Over the past few decades a new epidemic has crossed the nation. This new epidemic is childhood obesity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, often referred to as the CDC, states that, “Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years” (Shields, 2015). The documentary entitled Fed Up by Stephanie Soechtig addresses this new epidemic. This life changing film examines factors that contribute to the childhood obesity epidemic and also how to prevent its spread. Three major points that this film discussed were the statistics behind obesity, the relationship between public health and the food industry, and it also discussed obesity prevention.
The fat acceptance movement is a social organization, which main goals are to challenge fat stereotypes, encourage acceptance at any size and alter the cultural biases of overweight people, but this movement has been demonstrating slight prosperity in its results and instead it is causing negative side effects in society. The fat acceptance movement is encouraging unhealthy lifestyle in individuals, placing body image ahead of health, which could lead to life threatening diseases and even psychological problems. Another negative effect the Fat Acceptance Movement causes is that it offends low weight beings by even encouraging
In the article, Daniel Weintraub argues that parents are to blame for kids being obese, not food companies. “Parents, not state government, are in the best position to fight the epidemic of overweight children in our schools.” I agree with this claim because he gives good evidence and facts. The article is well written and includes good supporting details which helps the author prove his point. Even though it may have some weak points and some things aren’t explained, it’s very convincing and credible. So, in this essay, I will explain the strong and weak points of the article, and how adults will react to his claim.
The intake on “cheap” daily food are slowly killing the human race. As social incomes decrease, obesity increase. Fat is no longer a rich man’s disease (Saletan). William Saletan the author of, “Please Do Not Feed the Humans: The Global Explosion of Fat” tells a vivid story of how the human race allowed themselves to fall into the hands of a pig. His arguments stayed strong next to him side by side. Saletan gives more than enough information on how, when, and what is happening worldwide about obesity. Although he does not give a solution, he still made an eye opening experience while reading this essay.
David Zinczenko, a nutrion and wellness editor of ABC news, portrayed a global problem to the public in a way that he could persuade them into agreeing with him that obesity is a problem that concerns all of humanity. He stated that obesity should not only concern the person suffering from it and the parents but all of humanity since it could happen to everyone. In fact, David Zinczenko himself suffered from obesity at an early age. Thankfully, he was able to turn his life around and use his situation in a way that he could help others not suffer what he did. Which is why he published the article, “Don’t Blame the Eater” in the opinion section of the New York Times and with that create knowledge of this
It is an essential part of life to eat in order to survive, but this does not mean people are eating the right for their bodies. In the recent years, there has been an huge outbreak of increase in obesity, type two diabetes, and heart diseases. Unfortunately, there has been really little progress in improving this problem. However, this can be prevented with excellent education and eating healthy. Schools need to make health classes mandatory and cafeterias need to serve freshly made food because it can help reduce obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in the future.
The anti-obesity position of this film is clear within the first few moments of the movie. There are many interviews from nutritionist on how the rate of death by obesity “may one day surpass the rate of death by smoking, if the obesity epidemic is not acknowledged. The documentary does not contain any information with support for obesity. As
In a western society that continuous to renounce communalism and embrace individualism, it is easily noticed that the problems faced by few are ignored by the many. This ignorance, intentional or not, is allowing communal problems to accelerate the pace. However, the issue at hand is one that affects you whether or not you are aware of it; if you are an American, or in any western society for that matter. It affects nearly twenty percent of the under eighteen population in the United States and costs taxpayers on average 14 billion dollars per year. As a Parent, it can tack $19,000 onto the total of raising each child. The issue is childhood obesity, and it is only accelerating as a percentage of children in both America and all western nations of the world. Childhood Obesity is an issue relevant to all who consider themselves part of American society and it has profound adverse effects economically, physically for those afflicted with the issue, and mentally for those who live an obese childhood or within the family unit of a household with at least one obese child. The scope of the issue is massive and the impact of the consequences dire in many accounts. There is hope to reverse course and change the way of American-western living, and it starts with understanding the size and
Child obesity is a growing problem that many are rapidly trying to correct. America, as well as some other countries, are searching for a solution to a growing obesity epidemic. Many believe if we can establish a healthy crop of young americans this problem can be solved. The problem is deciding how to fix this, but what won’t fix it is banning junk food from schools like some people suggest. There are multiple reasons why a ban on junk foods to any extent in public should not be implemented. Some of these reasons are that a ban could influence an opposite effect on the children, junk food is not the only food contributing to the obesity, and finally the only way to truly reach these children is through their homes. Obesity won’t change by looking at schools, keep the junk food as an option at all times to keep
I am interested in Andrew’s comment and I want mention also fatism that it is the concept that is really bothering many people in this world. Many people do not have the ability to lose weight or their complexion look like overweight. We do not know exactly who are really healthy and who are not based of fat people. According to “Contextualizing Fat Shame”: “The overall cultural discourse on the “obesity epidemic” supports their advertising campaign…. (They support) the aesthetic contempt for the fat body…” (p.15). In the case of the video, they do not show people who experiences difficulties time to find job according with their weight or the complexity and how other people observe people as overweight. It is the dominant discourse to be
The documentary Fed Up, released in 2014, was directed by Stephanie Soechtig and executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric (Fed). The film “Fed Up will change the way you eat forever” (Geary). In my opinion, a superior documentary film must present facts that are credible and accurate, display a compelling view of the topic, and educate the viewers. I believe Fed Up effectively shows the negative impact processed foods and added sugars have on childhood obesity by presenting credible and accurate facts, displaying a compelling view of the topic, and educating the viewers.
The author Dorothy Nixon in the article “Fat chance” the author informs how kids do not exercise enough leading to hearth diseases and diabetes. Children have too much technology now. Technology has become a great impact on children becoming obesity. It’s expensive to become healthy due to the fact that of sports fees are expensive; also their practice equipment. Children’s don’t go out and play anymore instead kids are inside for hours playing video games or watching television more than being outside exercising. The author Dorothy Nixon explain how parents, advertisements, companies, government are blame for children not being healthy and obese. Parents should take more action and be good role models by teaching their kids to eat right,
The main argument of the documentary called Fed Up by Stephanie Soechtig is that as time moves on more people are getting obese this is influenced by food commercials. As it explains in the documentary it is shown that as people eat less but exercise more is not working due to exercise is not the answer to obesity and the obesity epidemic has occurred because of the rise of processed food. As for sugar 80% of all food contains sugar in addition to the U.S.A promotes unhealthy foods like cheese to support U.S farmers instead of raising awareness, as for Michelle Obama she made a meaningless contract with the food industry. This also continues on to school lunches as for 80% of high schools contracted with soda companies as well as for junk
informs about schools and what they can do to make the school lunches healthier and
The documentary shows us the food industry has tricked consumers in thinking low fat and reduced fat foods are healthier for us. Through interviews with doctors the film explains when you remove the fat from food the taste also goes with it, and to keep flavor in the food companies add sugar. Fed Up shows us the effect sugar has the body by using clever comparisons. For example, 160 calories of almonds and 160 calories of a soft drink is compared in the film. Although they are the same number of calories our body processes the food differently, because in the soft drink there is no other nutritional value with the food. This causes our bodies to process the sugar much faster in the soft drink, causing our livers to turn the sugar into fat. Through the films use of clever animations illustrating our bodies as machines; the viewer can retain this