurants for their health issues they could have easily prevented? I believe that we are taking it too far by blaming fast food restaurants for obesity and that it is an individual’s responsibility to take the blame.
ENC 1101 09/23/11 Negative aspects of McDonald’s on Teenagers Fast foods have become increasingly popular among Americans, including teenagers. Due to increased advertising and the Americans' fast-paced lifestyle, fast food restaurants have raised exponentially, becoming multi-millionaire industries and harming the health of their consumers. A regular meal at McDonald's consists of a Big Mac, large fries, and a large Coca-Cola drink, all this combined goes up to 1,430 calories. A diet of approximately 2,000 calories is considered a healthy amount of calories for an entire day. This may vary depending on several factors such as age, weight, height, physical activity and gender.
What is obesity? According to the Webster’s College Dictionary obesity is defined as ‘very fat or overweight; corpulent’ . The Bing Dictionary defines obesity as ‘overweight: extremely or unhealthily fat or overweight, or clinically overweight: having a body weight more than 20 percent greater than recommended for the relevant height’ . The online encyclopedia known as Wikipedia defines obesity in clinical terms as ‘a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extend that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems’ . From the above definitions we can conclude that obesity in its simplest form is being overweight or simply stated “fat”.
COMMENTARY The Role of Social Work in the Childhood Obesity Epidemic Elizabeth E. Eliadis C hildhood obesity is growing at alarming rates in the United States. According to the American Obesity Association (AOA), the prevalence of obese children and adolescents has greatly increased in the past three decades. From 1976 to 1980 the prevalence of obesity in children between ages 6 and 11 was 7 percent, and the prevalence of obesity in adolescents between ages 12 and 19 was 5 percent. Between 1999 and 2000, 15.3 percent of children in the United States were considered obese, and 15.5 percent of adolescents were considered obese (AOA, 2002). It is astonishing that obesity has doubled in children and has tripled in adolescents between 1976 and 2000.