A third of the child population below the age of 20 are considered obese. The way Americans eat today and the lack of physical activity is leading to serious health risk that will continue to get worse as children age. Parents need help from the government to help make changes in the environment that children grow up in. such as, limiting the unhealthy advertisements targeted at children, creating safe places for children to place and exercise, and encouraging parents to prepare nutritious meals for their children as opposed to fast food (Childhood Obesity). Interagency Working Group has started making a difference by setting recommendations for foods advertised to children.
Through its play areas and its Ronald McDonald mascot, McDonalds targets children portraying that visiting the fast food is a fun idea (Rucki, 2013). McDonalds was sued in court eventually in 2010 for unethical practices particularly in marketing to children in the manner of providing toys along with the food. As assailed by Monet Parham, McDonalds had “invaded” the mind of her daughters who would cry for hours just to have Happy Meal. During the time when there is an increasing awareness of obesity and healthy eating on children, food marketing earned a timely lens and the issue of targeting children in the marketing campaign had been magnified largely in time and considering that there is a high expectation on McDonalds being a responsible multinational company (O 'Brien, 2011). With the charge of McDonalds regarding their toys, it raises issues on the influence of the fast food over unhealthy eating patterns who are bend on exploiting the innocence of children.
In this age group eating habits hasn 't only impact on children health but also on their concentration, feelings and behavior. The most common scenario in most households is a children who returns from school hangs himself in front of the television, faithfully accompanied by a bowl of chips and a can of coke. Such nutritionally poor foods become fast addictive and can sow the seeds of weakness and debilitating disease, which ultimately leads to many an incurable disease. Research showed that every day 33% children consume fast food. Reasons children eat fast food instead of healthy
While the food industry may produce entertaining and vibrant advertisements and games to lure the children into believing that their products are worth buying, parents are the looming figures, the puppeteers, in their children’s lives. Parents are the ones that can gently steer their children away from fast food, or push them towards it, as long as the children live under the parents’ watch. Parents are the ones that can influence their children’s choices – telling them to choose the fruits rather than the gummy bears, or choose the wholegrain bread over the white bread. Likewise, some parents may push their children into choosing the gummy bears because they’re cheaper, or the white bread because it’s the what the parents think taste the best. In the end, parents are the ones that would pay for the meals, and they wouldn’t pay for anything that won’t be eaten by them, or they aren’t pleased
Currently, children are the most affected ones, despite their age; children weren´t taught to eat healthy and they are accustomed to consume fast food every day. Our society is changing, the world is changing and there is no time to prepare any kind of food, so people prefer to buy some fast food and that is a problem that can lead to many several diseases. The most common diseases due to the bad nutrition are: diabetes, cancer, anemia, hypertension, coronary heart disease, osteomalacia / rickets and the most two common ones: obesity and overweight (Benard, 2017). According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (2016), “obesity occurs over time when you eat more calories than you use”and “obesity means having too much body fat”. But this is a little bit different as being overweight because the weight can be from a bone, fat, muscle or body water (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
According to the website School Lunches: Fast Food for Thought? : “A statewide survey revealed that 71 percent of California high school districts serve fast foods including pizza, hamburgers, soda and french fries for student lunches.” The schools are putting the blame and responsibility on the parents. Schools believe that the education of food should come from the homes of the students. They don't think that students will listen to them when they say to eat something healthy because they know that they can get something unhealthy elsewhere. This is not the right mindset because everyone can make a difference, and it shouldn’t be one person’s responsibility, but everyone’s.
Many of the those unhealthy food ads are going towards children of all ages. In the article, “Food and Beverage TV advertising to young children: Measuring exposure and potential impact” by Jennifer L. Harris and Svetlana Kalnova, children of all ages are vulnerable to influence from exposure to unhealthy food advertisements, but experts raise additional concerns about children under 6 due to their more limited cognitive abilities. People know that kids can get anything they want so they put ads on children TV channels. If kids were to see a cereal commercial and they really want to try it they would ask their parents to buy it for them; once the kids like the product they will ask for more of it which can lead them to a unhealthy
Bowman, PhD*; Steven L. Gortmaker, PhD‡; Cara B. Ebbeling, PhD§; Mark A. Pereira, PhD§; and David S. Ludwig, MD, in his study found that (2004 ) fast-food intake harmfully affects nutritional factors related to obesity danger Fast food has become a famous characteristic of the go on a diet of children in the United States and, more and more, all through the world. But, not many studies have examined the special effects of fast-food intake on several nutrition or health-linked result. Ashakiran1* & Deepthi 2012 investigated .have healthy and be alive fit. way of life changes has bound us consequently a great deal so as
They offer a replacement to the regular school lunches, and some kids find themselves skipping out on the school provided lunch options altogether (“Junk Food in Schools”). The USDA places some restrictions on competitive foods, requiring them to “contain at least five percent of the recommended daily allowance of a number of specific nutrients, including protein and certain vitamins” (“Junk Food in Schools”). These restrictions seem to be unpopular because they limit some schools from selling chewing gum or breath mints (because they lack nutrients), but they can sell candy and french fries (“Junk Food in Schools”). This system seems quite unkempt and
For a household with picky eaters, one food that most children hate are vegetables. We adults know how healthy vegetables are, and how can greatly impact ours and our children’s health as well. However, we cannot blame our children’s delicate taste, especially if they developed a liking on cake, ice cream, pizza and other non-veggie meals. However, we can still work that out. An article on WeHaveKids.com suggests the following to make our children eat more nutritious food a.k.a.