Those without transportation are subjected to shopping at convenience and corner stores. Residents with better access to supermarkets and reliable transportation are less likely to develop obesity and more likely to have a healthy diet. But, where healthy food is more costly, sugars and fats are inexpensive and abundant. Families that are low-income try to stretch the dollar by buying cheap foods that are filling. These foods are of low quality, and have been the leading cause of obesity.
Fruits, vegetables, unprocessed foods, organic, and lean meats are all expensive. When you don’t have much money to spend to feed yourself and your family, you are looking at ways to buy the most money for your dollar, not the healthiest foods for your dollar. Unfortunately a bag of carrots doesn’t look as appealing as a bag of chips, most children would rather eat chips as well, and when you can’t buy much food you don’t want to have your children waste any, so you’re going to buy something they will eat. Foods that are highly processed, foods that don’t expire quickly, and most foods that are bought in bulk for a low price, are poor choices of food, and these are the foods that will lead to unhealthy bodies. Sugars, starches, sodium, everything that is in a processed food, just helps fat accumulate on the body, and in the arteries.
English 091 19 March 2013 The Effects of Meal Outsourcing Fast-food is more than a quick-easy meal to be inhaled on the way to somewhere more important. Its negative effects touch one physically, emotionally, and financially. It is true that there are healthy choices offered while eating out, meals can be shared even if not cooked at home, and there are low-cost options on fast food menus. Choosing to not cook and eat a family meal at home has negative health consequences, causes a deterioration of the family relationship, and has a higher cost. Even with healthier choices, one cannot be aware of exactly what is in the food cooked in restaurants, while families can opt out of the drive-through and go in to sit and eat together at fast-food establishments it isn't as intimate and the time is rushed, low-cost options on fast food menus cost more than cooking a family meal at home.
The Three Worst Junk Foods The word “junk” is a slang term used to quantify any food that is low in nutrition values, and very high in saturated fat, sugar, sodium, or trans-fat with some additives that are not friendly to our bodies. Consuming any food comprised of all the elements listed above can increase the risk of health hazards, such as stroke, obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, elevated blood glucose and cholesterol, which can lead to heart problems. There are three junk foods listed below that fall into the class of worst junk foods: French fries, doughnuts and soft drinks or sodas. Why French fries are considered junk food? French fries very high in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, cholesterol and sugar.
Imposing a junk food tax draws attention to one of the most imperative questions which is how to define foods as unhealthy. Researcher Oliver T Mytton stresses that it is impossible to accurately measure how consumption of unhealthy foods directly contributes to health problems. For instance, many Americans eat unhealthy, but if they combine this with regular exercise, it may not be detrimental to their healthy appearance. With that being said, how do you classify food as “junk food?” Some people believe candy and chips are junk food while others believe that carbs are junk. What about sugary granola bars?
Submitted by: John Kenneth J. Fernandez Submitted to: Maam Lua Burias Thesis Statement: Although junk food is convenient, inexpensive, and is basically a cultural phenomenon, we as a society need to stop eating junk food because it has increased health problems, has taken away from family core values, destroys the environment, and has created a food economy dominated by giant corporations. I. Introduction What is Junk Food? The term “junk food” is used to describe food which is low in nutritional value, with a comparatively high caloric value. Many people try to avoid or limit junk food in their diets, out of concerns that such food is not healthy, despite the fact that numerous food manufacturers produce a range of products which could be considered junk food.
Being obese as a child or adolescent increases the risk of a range of diseases and disorders in adulthood, regardless of whether the adult is obese or not. It’s important to identify and start to reverse or prevent the condition before children become adults. Ideally, overweight and obesity should be prevented. Short term • Lack of energy: This is a short-term effect that results from the consumption of junk food. As junk foods don't provide you with essential nutrients, even though they can be very much sufficing, one feels weakened.
The poor in this country are not able to afford healthy food, nor are they in the position to spend time exercising, both of which could help reduce their chances of obesity; lowering the cost of healthy foods through government subsides, and creating programs that support healthy living and exercise in poor neighborhoods could be two solutions to this growing problem. The poor are at greater risk for obesity due to their inability to afford healthy food. Healthy foods are more expensive than unhealthy foods and are not as available in low income neighborhoods where the poor often live. Conversely, unhealthy foods are readily available in close proximity to many low income neighborhoods. In a study by Sharkey, Johnson, Dean, and Horal (2011) proximity to fast food was related to the amount of fast food meals consumed by women.
Those in favor of taxing unhealthy foods believe that those foods are the cause of obesity, taxing would be an effective intervention that would reduce consumption of unhealthy foods, and taxing would create revenue to fund programs focused on combatting obesity. Those against taxing unhealthy foods point out that there is “no clear evidence” that unhealthy foods cause obesity, taxing would unfairly target minorities, the poor, and the obese, and that revenue generated to fund programs focused on combatting obesity would more than likely not go to such programs. 3. What is your viewpoint on the issue? Consider the shades of gray options.
What can we do to help prevent poverty? How can we prevent those already living in poverty from becoming obese? How does poverty contribute to obesity? The people who have a limited resource to food will stretch out their money by buying energy-dense food which is more calories per dollar. Some people who are food insecure will overeat when food is available.