Ludwig and Nestle states in article Can the Food Industry Play a Constructive Role in the Obesity Epidemic?, “Far greater profits come from highly processed, commodity-derived products-fast food, snack foods, and beverages-primarily composed of refined starch, concentrated sugars, and low quality fats” (1809). I believe that the corporations can if they really want to send the right message to their consumers. Some corporations actually do promote healthy eating habits to their consumers when they come to the fast food corporations. The corporations started to promote healthy eating more after many research have been done to prove how bad fast food has been towards its consumers. Ludwig and Nestle expresses, “Research links frequent consumption of highly processed foods to weight gain and increased risk for diet-related diseases” (1809).
Goodman argues that the weight changes are due to the environment, not due to self-control, and that “personal responsibility is not a free pass for corporate irresponsibility”.(p. 8) This is highly convincing as she supported her arguments effectively with the example of Kraft, maker of cookies macaroni and cheese, which pledge to help fight against obesity. (p. 8) Kraft is an apt example of how companies can use advertising to manipulate people’s willpower, since it is apparent that Kraft themselves are contributing to the rising obesity rates, and at the same time, getting people to support them. This argument is in line with her stand throughout the article, where she states that as much as personal responsibility do have a part to play in causing the rising obesity rates, environmental factors play a much major role. Companies have the ability to convince and influence people’s mindset and willpower, and it is due to this very reason that environmental factors are thus the main cause of the rising obesity rate.
The study concludes it destroys beneficial intestinal bacteria. However Duke University has a lot of financial backing from the sugar industry. James Turner, chairman of citizens for health was shock an outraged by Dukes findings; He even states that the same study used to conduct the finding of obesity and side effects is the same study use to get the product approved from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. What we can conclude is there are still conflicting information out there in relations to artificial sweeteners and more studies will have to be done to conclude if splenda is safe, as well as if it contributes to obesity. REFERENCES: Answer Corporation (2012) How Safe is Splenda http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_safe_is_Splenda Bilger, Burkhart (May 2006) the History of Splenda the Best-Selling Artificial Sweetener in America http://www.laleva.org/eng/2006/12/the_history_of_splenda_the_bestselling_artificial_ sweetener_in_america.html Central Valley Bariatrics (March 9, 2009) Consumers Affairs, Splenda Contributes to Weight Gain http://www.dssurgery.com/newsletters/splenda-contributes-to-weight-gain.php McNeil Nutritionals, LLC (1996-2012) Splenda Truth, Your Health
Right or Wrong, Don’t Tell Me What To Do! Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC soda ban should be supported because consumption of sugary products is linked to obesity, and many people die of health problems related to obesity. Mayor Bloomberg is concerned about the high rates of diabetes and obesity-related health issues. He has taken a personal interest in the health and wellness of New Yorkers to try to control the out-of-control obesity problem. The issue has caused both an uproar and praise from people who are glad to see a change for the better in "The Big Apple."
Deadly, addictive and legal. Daily, victims of this drug are diagnosed with the hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. The government's recommendations are not enough anymore. Regulations need to be implemented to restrict the amount of excess sugar poured into our foods and beverages, in order to help prevent increased obesity. 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.
That’s why it’s easy to imagine the industry throwing its weight behind a soda tax. School lunch reform would become its cause, too, and in time the industry would come to see that the development of regional food systems, which make fresh produce more available and reduce dependence on heavily processed food from far away, could help prevent chronic disease and reduce their costs. Recently a team of designers from M.I.T. and Columbia was asked by the foundation of the insurer UnitedHealthcare to develop an innovative systems approach to tackling childhood obesity in America. Their conclusion surprised the designers as much as their sponsor: they determined that promoting the concept of a “foodshed” — a diversified, regional food economy — could be the key to improving the American diet.
Instead, an easier alternative would be to educate people on the dangers and results of eating unhealthily as well as ensuring the process of making processed foods cost more than the healthier alternatives such as fruit and 100% juice products. The fact that lots of the unhealthy food that the population consumes simply because it is affordable, is one of the main causes for the lack of public health. Government involvement shouldn’t be necessary, but if it is, a plan should be instituted that would allow healthier options to be cheaper than the unhealthier alternatives that are more common. Also, the FDA should take a deeper look into the long lasting affects of the chemicals found in common foods such as soda
Marijuana being illegal is only making us spend more money. All of this would make America better in my opinion. The only downside I see to legalizing marijuana would be the easy access to everyone. Specially the children, they are ones we worry about, but if we are as strict as we are with cigarettes and liquor, I think things will be ok. We will just need to raise the fines and be harsh with them. Now stores would not want to sell it illegally to minors.
He recommends that in search of a better way to serve customers, the fast food industry has negatively infused its way into the American culture. Schlosser brings to light plenty of shocking facts like how the actual cost of a Happy Meal is determined and how it manipulates the children to persuade their parents to treat them out to McDonalds. A growing awareness of the connection between diets and disease is slowly but surely taking hold in the minds of consumers. Natural and organic foods are becoming more popular across the country. However, our government hasn’t taken the steps that most
Declaring my Independence from junk food Do you like to eat junk food? If you are like me, then you like all kinds junk foods rather its candy, chips, soft drinks or even going out to eat. Most of these examples are very tasty and are really hard to resist. Eating too much junk food can turn into a bad habit at a young age, that you should really get rid of as soon as possible. We look at these types of foods for pleasure, taste or even confront for some people, but this can lead to an addiction.