Obesity, a Genuine Disease

opinion Essay
1396 words
1396 words

The problem of obesity plagued has this Nation for many years. It is a disease that has affected many adult Americans, now it has spread to our children, and at their young age obesity can be threatening, according to the CDC “childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 year,” (CDC). Children’s obesity is a problem in America causing major health issues like high cholesterol, hypertension, respiratory ailments and other major health issues. Obesity also costs our society $223 billion per year and some of those costs come from Medicare and Medicaid (Harvard Men Watch). Solution have been offered, like having schools change they food the serve, being active, and eating healthy foods. These proposals have failed because they did not address one of the major causes of the growing number of obese children, which is fast-food. There should regulation for fast-food restaurants to make changes to their menu choices an example of this would be adding more vegetables, fruit, as well as having smaller proportions and foods with fewer calories. The solution I am proposing will work where others have failed because it will attack one of the unhealthiest places many American eat and that is at fast food restaurants. One of the reasons that obesity is so out of control in the country begins with the fact that parents live busy lifestyles. Hustling and busting from work to home parents have less and less time to cook food for their children, so the next choice is to take them to McDonalds. The decision is bad because most children meals that are served by theses places like the happy meals from McDonald contains 600 calories per serving according to Journalist Jacques Renee. Consuming this ma... ... middle of paper ... ...en, Gregory, Clarence Riley, and Brenda Hargrove. "Physical Activity And Childhood Obesity: Strategies And Solutions For Schools And Parents." Education 132.4 (2012): 915-920.Academic Search Complete. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. Jacques, Renee. "11 Unsettling Facts You Should Know About McDonald's Happy Meals."The Huffington Post., 13 Mar. 2014. Web. 07 Apr. 2014. Strachan, Maxwell. "McDonald's Billion-Dollar Profit Is Awkwardly Close To The Amount It Costs Taxpayers Every Year." The Huffington Post., 21 Oct. 2013. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. Obesity in America: What's driving the epidemic?' 2012, Harvard Men's Health Watch, 16, 7, pp. 5-7, Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 18 March 2014 Wong, Venessa. "Happy Meals With McNuggets Dominate Children's Advertising."Bloomberg Business Week. Bloomberg, 13 Nov. 2013. Web. 07 Apr. 2014.

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  • Explains that obesity has plagued america for many years, and now it has spread to our children, causing major health issues like high cholesterol, hypertension, respiratory ailments, etc.
  • Explains that obesity is out of control in the country due to parents' busy lifestyles. mcdonald's meals contain 600 calories per serving, which is unhealthy for children and adults alike.
  • Explains that children spend less time outside and more time inside watching tv and playing video games instead of burning the calories accumulated from that day.
  • Explains the health issues brought on by obesity can be life threatening to children. hypertension and diabetes were two of the 15 leading causes of death in the united states in 2010.
  • Opines that the health costs of obesity are incredible and that if obesity isn't lowered, these costs will increase as obese children become obese adults.
  • Opines that schools should change the foods they serve to combat obesity, but the truth is that children don't eat healthy at home. fast food restaurants offer free toys and happy meals.
  • Explains that mcdonalds distributes 1.5 billion toys worldwide, which is more than hasbro and mattel. the harvard school of public health education estimates that healthy whole grain food costs $1.50 per day.
  • Proposes forcing fast food chains to switch from trying to trick kids and parents with unhealthy foods to spending all that money offering healthy foods.
  • Argues that people's health is their own concern and it’s not the responsibility of the fast food industry to take care of these health issues.
  • Opines that unless we attack and regulate the fast food industry, we will never lower childhood obesity.
  • Cites centers for disease control and prevention's "adult obesity facts" and "eating healthy vs. unhealthy diet costs about $1.50
  • Summarizes the centers for disease control and prevention's "facts." green, gregory, riley, and hargrove. "physical activity and childhood obesity: strategies and solutions for schools and parents."
  • Opines that mcdonald's billion-dollar profit is awkwardly close to the amount it costs taxpayers every year.
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