In the article Economic Inequality, Food Insecurity, and Erosion of Equality of Capabilities in the United States it states that "Because of increasing economic inequality in the united states, growing segments the U.S. economy have become more food insecure and obese, eating unhealthy food for survival." (Elmes 2) There's no doubt that healthy food is more expensive than processed foods so often times there are no fresh healthy foods in areas of high poverty. Elmes later states "a growing number of low-income people and their families in the united states face unequal access to healthy, affordable food." (Elmes 4) Elmes later says "access to nutritious food in the united states is treated not as a right but a privilege for those with sufficient purchasing power to buy good food."
Should the government standardize our diets? More than one billion dollars of food is squandered every year. Many people may like veggies, but at school or fast food places they may taste like garbage or have absolutely no nutritional value for example, iceberg lettuce used as the greens in a salad instead of spinach or romaine lettuce. Eating habits are and shall remain as a personal problem. In addition, many families are not as fortunate and cannot afford to eat healthy.
While having access to fresh foods such as a grocery store or a farmers market has shown to lower obesity rates. Studies done by The Harvard school of Public health (4) asserts that our surroundings impact what we eat. Not having access to healthy foods, can corrode healthy lifestyles and promote obesity in areas affected the most by a food desert. Many times in these food deserts, fast food options are plentiful, convenient and cheap. People living in food deserts often see more advertising for junk food, or fast food, where in non-food desert areas you’ll see more advertising for a farmers market, or sales on produce at local grocery stores.
Have you ever wondered why, when you order a salad at the drive- thru, it cost more than a burger with fries? , and have you ever wondered why some kids don’t play outside anymore? Childhood obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, but seeing and understanding the problem is the issue. Childhood obesity is due to the pricing that is on healthy foods, poor dieting in children, and the lack of physical activities. It turns out that the road through our stomachs may run through our wallets. The prices on healthy foods such as chicken, lean beef, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are quite high.
Have you ever wondered why school lunches taste so bad? Or have you ever wondered why you never feel fully satisfied after eating the school lunch? The Government should not have control over school lunches and the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act should be abolished because Banned food in the U.S. are staples for other countries and they have lower obesity rates, The amount of waste from schools is atrocious and lastly, Students now get smaller portions and are unfocused thanks to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. The food schools ban children from eating in the United States ,are actually staples in many others countries diets and those countries have lower obesity rates.
“Fed Up” is an eye-opening movie that tells you about the sins of the food industry and that almost everything you know about food and exercise is wrong. First of all, there’s a mantra that is being repeated to obese and fat people that doesn’t actually work. The mantra is “Eat Less, Exercise More.” This phrase doesn’t always work for most people because not only do you need to exercise, you need to actually watch what you put into your body. If I used to eat like 14 bags of chips per day, and then cut it off to 5 bags of chips and a Coca Cola, I doubt that I’d actually lose weight or become healthier.
The term “food desert” was first used in the later twentieth century by a resident of Scotland who was attempting “to capture the experience of what it was like to live in a deprived neighborhood where food was expensive and relatively unavailable” (Cummins and MacIntyre 2002: 2,115). In Baltimore, the food desert is a low-income neighborhood that lacks food retail outlets, may serve to explain the higher prevalence of diet-related disease among low-income individuals (Braveman et al. 2010). In addition, ease of access affects dietary quality: food stamp recipients who reside near supermarkets exhibit higher levels of fruit and vegetable consumption (Rose and Richards 2004). The issue of food deserts is a multifaceted issue, involving many disciplines and at the same time,
hamburger and fries are everyones best friend. salads, veggies, and fruits will not satisfy a persons craving, or hunger. no one seems to realize the effects and harmfull diseases that get pilled up in our body from fast food products. causing kids and even adults to have diabetes, and obesity. busy and fully scheduled parents take advantage of the convienent hours and proces fat food restraints have to offer.
These calorie bombs are consumed by millions of Americans everyday because it’s quick, cheap and easy. (Wright and Aronne 1) Americans are also not getting enough physical activity to burn off the excess calories they are consuming. In Wright and Aronne’s article it quotes doctors from Cornell Medical College saying, “There is less access to physical activity (fewer sidewalks), less physical education in schools, and more time is spent on sedentary behaviors such as television watching, surfing the internet, and playing video games.” Wright and Arrone also estimated in 2005 that less than half of US adults engaged in recommended levels of physical activity (Wright and Arrone 2). Social factors also contribute to obesity.
The public education system neglects to te4aech children about healthier food options like natural foods or vegetables (Oliver 2010). Children and adults do not know about healthier food options because of the public educations system’s lack of an exhaustive food education. As a result, many people do not eat healthier. Also, according to the USDA, variety of food in your diet leads to a healthier, happier life.
Mark Bittman a columnist for the New York Times and author of “Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables” “July 23, 2011”, argues that people should open their eyes and fight to decrease obesity by going against the processed foods industries that make the bad foods. Bittman supports this thesis by saying how the food industry is incapable of marketing healthier foods, that instead of subsidizing production of unhealthy foods they should be taxed and make healthy food more affordable and available, then he goes on by saying how much money can be saved by taxing per ounce of sugar in sweetened beverages by one penny lastly Bittman claims how our society is profiting off of foods that make us sick and obese and how America could make a program
Food production has become a problem in america because food companies selling fast food to america and its unhealthy for us. America should also be aware that marketing fast food and snacks that's is unhealthy to children will lead to obesity. Kids need to stop eating fast food because they are getting desicise with they are too young to get. Children are getting sick from the product from eating unhealthy snacks and fast food because the food companies are putting unhealthy things in product. The problem with this because we are eating animals that we should never eat.