Obesity, a Genuine Disease

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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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