Modern poverty is so closely related with obesity for many reasons. First of all, poor people are ignorant and uneducated about their health and nutrition. Obviously, because of that they don’t really know what they are doing or even how they are taking the risk of eating some kinds of food. Poor people go for good tasting food without paying attention to the food’s freshness and safety. Moreover, children grow up without a proper understanding of good nutrition, so it is time to reintroduce nutrition to families and even in schools to kids.
Even if their country has excess food, they still go hungry because of poverty. Since people are mistaken by “scarcity is the real cause of this problem”, governments and institutions are starting to solve food shortage problems by increasing food production, while there really is an excess of food in some countries. Although the green revolution was a big success globally, hunger still exists in some countries. The author stated, “Large farms, free-markets, free trade, and more aid from industrialized countries, have all been falsely touted as the ‘cure’ to end hunger”. All of those are used to promote exports and food production, it doesn’t increase the poor’s ability to buy food he says.
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. Low-income neighborhoods lack grocery stores and markets where they can get healthy food affecting both rates of obesity and hunger. Instead the residents are limited to local convenience stores that do not have fresh produce and low-fat products. Instead these stores will have processed food that lacks nutrients. Without good grocery stores and markets it is also affecting hunger for where and how residents are going to get their food.
Often people do not have enough money or time in their hands, so they look for other alternatives that can solve that issue. Due to the nation’s recession, fast food companies are lowering the food’s prices and marketing more food for less money. It has gotten to the point in which people can not afford to buy healthy groceries; therefore, they end up buying what seems reasonable. Reasonably it is just a shortcut through the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant. In addition, the rising prices in food products are one of the many accountable effects that make purchasing groceries difficult.
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.
Just as little as thirty years ago fast food companies exploded with business because it’s cheap food and that coincidence it has caused so many health issues to consumers with the fast food injusry. A factor causing obesity is lack of exercise and physical activity. An example can be the type of jobs people do not have time exercise or physical activity. Someone that has a nine-to-five desk job,who rarely gets physical exercise who eats very unhealthy foods from lack of exercise. Causing gradual weight gain for people who dont exersise enough.
Obesity will soon overtake smoking as the number one preventable cause of death (Cawely, 1). Because organic healthy food is so over-priced, Americans are forced to consume cheap unhealthy fast food. This is leading to most of the US population being obese, which could cause serious health risks. About 30% of Americans are now considered obese, and 61% considered overweight (Cawely, 3). If organic food was cheaper, many people say that they would eat it rather than the cheap fatty foods they consume.
TaMia Artis Mrs. O'Sullivan English II Date Idk World Hunger How many people have ever thought of what it is like not have food? Hunger is a big issue that should be addressed because of food dumping, over population, and increased poverty. Most people do not think about or even worry about how it would feel to go hungry every day but there are some people out there who do. Millions of people in the world do not have enough food to live a healthy and active life ( Hunger Statistics). With those millions unable to achieve what is to be a healthy lifestyle causes an increased rate of death but no where near as much as AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
People want more food for their money cheap accessible foods that are high in fat and low in nutritional density. Poverty people lack the environment and education needed to support adequate health. Therefore, for those with little education and poor access to healthy foods, exercise, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and weight can be hard. Being overweight or having an unhealthy lifestyle is one of the most common national risk factors for cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and hypertension. A study showed a correlation between two recent studies in... ... middle of paper ... ...curity is associated with diabetes mellitus: Results from the national health examination and nutrition examination survey (NHANES) 1999-2002.
In today’s Nation, it is expensive to try and have a healthy diet whereas junk food is cheap. Numerous amounts of people don’t think about their diet, because they are too busy with work, home, children, etc. Maintaining a healthy diet isn’t always the first thing people worry about. It is much more accessible for a person to pick up fast foods and feed their family instead of cooking an actual home-cooked meal. If junk food was priced the same as healthy foods then people would significantly change their diet, and the outlook of junk food would be viewed differently.