Philip Deocampo Ms. Huntley AP English Lit, Period 6 5 October 2015 Hunger and Its Impact on America In 2014 one in seven Americans are food insecure meaning that they go hungry for a day, don 't eat a full meal, or feed their children instead of themselves. (Just) The fact that anyone is starving in America doesn 't make us seem so great anymore. When everyday Americans hear the word hunger they think immediately associate it with the image of starving children in third world countries, but they never think of the hunger that 's impacting others right in front of them here in America. More often than not people in America are oblivious to the fact that people in America are starving and think that going to a soup kitchen or a food bank
Students lunches are being downgraded every year. The United States has one of the cheapest school lunch programs around the world. An Article called The Real Problem with School Lunches talks about how “we criticize schools ' reliance on highly processed, heat- 'n '-eat food, but cooking from scratch requires adequate cold storage and food preparation facilities, as well as trained workers” (Siegel). This shows that we complain so much on how the food is prepared but the government as well as every individual does not want to pay the price. Also “school meals in other countries fascinate us because they reflect a society 's true food culture, as well as its regard for its children” (Siegel).
For example, “The agriculture department estimated in 1999 that twelve million children were hungry or at risk of going hungry.” Many of these facts try and shock the reader with the result, “in 2000 requests for food assistance from families increased almost 20 percent” facts like these are what helps to persuade the reader. Anna also goes on to provide information from real people, not based on numbers. She talks about how socially, “The humiliations attached to being poor in a prosperous nation, not being able to feed your kids is at the top of the list” in an attempt to draw empathy out from the reader. She also talks of how some “parents who go hungry themselves so their kids can eat” which again is a very persuasive quote. Overall Anna quindlen’s essay talks greatly about how kids who aren’t supplied free school lunch can actually go starving.
“The main goal of the law was to raise the minimum nutritional standards for public schools lunches served as part of the National School Lunch Program”(Anderson,2) However, in recent years there have been programs that will help advocate for healthier options. Not only are they healthier but, they are also less costly, “National implementation of proposed rigorous competitive food standards that can improve the health of students while supporting local school district's finances” (Long, 1). History has shown us where we have become as students have shown negative attitudes toward the food and because of it have turned to snacks and junks that subsidize them for the time being. This is an important matter that has to be treated so previous years do not repeat. Instead, there need to be immediate implications or improvements to the food provided by schools.
Much of the world struggles to barely get enough nutrients to maintain their health. The North Korean government puts its population at higher risks for diseases that are easily treatable with nutrients from food. It’s simple. Malnutrition suppresses the functions of one’s immune system. While the ordinary population suffers with food shortage, the ones in power are most likely eating whatever they want whenever they want.
As the districts face extreme poverty they participate in the games, which are a source of mere entertainment for the people of the Capitol. The more number of times a name is entered in the draw, the greater the share of food and stock the respective individual gets. Poverty stricken, the children from ages 12 to 18 put their names forty to fifty times to save their families from starvation. It is to be noticed, however, that this practice increased the probability of selection for the Games, thus making the whole procedure risky as well as histrionic. The three books- The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009) and Mockingjay (2010) make up the trilogy.
Nicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer prizewinning books and “Prudence or Cruelty” was feature in the New York Times in 2013. In “Prudence or Cruelty” it discuss the potential of ridding our society of food stamps to help boost our economy. Children everyday wonder when, not what, their next meal will be. As sad as it sounds, but “5 percent of American households have very low food security” (Kristof 172). This basically means the household can run out of food whenever, and this usually leads to a parent not eating to make sure their kids have enough to eat.
Poverty raises crime and makes life harder for children. Currently there is a organization out their battling world hunger oxfam america is one of the best known groups for fighting poverty and hunger. If you want to help stop poverty I have a couple of suggestions that you can try. First is giving food there many places that have food drives, the more food donated the less families in poverty will have to feel overwhelmed with buying food. Say every meal was three dollars three dollars for three times in one day is nine nine dollars a day nine times seven is 63.
2.2 What are the causes of hunger? What are the causes of hunger is a fundamental question, with varied answers: Poverty is the principal cause of hunger, Harmful economic systems are the principal cause of poverty and hunger, Conflict as a cause of hunger and poverty, Climate change and Micronutrients. Moreover cases such as unemployment will certainly increase poverty in such a way that parents and child headed families will not be able to support and care for their families effectively. 2.3 Western Worldview on World Hunger: This world view originates from the non-Communist states of Europe and North America in contrast to the Eastern. Historical relating to or characteristic with mainly associated with a film, television drama, or novels.
This is a reason fast food companies often use subliminal advertising targeted at children. It is well known that poor eating habits in children transfer into later life; childhood obesity is one of the number one health challenges facing our young population. Consequently, a common issue that arises is often emotional and psychological, these children are often bullied by their peers and even their family. Furthermore, childhood obesity can also lead to life-threatening health conditions including diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even cancer. Today’s society provides easy access to calorie dense, fattening, foods and snacks.
In chapter 10 in Stuff and Starved they talked about about the the food system is benefiting you as a person by the corporates. The food system has contributed to so many diet- related disease and is even could be decreasing the life span of children in the recent generations. Food has been quite a change the joy people have with food is slowly disappearing. A reoccurring thing that is happens in the book is that even the food industry is bad there are people out their trying to fight against the food system. He discusses how the people get more involved for the food system than the government.
Food insecurity in the U.S. is a significant issue in today’s society. Many people are trying to help by creating various programs and initiatives, but they do not all live up to their purpose. Some do though, like the Children’s Healthy Pantry, a non-profit organization run by its founder, Susan Morin, which has taken a stand in the battle against hunger by providing healthy snacks for hundreds of children. What the problem is The Webster dictionary definition of food insecurity is “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable nutritious food” (Webster dictionary). This means that a person or family is stuck living in the uncertain periods of time between when they got their last meal and when the next one will come.
Tell me honestly, who do you think is to blame for child obesity. Is it the parents? Is it the bystanders? Maybe it’s it eater. Nobody will know for sure but until then, child obesity will still be one of the world’s biggest problem.
People within the United States of America lack the basic ability to access healthy, fresh food. This inability to acquire food reveals the necessity of social change within the country. Many groups that are strategically organized in order to create awareness and spark change strive to provide opportunities for everyone regarding food equality. Garrett M. Broad’s 2016 book More Than Just Food, published by the University of California Press, investigates the ways community led organizations drive systemic social change. They focus on groups that tackle the issues of “food deserts” within low income communities and explore the options for groups that wish to provide healthy options for everyone.
Obesity due to unhealthy food has been a long-lasting problem in America. Many people blame the government, and other blame the fast food companies directly. In the article “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins in Home” the author argues that parents are the ones who are really to blame. This is actually true because who better than parents to tell their children what to do? Parents are responsible for the obesity of their children because children listen mostly to their parents, and because it’s their obligation to take care of their children.