Food is essential. It is clearly a necessity for life, and because of this, how we view our food is just as important as what it is that we are eating. Some say that ignorance is bliss and sometimes that may be true, but with knowledge comes wisdom. Therefore, knowing the risks of the things we eat, and what we may be able to change to adjust to healthier eating habits is information everyone should have, including parents and or legal guardians for their sakes, as well as their children’s.
Nutritious food is of paramount importance for a healthy mind and body. Childhood is a time of critical growth in which proper nutrition is absolutely necessary. Children who have poor diets either due of a lack of food or because of bad eating habits and patterns, leads to inadequate intake of nutrients and are prone to significant short-term and long-term health impacts and diseases.
“New York City’s Board of Health today passed a rule banning super-sized drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries.” (Doc A). Individuals in the United States are overweight because they do not know how to limit themselves. If the government were to control one of the main reasons people are obese, then several people would not be overweight because the government would take care of the problem. Banning sugary drinks over 16-ounces would help people lower their sugar intake, which would help people stay in excellent health. Although numerous amounts of people believe they should be able to make their own decisions, the government should be able to control what Americans are consuming because of children, health, and the future.
For example, a person might want to smoke weed but the reduction and restriction and supply of such drug might reduce or eliminate the demand. It could be because people will find it hard to get the drugs. Sometimes people who get addicted and do not have money to buy them drugs might involve in criminal activities to fund themselves. So if a campaigning against smoking drugs helps people reduce or quit smoking then directly or indirectly it will also reduce the crime levels. This ultimately benefits the
The Munch and Move program is a NSW wide program that aims to promote and increase healthy eating practices and physical activity in children aged 0 to 5 years. Thus the Munch and Move program forms part of the ‘NSW Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy: Preventing overweight and obesity in NSW 2013-2018’ and is accordance with the Premier’s Priority to reduce childhood obesity by 5% over 10 years starting from 2015. Therefore the Munch and Move program’s target audience is early childhood workers. The aim of the program is to help the staff the early childhood workers in preschools and other early childhood education and care service centers (ECECS) to foster strategies that promote healthy eating, physical activity and fundamental movement skills in
David Zinczenko’s essay, “Don’t Blame the Eater,” talks about the relationship between obese children and fast-food restaurants. As a child growing up, Zinczenko didn’t have many food choices, both in and out of his home. By eating twice a day at fast-food venders, Zinczenko unfortunately became obese. He says that by becoming involved in the health and fitness industry, he was able to turn his life around. Zinczenko states that fast-food restaurants are located almost everywhere, appeal to children, are inexpensive, and are easy to access. Therefore, he believes that the declining nutritional value of todays food are aiding the growing trend of childhood obesity. Zinczenko says that fast food companies provide little information concerning
A recent study found that children who regularly ateschool lunches were 29 percent more likely to beobese than their peers who brought lunch fromhome. Health science has advanced greatly since theinception of the National School Lunch Program in1946. When a 2008 Institute of Medicine committeecomprising 14 child-nutrition experts examined dataon the content of school lunches in the UnitedStates, its findings were stark. The updated standards aligned school meals withthe 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans byincreasing quantities of fruits, vegetables, andwhole grains; establishing calorie ranges; andlimiting trans fats and sodium. Children consume almost half of their total caloriesat school, and the National School Lunch Programprovides
Childhood to adolescent obesity in America is becoming an over-whelming issue. Most schools have decided that physical education isn’t critical due to budget cuts and the increased pressure to excel in standardized tests. One out of three children in the U.S. is over-weight or obese according to the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. I believe that childhood obesity is the result of lack of exercise and poor diet due to a fast-paced lifestyle. Junk food is attractive for many reasons including price, taste, and convenience. My own research outside of school has led me to learn and value the importance of healthy food as it preserves and protects our body from diseases because it contains the vitamins, minerals, and protein that our
David states that it is not just the child’s fault for eating fast food, it is also the parents fault for not providing them a healthy alternative. When children are taken to fast food restaurants, they do not know to look at the calories or the mount of food that they are putting into their bodies. Then, after they eat the fast food, most of the children go home and play video games or watch T.V. without doing any physical activity that would help burn off the extra Calories. David himself writes” Shouldn’t we know better than to eat to eat two meals a day in fast-food restaurants? That’s one argument. But, where, exactly, are customers particularly teenagers supposed to find alternatives? (242)” In other words, David believes that if there were more, cheaper, healthier options then, childhood obesity rates would lower. Ultimately, David’s theory is that there are many different ways to help combat obesity and one of them is giving children a healthier
“The Obesity Epidemic in the United States”, is a scholar journal that was published in 2004 by Allison C. Morrill and Christopher D. Chinn to address the causes and consequences of this emergent epidemic of obesity, which has only recently been recognized. Emphasizing the severe effects of being obese and how rapidly this prevailing issue is spreading, the authors urge their audience to take action in preventing obesity for themselves and the people around them. The two authors of this scholarly journal use several statistics, factual information, and in-depth tables to thoroughly cover the causes and effects of the obesity epidemic throughout the United States, but the lack of ethos takes away from the effectiveness of the article.
Many schools in America are considering a change to their lunch menus. Due to an increase of teenage obesity in America, schools would like to provide their students with healthier food to eat. Although changing to a healthier meal plan would promote a healthy life style, the current lunch menu has food that the students enjoy and gives students access to more food options; therefore, schools should not change their current meal plan to a healthier kind. The lunch menu currently in place provides students with food that they enjoy. For instance, most teenagers do not enjoy eating healthy foods, such as broccoli, on a daily basis. Moreover, some students do not bring lunch to school partly because they enjoy the food that the school gives.
School lunches, they follow you everywhere from ever since those elementary days even up until your last few days of your senior year in College. From a parent’s perspective who would not want their child to grow up happy and healthy. Through the past years of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA implemented their new guideline throughout the nation for school lunches to have more fruits and vegetables while cutting out the fatty foods such as French fries or Coke; it would be expected that the general public would have some complaints. School lunches give students a healthy balanced diet that contribute to a healthy physical and psychological development especially in the younger ages (Jeon 130). What
The unfortunate reality of childhood obesity has always been a topic of great debate and discussion in not only the US but worldwide. In recent years, this topic has gained a huge amount attention because of media coverage and health reform in the United States. There is no single cause
In the article “Attacking the obesity Epidemic by First figuring out its cause” by Jane E. Brody. She reflects on how “ children aged 2 to 19 consume seven trillion calories of sugar sweetened beverages a year.” Also in that article she says, “Schools that introduce healthful foods in the classroom have shown that they are more likely to be eaten in the lunchroom and at home.” Thinking about it seven trillion sugar sweetened beverages is a lot. By improving our school food students will be more physically fit.
Health promotion and health education have many similarities, despite them being distinctly different. Health promotion and health education are both very important, especially when being used as tools in the hands of different authority figures and policy makers. Health promotion and health education both advocate for health in a systematic way or as a planned application, however we learned in class that anyone can promote health, but not everyone can be a health educator when it comes to health education.