In addition, socioeconomic levels including a low income, uneducated parents, and poor-quality neighborhoods can lead to childhood obesity. For these reasons, childhood obesity has become one of the most serious problems in North America. The responsibility for childhood obesity lies not with children but with parents and society.
Lower the Cost of Health Foods INTRODUCTION In America today, the economy is rapidly turning for the worst. People are losing jobs which means the unemployment rates are increasing. With Americans struggling to stay on their feet financially, they must lower their standards and do what they can to maintain a roof over their family’s head and food on the table, regardless the circumstances. Times are tough for many families, and with the costs of healthy and nutritious meals being relatively expensive, it makes it that much easier to find something cheaper and quicker to consume. It was stated in one article that a healthy diet is “also a real barrier for some low-income families, for whom it would translate to about an extra $550 a year” (1:/mkq4fuv).
The consequences of these actions result in obesity because of the poor nutrient foods that are affordable. Hou mentions in the article that data from national surveys supports, families who live in “unsafe” and “disadvantaged” neighborhoods have a higher risk for obesity, and those with a higher income has a decreased risk for obesity. Lower-income families living in rough areas and neighborhoods become susceptible to obesity, because of the high fat and sugar foods that are affordable for them. When discussing malnutrition, most would picture the starving child in Africa, whose only form of survival is the leftover dirty rainwater. The difference between the third world countries and America is the unlimited access to fast food and the amount of food eaten each day.
The problem is that hungry people are trapped so far into severe poverty. Not having the necessary components to buy food to nourish their body they often become malnourished which cause them to become weaker and often sick. A person's body needs a diet of just about 2,000 calories and if those who can't get any nutrients have a weaker immune system. In addition, diseases are created because food is not being taken in to strengthen the immune system in the body to avoid sickness. The downward spiral continues until someone and their families are
With over one third of our adult population at risk for these diseases, obesity is an issue of tremendous importance. There are many areas of cause for obesity in today’s society. Technology has provided decreased necessity for physically demanding jobs along with increased need for sedentary jobs. Additionally technology provided access to more sedentary past times such as watching television or... ... middle of paper ... ...elter uncertainties. More people are being negatively impacted by rising costs of healthy foods, falling costs of high caloric foods, and by physiological reactions to mental stresses brought on by poverty.
For example, children from this type of living lack the finances to shop for healthier more expensive foods. Socioeconomic status is defined by ones education, income, occupation, and is also known to include the social standing of a group or individual (Education and Socioeconomic Status 1). This could lead many people in this status to take up unhealthy eating habits. Children that live in a low socioeconomic lifestyle become the victims of this unhealthy eating and the obesity epidemic that has hit the United States is a result of that. In addition, children that eat too many calories pick up excess weight because of the lack of energy being burned through physical activity (Bales, Coleman, Wallinga 1).
Children are being raised with poor diets, which become routine life habits, because families struggle to afford healthy foods. With these health concerns afflicting millions Nationwide, prevention, early detection, and education programs are important to help explain to those in low socioeconomic communities who are at a high risk for obesity and Cardiovascular disease. Living in a low socioeconomic community can prevent safe exercise habits such as running, walking and biking. For people living in poverty with little money they typically depend on the government for money that can restrict what that person can buy at the grocery store. People want more food for their money cheap accessible foods that are high in fat and low in nutritional density.
Some people see fast food as the cause of obesity, whereas some see obesity as the cause of an individual choosing to eat unhealthy food, given them full responsibility for their dietary choices. Fast food is seen as one of the cheaper ways of eating compared to buying healthy food from the local supermarket. In the last few years, obesity rates have been on a rise. Obesity affects everyone ranging from young children to adults. An individual does have responsibility for their dietary choices, but perhaps they cannot afford the expensive prices of healthier foods, so they have to turn to fast foods as a cheaper unhealthy way of eating.
Hunger and Obesity Together Obesity cannot be fixed without first fixing hunger and poverty. To be healthy it takes healthy foods (including fruits, vegetables, and low fat products) and burning more calories than digesting. Healthy foods can cost a lot of money and push low-income families to eat unhealthier processed foods. Obesity and hunger are connected it can each be connected to poverty. While obesity seems to be the result of too much food and hunger the lack of food, the common issue of poverty must be addressed in order to ease the obesity crisis in the United States.
The limited accessibility of fresh foods and excess of fast food restaurants in low-income areas are a catalyst to the obesity epidemic. The obesity epidemic is rising by a swift rate; there are two contributing factors to this. The first factor is that companies are confusing consumers on what is healthy to eat. The other factor is that poor people do not have access to healthy places to eat and end up eating affordable unhealthy food, which would be fast food. The poor people who live in food deserts end up not having many options, and the people that know what it is detrimental do not care to stop eating.