Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, which include soft drinks, fruit drinks, ice tea, energy and vitamin water drinks across the globe. Regular consumption of sugary sweetened beverages have been associated with weight gain, obesity and diabetes. The role of sugary sweetened beverages in the development of related chronic metabole diseases such as metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, has not been quantitatively reviewed .
Introduction Robert H. Lustig’s article “The toxic truth about sugar” centers around the author attempting to prove the truth in the title. The negative health effects of today’s sugar consumption can no longer be ignored he argues. It's time to act against sugar like we've acted against tobacco and alcohol. From the article the problem with sugar isn’t just weight gain. Authorities consider sugar as 'empty calories' — but there is nothing empty about these calories.
Snap! My can pops as I prepare myself for a glorious taste of bubbly sugar in a can. I had already drunk six cans of coke that day; with no clue my cholesterol was already 23 grams higher than the average 18 year old female. Sugar, as alcohol and tobacco, warrants some form of societal intervention argue Robert H. Lustig, Laura Schmidt and Claire Brindis, scientists in the Public Health Department at the University of California, in their article, The Toxic Truth about Sugar. These researchers are in belief that these sinful grains are the cause to the heightened obesity weight throughout the globe. However, the fact that sugar is now the “culprit” is yet another reason people choose not to blame themselves for their lack of inactivity and
Many people want to believe old age will kill them, but more than likely, the killer will come from what they put into their bodies. Every day, people are faced with affecting their own health. To do so, one must be conscious of what their temple receives; this means people must watch what they eat. People must look at the ingredients contained in everyday foods, what those ingredients cause to happen in the body, and the effects the ingredients have on the body, like the ingredient high fructose corn syrup. The amounts of overconsumed and unhealthy contents of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) need to be replaced by natural sugars.
Most kids today drink sugary drinks when they get home or when go out to eat. Grocery stores sell soda and sugary drinks throughout the business (Leaf Group Ltd). Someone could be getting their groceries, and they would be able to get them with all of the other food or where they check out. “Researchers tracking 6,900 fifth-graders from public schools in 40 states through the eighth grade found that 85% of eighth graders reported drinking a sugared beverage at least once a week (about 30% said they drank them every day), regardless of whether their schools banned them or not.”(Alice Park). Most kids drink pop daily so it should not stop them from drinking it at school. “Students have many ways of accessing sugared drinks outside of the school lunch program, including vending machines, school stores and cafeteria a la carte offerings that students pay for themselves rather than with lunch vouchers.” (Alice Park).
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.
That is why many propose regulating the purchases of carbonated drinks pact with sugar, or more commonly known as soda. One can of soda contains about 2.5 tablespoons of sugar, and on average, 9% of the daily calories consumed per person is from soda. Due to the high numbers of obesity in America, soda’s and other drinks high in sugar, should be regulated. Obesity can lead to many health problems. Some issues that can potentially occur because of what the person is eating include diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, body pains, and potential death (in fact, one article in The New York Times claimed sugar, more particularly soda, to “might just be the biggest killers via preventable disease in the country”
Dr. Lustig’s main focus throughout the presentation was the effects of fructose on the epidemic of obesity. He explains how we as a society place so much stress on fat intake and calories in versus calories out that we tend to neglect what is actually in our food. With much research, it has been determined that fructose does, in turn have an effect on the obesity epidemic. Throughout the lecture, many examples from this research show our biochemical response to our modern diets and are used to explain Dr. Lustig’s point of fructose poisoning.
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Often, the effects of obesity on children is brought up, providing information such as the future health risks obese children are more susceptible to, mental and social problems that are more likely to occur, and details about on how food advertising companies target children. The section under the subtitle “Health Consequences”, lists a majority of the diseases, cancers, and other detrimental issues that coincide with being overweight or obese. This entire section supports the authors’ purpose, using the health issues and statistics about increased death rates to once again instigate fear and anxiety, and also maintain the idea that being overweight or obese is an urgent, adverse
Often times, schools offer foods that are high in sugar, fats and calories, because they are higher in demand and would satisfy the public youth. In addition to that, these junk foods are much more accessible and cheaper than healthier foods. These foods that are high in sugar and fats don’t provide students with the proper nutrients needed for proper brain development and encourages students to eat unhealthy foods, making school a breeding ground for obesity. Children that spend almost half or more of their day at school need to be provided with a healthier lunch that meets their basic dietary needs. Obesity is a problem that stems even from school itself, a place where students are supposed to feel encouraged to learn, make positive life decisions and staying active.
Added Sugar Article Reflection In the article from USA Today “Eating too much added sugar may be killing you,” Nanci Hellmich reports that people who consume too much added sugar are at higher risk of death from heart disease than normal people. Hellmich says that too much added sugar affects your body in negative ways and leads to heart disease and death. She supports her claim by stating how many calories from added sugar the American Heart Association recommends getting from added sugars each day, then reveals how many calories from added sugar one regular soda contains, then shows many different statistics about people consuming lots of added sugar having higher-than-normal death rates from heart disease.
High Fructose Corn Syrup and Obesity If you could blame one thing for obesity, what would it be? Some scientists argue that it is high fructose corn syrup or H.F.C.S. Others disagree. Scientist has been having debates about the reason of the obesity epidemic.
Artificial Sweeteners Artificial sweeteners have caused more confusion than just about any other food. Are they OK to eat? Do they cause cancer? For every study showing a link to cancer, there is another one showing a lack of clear evidence.
Some studies support that children aged 6 – 12 years old can be positively affected from obesity prevention programs at school. However, environmental factors like economic, physical, political and sociocultural may influence negatively the results of the preventing programs. Obesity however, could be related with cultural environmental factors. For example, Mexican children consume increased amounts of sweetened beverages and decreased amounts of natural and healthy foods. In western societies children most of the time are watching TV and they are traveling by car, which means that they are performing less physical