Obesity: Society’s epidemic Since the introduction of fast food in the 1980’s, obesity rates have risen due to a variety of factors. Physical activity has decreased among schools while more fast food restaurants are created in the US. Furthermore, the convenience of a meal makes people come back for more, with catchy commercials luring both children and adults in. Moreover, the food is convenient, cheap, and advertised well, and our nation pays for the cost of obesity. Fast food has become part of our culture, forming our adults and children into becoming overweight.
He then opened a Drive-in Barbecue restaurant which did exceptionally well because of the post-WWII economy. Meanwhile, fast food caused cars to become affordable because they would only have to pay the car instead of paying every time every time they traveled because of the people involved in the services of traveling like on a train. GM bought all trolley systems and shut them down to eliminate their competition. Since this was illegal the company’s workers were fined $1 each. Since $1 was not a lot of money the chances of them doing it again were very high.
For example, TexPIRG has been a strong supporter encouraging the USDA to raise the standards for food to be served to children in school cafeterias. Previously, meat that was rejected by fast food chains could be and was served to school children. Now the standards have been raised, but if food is found to be substandard, it can take as long as a week for schools to be notified, so children can still eat bad food for that long before the schools know to pull it. There are food industry giants who spend quite a lot of money lobbying legislators and persons in positions of power in state and federal regulatory agencies, whose interest are all about profit and not about quality or sometimes even safety. Big food producers are displeased with the Obama administration’s rules that require food producers to disclose ingredients and processing methods because this will cost them more to produce food and will also limit what they can sell (and what people will buy).
The geography of childhood obesity is largely the geography of poverty. There's no pretending that differences in income and education are huge factors to obesity. Families that live in low-income areas, like inner cities, don’t have the money to buy healthy foods, nor do they have the access. The nonprofit “The Food Trust”, states that there are 23.5 million Americans that live in communities without grocery store access. These kids grow up eating fast food, believing it is real food, which is more than likely a belief they will continue into
Brody Janusz VanSickle ENG 151 11/5/14 McHenry County School Lunches Needs Change Eating highly fatty and unhealthy foods for lunch doesn’t seem like the most appropriate way to go about your eating habits, but according to the majority of McHenry County public school lunches it is perfectly acceptable. There is clearly a problem when fried food items and questionable “meat” come before fruit and vegetables in student’s lunch options, which are specifically designed to hold a good nutritional value. Instead of supplying students with pizza, bosco sticks, chicken by-products, these should be replaced with organic goods that consist of high counts of protein and vitamins that are recommended for a healthy lifestyle. The school lunches in
Cody Dilsaver Ms.Martin English 110 11/3/14 Childhood Obesity in America Childhood obesity has developed into one of the biggest problems America faces today. Around the world, America has developed a reputation of obesity, something we should be humiliated of. It wasn’t like that 30 years ago; our society has developed a lifestyle accustomed to binge eating and immobility. Portion sizes have increased, fast food has become a cheap and convenient alternative for dinner, and children’s social lives have deformed into web-based. The responsibility to prevent and repair childhood obesity is primarily on the shoulders of parents, government, and children themselves.
Like Weintrub says in his article “None of the…Ideas are likely to do much good until parents understand their role in fighting the problem” Which states that parents need to understand that its not up to other people, like McDonald’s sellers to prevent their kids from obesity. Parents allow their kids to keep eating junk food, or fatty foods, then start blaming fast food restaurants saying that its their fault that their kids are fat, when in fact its their own. Buying all their kids all that fat food, even though it’s cheap, is the reason the kids end up
"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).
Obesity in America Roman Felix April 27 2010 Outline Introduction: Causes A. Easily available fast food Families would rather buy food due to convenience Fast food is proven unhealthy B. non athletic transportation Everybody drives now distance between stores too large II. Dangers A. health effects Can cause diabetes Can cause heart problems B. Social Effects Inability to do recreational activities Looked down upon Prevention A. Educate Teach parents of dangers Teach children proper eating habits B.