However the food we eat is high in fat and sodium and lack the nutrition needed to lead a healthy life. What’s being done to stop obesity, and whose problem is it? Should our government be able to step in and stop obesity as it becomes a matter of public health and a concern to the American people? This essay will discuss two authors with important views on the subject. In “What you Eat is your Business”, Radley Balko describes how our government is letting American's live unhealthy lives, while the healthy people have to pay for others unhealthy habits.
Citizens were responsible for the prohibition laws that were placed during the early 1900s. They also helped abolish child labor and helped create minimum wage. Immigration was also a big issue in the progressive era and people during this time pushed to abolish the illegal entrance of immigrants to the United States. The Progressive Era was a very unclean time; people drink unsterilized water and milk. The meat was also a big issue during this time because it was not packaged properly, which causes bacteria and infections to grow and my people sick.
n light of the recent outbreaks of salmonella in the US, it is worth reviewing Food, Inc., the recent film exposé of the food industry. The documentary, directed by Robert Kenner, was first released to theaters in the US in 2009, and on DVD in 2010. Despite a failure to draw any sharp political conclusions, the film is a damning indictment of the inability of the profit system to provide safe and healthy food for the vast majority of the populace. Whatever you may think of the corporate food industry, Food, Inc., will show you, disturbingly, that the situation is worse than you think. Produced and directed by television documentary filmmaker Kenner (PBS series, The American Experience, Two Days in October), it draws heavily on input by co-producer
A couple from Long Island was caught buying more than $120 in caviar with food stamps at a supermarket and then reselling it at a profit! The New York Post quoted a USDA spokeswoman as saying that the caviar deal was not illegal, "but it certainly violates the spirit of the food stamp program." Why isn’t the government restricting food stamp purchases to healthier items? Critics say it probably wouldn't be effective and would stigmatize aid recipients. I believe that these days, stigma seems to be non-existent.
Fatty Fat Fat: Political Gluttony Junking Junk Food by Judith Warner begins to show the problem that our government has taken in an effort to reduce obesity in this country and change the eating habits of all citizens within our country. The Obama administration’s efforts to change the nutritional lifestyle of American’s are extremely not successful, but also viewed as offensive. There is no way to make junk food illegal; in order change America’s diet, they need to change the way Americans view junk food. The author makes the reader subconsciously decide that America’s obsession with junk food is, in fact, irrational and absurd. Warner’s audience is pointed out to be anyone interested in how the government would have the ability to successfully change the diets of Americans.
The more a certain food is processed, the more mal nourished it becomes and, in turn, the more unhealthy it is. The problem with the American population is our eating habits have become accustom to these fatty, salty, and sugary items and it is why we crave and enjoy them. From the farm to the grocery store, the processing of food diminishes its nutritional value to nothing, sabotaging the American diet so far in diet related disease and obesity, our nation has become a slave to chemically altered foods.
The sweet poison however has been so hard to evict as society has become so reliant on its contribution in 'enhancing' the quality of food. False research, food trends and bias advertising have heavily influenced the demand for sugar in production. Paediatric Endocinologist, Professor Robert Lustig, suggests that the advanced amount of sugar in foods and beverages was established overtime. He mockingly asks, "Did all of a sudden the entire world just become a bunch of glutons and sloths? All at the same time?"
It will force customers to buy the same manufactured products that are of lesser quality. These are the ways in which shutting down the mom and pop shops will affect employees and the community. The building of the Supercenter would also have an effect on the environment. The Supercenter would be built on pre-existent farm land. In Wal-Mart Collapses U.S. Cities and Town, Richard Freeman explains that a Supercenter sits on about twenty acres of land and has a building of roughly one hundred and fifty to two hundred thousand square feet.
With these fads being used to influence the diets of Americans and all the while health statistics are not showing any improvement, demonstrates the impact that culture has on the food disconnection. With iconic images like the food pyramid still being utilized in government nutrition programs such as Women Infants and Children (WIC) and in the public and private education systems, the American populace is being reinforced with information supported by outdated research (as cited in Hargrove, n.d.). Cereal campaigns promoting a healthy start to your day with products comprised of complex sugars, genetically modified grains, and a side of milk that is filled with synthetic nutrients that can’t be processed by the body are sold as the solution to healthy eating (Kenner, 2008). With the American public continually bombarded with advertising campaigns promoting new half-baked quick fixes such as Slim fast or the lemon detox, the advertising market continues to exploit the yearning for a solution to healthy eating. The “French paradox” addresses the role of culture and its impact on eating habits, it draws a contrast between the French populace who’s eating habits are motivated by pleasure and long-standing culture, from that of Americans, who’s
Queen V Change your Ways or Get Sued In David Barboza’s article “If You Pitch It, They Will Eat” he makes a great argument when talking about how fast food companies are making their way into schools, how lawmakers are trying to ban or sue them for doing so, and how they are aiming their products towards children. Many of these claims are similar to this:” We don’t sell children guns, alcohol, or drugs, but we do allow them to be exploited by food companies” (13). This is one accusation that might be disagreed upon by people. Some might say that it isn’t the food companies’ fault that it is indeed the parents because they allow their children to eat this food, and it’s not like these corporations are making people buy and eat their products.