For years, the United States government has been trying to find a way to lower the obesity in the country. However, the approach it is using, i.e. taxing unhealthy food, is not the most effective one. People are going to purchase whatever products they wish, whether the price is increased a few cents or not. Junk food options are already set at a more reasonable price than healthy foods, enticing people to buy these less expensive goods.
So is going through the drive thru of your favorite fast food restaurant really cheaper than making a meal at home for your family? In today’s time it has become more relevant to get what is more convenient and cheapest regarding to food. People are less concerned with the health benefits, whether that means going by McDonalds for dinner than making a home cooked meal or eating junk food than a healthy alternative snack. People are doing what seems to be the most convenient and inexpensive route, but the problem is that Americans lack knowledge regarding junk food and real food which is interfering with their health. High amounts of processed foods are being consumed by Americans because they are tight budgeted and don’t have the time to cook
Conrad Dean, an American nutritionist said: `You probably think eating healthy is expensive. I’ll be honest — it is. But there are tricks to keep it low cost; consume tap Water. Check the price of... ... middle of paper ... ...re options to go for, we cannot say that they eat healthier that lower class. They might have the money to buy quality food and still make the wrong choices when it comes to their diet.
As we all may know, these tempting machines are filled with rubbish. They consist of junk food that kids may not receive at home! So, instead of eating their celery sticks at lunch, they instead choose a grubby snack from the vending machine. We should strongly support substituting healthier options to choose from! Since fresh produce doesn’t last as long as other foods such as canned foods, the prices are higher, and you can’t buy these foods in bulk (Williams).
By packing your child’s lunch, you are not only providing them with a healthy meal, but you are saving thousands of dollars in medical bills. That cafeteria hamburger and ice cream your child received today may have saved you a nickel, but ten years from now you might be paying to clean out their arteries. By providing your child with healthy inexpensive meals, you will also save them from having to buy gym memberships, and therapy for when your child is being bullied for being overweight in
A major concern for people who eliminate wheat from their diets is that they will not consume the recommended fiber intake. However, “If wheat calories are replaced with those from vegetables and raw nuts, fiber intake goes up” (Davis, pg. 195). Therefore, fiber consumption is not a huge risk factor when eliminating wheat from the diet if consumption of healthy foods is increased. Gluten free foods can be found at grocery stores and organic food places.
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.
But, in low income families, the fast food they buy for their meal has the most nutritional value of anything they will eat during the extent of the day. The protein from a McChicken combo will keep a child running for the rest of the day, more so than boxed Kraft Mac and Cheese would. Should these fast food fighters allow low income families to eat fast food, no questions asked? These low income household children will not be able to get the nutrition they need without stopping into a fast food restaurant. The most calories a child will intake during the day would be through the fast food meal that their parents would buy them.
Fast food restaurants have became a routine matter of life in America. Americans eat more fast food than other food due to lifestyle and the way fast food restaurants are marketed to target their audience. Fast food restaurants in America seem to be convenient, cheap, and taste good, however, they can be a harm to the consumers’ health and body. When people choose between healthy food, fast food or time; they rather buy food from fast food because people think it is cheaper and there will be more money left to pay bills or there is no time to make homemade food, but what they don’t know is that the quality of food in fast food is poor and can lead to obesity and other serious health problem. Behind those tasty fast food advertisings, the type
Although avoiding foods that contain certain ingredients is helpful, it seems to be unavoidable to those with a low socioeconomic status based on their economic, environmental and personal factors. "...[It] is not surprising considering the current structure of food prices is such that sweet and high-fat foods provide dietary energy at a low cost, whereas the energy cost of lean meats, fish, vegetables and fruit are likely to be higher" (Inglis, 2008). Another suggestion Pollan brings up is the idea that people should spend more money on nutritional foods in order to better their health (Pollan, 2007). As I previously mentioned, this suggestion disregards low-income households because money can be a barrier as to why they are not buying nutritional foods but unhealthy foods. What makes matters worse is the fact that Pollan states, "not everyone can afford to eat well in America, which is shameful, but most of us can….and those of us who can afford to eat, well should" (Pollan,