Wednesday, February 24, 2016


            
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The obesity rate in this country has been steadily increasing throughout the past decades due to the lack of self-confidence, inactive life styles and the environment.  Obesity has become one of the highest health concerns in today’s society, with the risks of life-threatening diseases such as stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes as well as many others.  With this being a rising epidemic, this society needs solutions such as government assistance with financial issues and the prices of food, a change in the media and how the world views the “average weight,” but also a change in the way and how much they eat at one sitting.
            With new technology coming out everyday it has been an uphill battle due to how easier life is becoming with these new devices.  Factors that have also contributed to the rise in obesity include increasingly larger food portion sizes, local community design and work schedules. There are plenty of ways this society can turn around their inactive lifestyle such as riding a bike to work, getting up from the couch and watching TV and doing something more efficient and equally as fun such as hiking, skiing or simply taking a stroll around your neighborhood.
            The United States has steadily increased the idea of portion size, becoming much larger than what should be considered the healthy amount.  Children with poorer appetite regulation may be more vulnerable to obesogenic dietary environments offering large food portions than other children. With this being said, there has been many experiments that have concluded that if children are brought up with a learned oversized portion size they will be more in risk for obesity later in life, if not sooner.  It is not unusual to get served an over flowing plate of food at a fast food restaurant and this idea needs to end!
            Many Americans do not have the financial stability to go to the grocery store and buy nutritious foods such as vegetables, whole grains and the rest of the five necessary food groups, so naturally they lean towards buying harmful cheaper food.  These problem can be solved with government assistance, why should fruits and vegetables be more expensive than a quarter ponder huge McDonalds burger?  The government could help by restricting the profit being made on nutritious foods to make them more affordable.

            Overall while the rise in obesity continues to be one of the most harmful health issues in today’s society, it can be prevented.  Obesity leads to serious life-threating risks so it is important to make a change. 

Stephanie Aboody

8 comments:

  1. I definitely think that there is a problem with rising obesity levels, as obesity shortens life expectancy, and reduces the quality of life. People definitely do rely more on fast foods as meal replacements due to the cheaper costs. However, I believe that with the increasing costs of fast food prices nowadays, people can definitely go to grocery stores and using the money provided through government assistance, buy fruits and vegetables to create a hearty meal.

    Yustina Kang (Group 2)

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  2. I agree with the fact that obesity is a continuing problem in the United States. Grocery stores healthy choices are definitely priced higher than junk food. If people chose to make diet changes, there are certain ways to eat healthy and not break the bank. Also, exercise is free and can help combat diet choices. Another point, people are born with genetic predispositions, like thyroid conditions, that make it nearly impossible to shed the weight. Overall, I agree with your point that most of the obese population makes poor choices that yields unhealthy results. Hopefully with better education about nutrition and ways to eat healthy on a budget, the issue will start to resolve.

    Cara Murphy (3)

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    1. Hi Cara,
      I actually didn't write as much on your idea of education of nutrition as I should have! That is a great point that should definitely be more prominent in todays society and in our school system. If children and people were more aware and brought up with the idea of being healthy it would be a lot easier to have obesity levels decrease.
      Stephanie Aboody

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  3. Obesity is definitely an alarming problem that the United States is facing. I think if you were to ask an average American about general portion sizes their perception of them would be way off, I would think this because our society is accustomed to think bigger is better and when you get more you are getting your moneys worth. I think that it would be important to show people that eating healthy and what a healthy daily portion of a food group is. I think it would be a good idea to teach people about this and make them be aware of what the are consuming, this way they can be educated consumers. I would be interested to see a side by side of the prices of a typical "unhealthy" meal and a typical "healthy" meal and see how they match up.

    -Emily Mueller (Group 2)

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    1. Hi Emily,
      Portion size is a huge problem in today's society. The amount of food that is put in front of you at restaurants per dish has drastically changed over the past decade alone. It is very important to be eating healthy but to maintain a healthy diet we need to also watch the amount of food we eat per meal as well.

      Stephanie Aboody

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  4. Obesity is a problem that can have serious effects on health. With education, changing life style and exercise, it can be controlled. Everyone should be able to afford buying fruit and vegetables and eat healthy food.

    Mohammed Saleh

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    1. Hi Mohammed,
      You are definitely right that everyone should be able to afford buying fruit, vegetables and more healthy foods at a lower cost. This is very unfair and is something that needs to be readjusted in todays society.
      Stephanie Aboody

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  5. Obesity is the result of many overlapping factors, such as the eating habits introduced and learned at an early age as this blog discusses, as well as a socioeconomic standing and the price of food based on health value. hopefully there will be a way to produce healthy food for a cheaper price into grocery stores so money will not have to be a deciding factor in whether or not a child can have a healthy meal and earlier developed healthy habits.

    Erina Taradai (group 3)

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