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The American Diet

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Diet is the food a person eats. Having a good diet is important to have a healthy body. America’s diet includes foods high in fat such as cheeseburgers, donuts, ice cream, pizza, bacon-wrapped everything, deep fried foods, and many more. In recent years obesity in America has increased dramatically, mostly from increased consumption of added fats and sugars, and decreased physical activity. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and alzheimer's are just a few consequences of having a bad diet. Our food comes from four places, industrial factories, organic factories, farmer’s markets, or privately owned farms. The primary food source is industrial factories, which make up about 98 percent of the food in our supermarkets. In industrial factories, the animals, fruits, and vegetables that we eat are sprayed with toxins, pesticides, and are injected with hormones, which is a contributing factor in US obesity.
Obesity is a major problem in America. It is a problem for individuals of all ages, races, and social classes. Today no state in the United States is under 20 percent adult obesity. About 12 million children are obese, while 11 million are overweight. According to the rise of obesity rates, in the year 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, 39 states above 50 percent, and all 50 states above 44 percent. For example, Wisconsin’s obesity rate in 1995 was 16.4 percent, in 2011 it was 27.7 percent, and based on current projections, in 2030 the obesity rate will rise to 56.3 percent.
The US Farm Bill was created to subsidize farmer’s income. The intention of the bill was to eliminate crop subsidies, but resulted in imbalanced allocation of government subsidies. The imbalanced government subsides caused ...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that america's diet includes foods high in fat, such as cheeseburgers, donuts and ice cream. obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and alzheimer’s are just a few consequences of having bad diet.
  • Explains that obesity is a major problem in america, affecting individuals of all ages, races, and social classes. in 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, 39 states above 50 percent and all 50 states over 44 percent.
  • Explains that the us farm bill was created to subsidize farmer’s income, but resulted in imbalanced allocation of government subsidies.
  • Explains that the american heart association recommends a daily sodium intake of less than 1500 milligrams, which is twice the recommended amount. high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular diseases.
  • Analyzes how tracie mcmillan's book, the american way of eating, shows how americans want food that is easy to get and fast. in american supermarkets, there is more junk food than anything.
  • Analyzes how food companies influence people to eat their food by advertising, public relations, and convincing others that their product promotes health.
  • Argues that americans should eat more fish, lean meats, whole grains, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables to have a better diet.
  • Explains that american foods are often fried, while italians cook with olive oil. sweden has a diet rich in dairy, dark breads, berries, and fish. japan rely heavily on fish and soy as their main sources of protein.
  • Cites american heart association's eat less salt: an easy action plan for finding and reducing thesodium hidden in your diet.
  • Explains mcmillan, tracie, nestle, marion, and rettner, rachael. the american way of eating: undercover at walmart, applebee's, farmfields and the dinner table.
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