Blaming Fast Food Restaurants for Obesity Let’s face it; everyone loves a Whopper every now and then. Yet we are all aware that one too many can bring on dangerous and life-threatening results. Obesity is a growing problem in the United States and more and more children are being affected. But do uneducated families have the right to put the blame on fast food restaurants for their health issues they could have easily prevented? I believe that we are taking it too far by blaming fast food restaurants for obesity and that it is an individual’s responsibility to take the blame.
Advertising and Its Effects on Childhood Obesity It has been said many times before that children are our future. One of the most alarming statistics about our future is the ever-alarming rate of obesity and overweight children in the United States. “Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%” (Childhood Obesity).
Busy and cash-stapped families increasingly rely on take-out food for family dinners, and regular consumption of over-sized portions of fatty foods can lead to widespread obesity” (Murphy 1). When people buy fast food, it is usually because they are in a hurry and need a quick meal. With advertisements of fast food chains
Parents usually seek the easier route by picking up dinners which are super high in carbs and sodium, or rent movies to pacify the kids after school. These are horrible habits that unfortunately will continue to affect society. Being that we are role models to our kids we should implement better habits like healthy snacks, keep healthy foods in the fridge and pantry, always start the day with a healthy breakfast, meals with the family, chew slowly and enjoy the food. In conclusion, parents have the upper hand in shaping their children eating habits and exercise for a longer brighter future. We are role models, something that people seem to forget so let’s act like it and prevent cardiovascular diseases in children.
Lunch is an important meal of the day and many children eat it at school. It helps our bodies and brains grow and develop into the way that they are supposed to by boosting our metabolism and giving us energy for the rest of the day. But it's probably one of the biggest problems in schools throughout America. We are told to eat healthy and good but we cannot always do that with the choices we have at the school. Students are being fed unhealthy lunches at school cafeterias simply because it is cheaper to produce unhealthy processed foods so alternatives and healthier food go away.
The American heart society organization showed that obesity is increasing due to the increase in fast food restaurants. As a result of the absence of physical activities, the only way to lose weight is to reduce the number of calories being eaten and to increase the level of physical activity. Thus, another solution is to cut out junk foods and fast food restaurants and start eating healthy food plus start having a healthy life style. Parents must encourage their children to eat healthy and
This concept, called fast food, may help people to get their food faster and cheaper, but it also introduces many other problems. In this playful depiction of Ronald McDonald rocking with kids, McDonald's uses their manipulative clown mascot to grab the attention of hungry children, in turn, putting the youth in the driver’s seat to a fast and turbulent track to obesity. Fast food has advanced so much over the past fifty years. It has become a massive conglomerate and a staple for the world population. The problem with this operation is, in order to attract enough customers, the final product must be affordable and yet, still delicious.
Childhood Obesity and Self Esteem Evan Lester Kingsborough Community College Abstract The childhood obesity epidemic is rising dramatically and continues to be a problem. My hypothesis is that childhood obesity and low self-esteem are positively correlated. This paper explores several authors’ perspectives on the link between childhood obesity and low self-esteem. Swallen, Reither, Haas & Meier (2005) find a positive correlation between low self-esteem and childhood obesity for children ages 12-14, where as, Dempster, Muldoon and McCullough (2008) postulate that there is a positive correlation, regardless of age. Musher-Eizenman, Holub, Barnhart Miller, Goldstein & Edwards-Leeper (2004) find that preschoolers are more likely to reject obese children as playmates.
Adolescents Obesity and Intervention Strategy Adolescents Obesity Intervention and Prevention Strategy According to Schwarz and Peterson (2010) “adolescents’ obesity in the United States has many important implications for both the health and well-being of the individual and society.” The negative health consequences of obesity include many diseases, chronic health disorders, psychological disorders, and early death. This contributes to billions of dollars of health care costs each year. The healthcare costs due to the adolescent obesity rate are estimated at more than $14 billion per year. The direct and indirect cost totals more than $140 billion dollars annually. The United States spends six to 10 percent of healthcare on costs caused by obesity compared to 2 to 3.5 percent in other western countries (Schwarz & Peterson, 2010).
On average 33 percent of teenagers are obese. Obesity is a big problem in todays teen society. There are many different reasons for teenage obesity. Some are poor eating habits, lack of exercise, genetics, and emotional eating. With more help we can limit the number of teenagers that remain obese until theiran adult.