Some situations call for nutrition advice to be given by personal physicians, they are trusted and are not selling anything. Patients understand that their doctors will talk to them about their diet, and general health (AJCN). While the government is trying to be preventative in their attempts to control people’s food choices; they are using the same mindset as in helmet and seatbelt laws, which help people stay away from a dangerous choice. The government believes that poor food choices are dangerous as well, and think regulations should apply to both (NPR). However, this seems to be an unmanageable
A healthy lifestyle with a good diet and exercise is taught almost everywhere nowadays, but our current culture is having a hard time adapting to such a lifestyle. As Judith Warner shares in, Junking Junk food, “We ended up with a wealth of knowledge about best nutritional practices but no cultural change to back it up.” (403) It is not realistic to blame the obesity crisis on just one certain thing, but having consumers be clearly aware of what they were putting in their bodies all the time would certainly help. Radley Balko insists in his article, What you Eat is Your Business, that the eating habits and healthcare costs associated with an unhealthy lifestyle should be the responsibility of the individual. Many argue though, with the huge increase in diabetes and heart disease, help from outside sources are needed as well as the government requiring labeling on all prepared foods that are being sold. When a person is subjected to mass amounts of food advertisements, there is no surprise that it influences their choices on what to consume.
The government plays an important part in our safety, but many people think they take it too far. Recently, people have thought more and more about how much involvement the government should have when it comes to food regulations. Some people think the government's involvement in regulating food would greatly help obesity rates, and others think the country's obesity rates would show little to no improvement. Although no one cause of obesity exists, and no government regulations will likely alter someone’s lifestyle choices, the government should implement some regulations by implementing programs to educate and encourage citizens to lead a healthier life and by requiring companies to list a full disclosure of ingredients on their products. Because obesity has many causes, people do not think the government implementing regulations on food will influence healthy decisions.
While fast-food restaurants should take some of the blame for the obesity epidemic, it’s ultimately the consumer’s choice to choose fast-food over healthier choices. Many different factors such as convenience, cost, and environmental factors, along with lack of exercise, are also contributors to the rising obesity rate in America. Whether people are willing to admit it or not, the desire for convenience is one of the main factors that leads to obesity. In today’s fast-food industry, it’s extremely hard to find food that isn’t “highly processed, full of fat, calories and sodium” (Muntel). While people are recommended to eat an average of 1,500-1,800 calories and around 50-60 grams of fat per day, one can easily take in a whole day’s worth of calories and fat in one fast-food meal.
Our lifestyles and poor 'convenient ' diets we can all say is an appropriate blame for the increase in obesity. Heaney acknowledges Oliver’s admonition “to stop worrying so much about our weight” is premature, although his advice to start caring more about diet and exercise is sensible. Eating well, eating less, and exercising regularly is what we must do to if we want to increase our life span and feel better about ourselves
“America is fat.” This is what people think about the United States today, and it’s getting fatter. As we continue to serve over processed foods and un-healthy fast food we will remain the “fattest country”. We all are guilty of stopping while on a road trip or on the way to work for a quick fix of over processed and fatty fast food. Fast food tastes delicious, yet it’s very unhealthy. In the world today we have sedentary lifestyles, we now have more advanced technology and spend more time commuting.
This doesn’t mean the people who are advertising foods that are bad for your health with false facts aren’t apart of it but they are only a piece of the problem. By teaching our generation about moderation and to be conscious of our eating choices is a way to get this “epidemic” fixed.
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Within recent years obesity has become a major deal in society. Obesity does not only affect people’s physical lifestyles but also people’s mental lifestyles as well. People are beginning to ask why the current generation is struggling with overweight issues so much more than previous generations have struggled with it. Many people who have studied the issue of obesity and improper nutrition have credited the issue to laziness and unhealthy eating styles. The solution to this problem is not as easy as it might seem.
Junk food options are already set at a more reasonable price than healthy foods, enticing people to buy these less expensive goods. Even though putting a tax on other products, such as tobacco, has served the intended purpose, food is a necessity humans must have for survival. Society is used to consuming foods they want, and will continue to do so. Putting a tax on unhealthy food will not necessarily lower the obesity rate because there are other factors that contribute to this problem. Moreover, taxing measures are usually intended for the collective benefit of society rather than the individual.