If the many families of our societies and the government don’t start to control the situation, then it will always be a major problem within our households. It is true that fast food is promptly available it doesn’t mean the habit should be avoided. I believe the epidemic on child obesity with fast food consumption can be solved by first solving the problem with the parent. It will take time to eliminate the problem with the consumption of always eating fast food but it will be a start. Whether if the government decided to take action related to fast food for the cause of child obesity.
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.
As obesity and its effects gain awareness, Americans are making more efforts to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Many restaurants are incorporating healthier choices into their menus and “policy-makers are taking action to protect children from the fast-food trend” by limiting “food advertising aimed at children” (“Fast Food”). In 2004 the health campaign Verb was launched, using boldface names to promote physical activity and healthy decision-making. Unfortunately, Verb was terminated in 2007 due to a lack of funds (Kluger 227). The problem with the current endeavors, then, is that they are not void of any possible defects.
Dara Pierre English 101-IN Why not blame the eater?? There is an inherent responsibility that each of us to undertake and making healthy food choices is one of them. In David Zinczenko’s article “Don’ Blame the Eater”, published in the New York Times, he argues that fast food vendors are responsible for the growth of obesity and diabetics in young adults. He contends that fast food vendors like McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bells and Pizza Hut are really the only options for young adults that are affordable. Consumer’s are responsible for their selection in foods and if they chose to consue products that give no nutritional information that is on them.
Not only are we doing this to ourselves, now we are doing this to our children. (1 in 3 American children is obese). 30.6 percent obesity in America. This number is sobering when comparing it to other countries. What is more alarming, is that if people don’t start paying more attention to what they are eating this number is only going to grow.
This is the biggest question when it comes to obesity. Is it the individual’s fault for being obese, or is it because the government refuses to help? Radley Balko believes individuals are at fault while Kelly Brownell and Marion Nestle believe the government is at fault. However, instead of arguing over whose fault it is, the government and each individual should take responsibility for obesity. The individuals are responsible because they are the ones obese and the only ones that can truly help themselves.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than one third of Americans are obese. Many people may ask why it matters if they are obese if they feel fine or healthy. The truth is that obesity affects everyone in many different ways. One of the main reasons is that obesity related conditions can lead to death. Death can not only affect the victim, but also family members and friends.
American Obesity: It’s the Parents’ Fault There is no question that fast food is one of the most available items in the United States and is not nutritious by any mean. Daniel Weintraub, author of an editorial found in The Sacramento Bee called “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins in the Home,” expresses an opinion that is represented by the title of his article. He claims that parents provide access for their children to this food and in turn teach them poor eating habits. Even author David Zinczenko asks, “What ever happened to personal responsibility?” Preventing obesity is in the hands of each individual and the poor eating habits instilled into the minds of the average American child by their parents. Fast food companies are running
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
There are many reasons that a parent should be held responsible for their child’s obesity. Childhood obesity has become a worldwide epidemic. A child looks to their parent(s) for guidance on how to live; if the parent(s) chose to look the other way; this shows the child(ren) that being overweight and unhealthy is okay. That can also contribute to the likelihood that the child(ren) will become obese as an adult. Scholars recognize "it is not advantageous to wait until