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.
If a person ate two fast food meals a day on average they would be over their total calorie intake allowances. Obesity does not only cause health problems but it can also cause physica... ... middle of paper ... ...estaurant and rather eat that then try something new like healthy food. People cannot control the location or amount of fast food companies and are now realizing that fast food is causing people to become obese(Lusk and Ellison). Obesity is a growing problem and more people are starting to consider themselves as becoming one of those obese Americans. Obesity is associated with many health problems both physical and mental.
The kids feel that they are not getting enough food, and the food they do get does not taste very good. Part of these issues are due to the changes being made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Michelle Obama, etc. Parents, on the other hand, are more concerned with the price of the lunches. Parents want to see their children eating healthy lunches, but at a lower price. Many families cannot afford the rising costs of lunch.
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.
The government and majority of US people are in denial of this problem, because they are simply ashamed to acknowledge it. Hunger can be next door in your neighborhood, but nobody knows about it, because people afraid to talk about it. Another issue that is addressed in the film is obesity among the Americans. It might seems to be weird to talk about obesity when you focusing on the problems of hunger, however obesity and hunger have a lot in common. Some people just don’t have enough money to purchase the food that will help them to stay fit and healthy, so they look for the cheapest processed foods which are not always good.
The definition of obesity is: the condition of being grossly fat or overweight. In the U.S there are approximately ninety-seven million adults are either overweight or obese. To be obese is considered 100 pounds over your ideal weight. Approximately 300,000 people die from obesity each year according to Stanford Hospital and Clinical. Obesity; Opposing viewpoints mentions that the rates of obesity are skyrocketing every year the prevalence of women are 50% more then they are in men.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over one third of adults and about 17% of children in the United States are obese (2013). An individual is considered obese when their body mass index (BMI) is greater than 30. Table 1 shows an example BMI calculation using height and weight factors. Obese individuals are at risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, osteoarthritis, and infertility. With over one third of our adult population at risk for these diseases, obesity is an issue of tremendous importance.
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.
Approximately 300,000 people will die this year from obesity related deaths. There are many health consequences that come with being obese. These include, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, and some cancers. Childhood obesity has become a major epidemic in America. The fast food advertisements, the lack of outdoor activities, and the decrease in parental controls all contribute to childhood obesity.
The rise of obesity in the United States has posed health and financial problems for this country that need to be dealt with. It is said that an obesity epidemic is sweeping the country and that the numbers are astronomical. Approximately 31% of all adults and 15% of children, ages 6-19 are obese. Obesity is also severe in a variety of ethnic groups. For example, 50% of non-Hispanic black women are obese.