Another reason for obesity is that Americans don’t receive the amount of physical activity or exercise their bodies need. People are busy with work, families, and other activities, but, they don’t try to leave or save time for exercise. Adults are supposed to get one hour of physical activity each day. I think that a hour of exercise isn’t anything to complain about, and can be done while you are doing another daily task. Adults want to believe that eating healthy and proportionally are all you need to get in shape, however exercise is just as important and is need as
“The flavors of childhood foods seem to leave an indelible mark, and adults often return to them, without always knowing why. These “comfort foods” become a source of pleasure and reassurance, a fact that fast food chains work hard to promote. Childhood memories of Happy Meals can translate into frequent adult visits to McDonald’s, like those of the chain’s “heavy users,” the customers who eat there four or five times a week.” (Schlosser) Many companies have realized this and are constantly modifying different items on the menu to reach the perfect flavor. This combined with the advertisements aimed at both adults and children dramatically increase the number of customers per
Diet for one over the last few decades has changed dramatically as food has become more accessible and more affordable for the everyday consumer. In addition to the types of food that are available. Twenty years ago it was a custom to sit down at the dinner table as a family and eat a good healthy meal, today it is the exact opposite where people eat out at restaurants all the time and eat a lot of fast food. Which contributes to other factors such as calorie intake, fat intake, and other dietary factors that all contribute to childhood obesity. Because today’s society is so in love with “keeping up with the Joneses” so to speak everyone has to eat out at nice restaurants or feel that they need to take their kids to McDonalds for lunch.
"Kids said if they were going to do phys education, they wanted to do something fun." (Sealy, G., 2003, pg.1) Children’s nutrition is another huge factor in fighting obesity in the United States. Ray Kroc founded the corporation was all know as Mc Donald’s in 1955. This was the first of the fast food chains and look at the amount of fast food options we have today. Fast food offers convenience to people with busy lives and often time’s parents chose poor options for their children.
With jam packed schedules, we don’t allow ourselves time to make healthy meals at home. Instead, we opt for the super size or big kid meal because it’s fast and easy. This is the very reason, I believe, for America’s obesity situation as it is today. One study showed that, children who are obese are more likely to die before the age of 55 than of a child who is not obese. The study also stated that a child with high blood pressure is likely to die before reaching 55 (New York Times, 2010).
When it comes to the family eating healthy meals, most parents are caught up between time and a budget. Most things on the market today that are readily done and convenient, are usually the worst foods for people to eat. Most parents today that work a full time job, find it nearly impossible go home and prepare a well balanced nutritional meal for them and their children. Most of the time, parents find their selves buying the more affordable not so nutritional foods. According to the AAFP, ‘a small percentage of childhood obesity is associated with genetics’ (1999).
Society may have a part in making the children obese, but it is solely the parents who fail to guide the children properly that make them obese. Parents should recommend healthy food choices for their children, because they are the one who are buying the food. “According to a survey done by ACNielsen, only 1% of parents blamed manufactures, 7% blamed advertising on TV, 9% blamed the child, 10% blamed fast food companies, and surprisingly two-thirds of parents blamed themselves” (Iannelli 1). Parents must set an example for their children, how can they expect their children to eat healthy and exercise if they are not doing it themselves? Back in the day before microwaves, it would take parents an average of 3 hours to prepare dinner, but now it is mostly prepared in less than 15 minutes.
● What were two positive aspects of the diet? Learning healthier habits and No food restrictions ● Were there any downsides to the diet plan? Explain. You must be willing to record everything you eat and disciplined as well. My weekly progress dissapoints me because I lose very little pounds each week.
The obesity rate in the United States is a staggering 33 percent of the country being obese. According to NationMaster, that is up from 30 percent in 2005. With the increase in technology and convenient unhealthy foods, the percentage is only expected to rise in the future. There are many factors that contribute to obesity. Some are uncontrollable, like genetics, and some are, such as choosing to eat the cupcake instead of the fiber bar.
Many Americans cannot afford to purchase such material, so they have to rely on the abundant diversity of fast food and microwaveable dinners. As seen in Figure 1 the percent of obese people has increased since 1988. So has the production and consumption of unhealthy foods such as fast food restaurants. These unhealthy ways of eating are not helping the obesity rates to decrease, but rather causing more damage to more citizens across the nation. There have been several studies done in order to interpret the correlation between obesity and its alarming increasing rate.