Michael Newman Professor Eckhart English 1301 5 October 2011 Food Stamps out of Control Today there are more Americans on food stamps than ever before. Increased unemployment and bad spending habits of Americans has left the country with an unprecedented government dependency rate. The many regulations on what can be bought with food stamps are set out to protect the American population. Food stamp purchasing regulations guard the American people from bad nutritional habits, high food prices, and the quantity of food able to be purchased. Food stamps have been around for more than 30 years and have generally not been able to purchase prepared foods.
2. Which of the statistics listed in #1 affects you personally and how? Obesity-related medical conditions cost our nation nearly $150 billion every year and account for 16 to 18 percent of our total healthcare costs. This effects me because if people would just eat healthier than the money can go into schools and pay for cops, firefighters, and teachers. 3.Suggest ways that our society as a whole could reverse or improve the statistic in a positive way for each of the statistics listed in #1.
Obviously our kids are becoming overweight with all of the unhealthy choices they have to choose from. Childhood obesity in the United States has grown at a phenomenal rate in the last few years. You would think this is an easy condition to treat but unfortunately it’s not, it is actually quite difficult. Kids are becoming less active and their eating habits are virtually non-existent. The annual cost to treat obesity is nearly two billion dollars.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 68 percent of the people in our country are overweight. Half of that 68 percent, or 34 percent of our population is obese (Overweight Prevalence). Weight loss basically boils down to burning more calories that you eat (Staff, Counting Calories: Getting back to weight-loss basics), but this is easier said than done for some people. What do you do when you’ve tried diet after diet and nothing has worked? More and more people are turning to gastric bypass surgery.
As of right now, the World’s farmers produce more than enough food for the population and the part of the population that are left to starve, but the problem of the food being distributed incorrectly forces those of whom to go without. Even if the problem of getting access to food were to be fixed, there is the problem of having to produce twice as much food. Already the amount of farming and agriculture that is going on is taking a major toll on the planet through habitat destruction,
A family of four on average gets $668 a month to spend on food. And the families get even more money if they have a disabled person in there house. Disability does not have an affect on you to eat more food it has an affect on you wear you can't work so I believe you should not get that much money. This problem will cause more people to become obese, more payment methods for drug use, and disincentive to work. These problems can be fixed by doing some things like restrictions, monitoring, and SNAP rules and regulations be revised.
John Paul St. Clair Sep. 18, 2012 ENC1101/ Poverty paper Statistics show that worldwide one person out of every three and a half seconds dies from hunger which is about 25,000 people who die in one full year. Many people have plenty food but other people are stuck in severe poverty and because poverty is at an all time high in America the government needs to start doing more to help the people in need. $17,029 is the governments say as to whether a family of four is considered in poverty; many Americans say that’s too low. Many people go through poverty because of the financial status of the family or community he or she was born into, lack of education, and the American economic crisis. First, some people are born into a family that have low economic status or are in poverty.
"Child obesity is fast becoming a staggering problem in developed nations of the world" (Doc 9) . This statement shows the reality of the situation of our developed world. Fast food is hurting not only American children, but Americans in general. There are many pro's and con's reagarding the situation though the con's out weigh the pro's. First of all , fast food restaurants use many unhealthy ingredients in their food.
The world population is growing faster than food can be produced. There are many countries that are starving because they can’t produce food. Some countries lack the money for research, education, or the land space. All across the world people are starving to death and this is the century that needs to fix it. There are countries like the U.S., Japan, and China that can educate other countries.