October 21, 2018
Why don’t we do something?
America has an epidemic, this epidemic involves Americans’ love for greasy and oily food, these fast food businesses are taking advantage of Americans desire for greasy and oily foods by offering it everywhere. Fast food as well as certain snacks are packed with a bunch of calories and they aren’t good calories, the calories you will find in a McDonalds Cheeseburger consist of fat oil and grease. A week ago I read an article that was titles “Why are we so fat?”, it gave me a bunch of reasons as to why Americans have gained so much weight in the article I read it stated that the America had experienced a 10% increase in weight gain in only 2 years. After finishing the article I had my own question that I created, “If “fast food” is so unhealthy for people to consume, and the Food and Drug Administration as well as the C.D.C can’t do anything, who can? Most people think because the F.D.A and the C.D.C they must be able to govern what these food companies can do. These government agencies can make sure your food is being processed in a clean environment and make sure your food isn’t being laced with poison, but they can’t govern how much fat and corn syrup they use in their products. If we can find an answer to this question we can start making an effort towards Americas 10% weight gain in a short two-year time span.
The number one person that can do something about Americas problem is the consumer, and by consumer I mostly mean parents who buy these foods for their children to eat. Parents buy these foods for their kids to eat and don’t worry about what is in it because they are assuming its good okay to eat. If paresnts could see the nutrition labels better they probably would give what they grabbed off the shelf a second thought. The consumer and especially angry parents can make a huge impact on how something is made and how it will affect a persons health. If it means the business is losing money the company will most likely make changes to its recipe, while also trying to stay within a families budget.
Another person or rather group of people that can really make a difference is teachers. Teachers can have a huge impact on how a student behaves in and out of school. I read in the Why are we so fat article that teachers hold over weight students to a lower expectation that the not over weight students, why do teachers do this? Holding over weight students to a lower standard than the other students doesn’t seem like a good plan if you ask me. Yes, it would make the student feel better about his academic progress but then it would also make the overweight child be harassed outside of class for the teacher treating him differently. Moving away from that, it would make a world of difference if schools made it a requirement to take physical fitness classes as well as health and wellness classes. This would have a positive impact on young kids as well as adults. Why would this have an impact on adults as well as kids? Well, kids tend to act like they know everything so if their parent or parents were to buy something very unhealthy to eat, then the child would voice his or her opinion on how unhealthy that particular food is to eat and may change the way the adult goes about purchasing food in the future. Schools could also take their vending machines out of their schools that provide unhealthy snacks and drinks, schools should replace soda vending machines with water and tea machines for a healthier alternative. This would be mildly effective, this wouldn’t work on some families and at some schools that have a low budget and must stay on budget.
The biggest and most powerful perosns than can influence how healthy our food is, is nonother than congress them self. Congress can make regulation requiring fast food companies to make a product that doesn’t effect an individuals’ health. Congress only has heavy regulations on how our meat is processed and has made the U.S.D.A check meat processing plants regularly if our meat is being processed in a sanitary environment. The government doesn’t have anyone checking in on how our snacks are processed on a regular basis but much like the meat industry they are checked on regularly for cleanliness. Congress does have some regulations on how our snacks are processed, such as they can’t put anything poisonous or anything that might cause cancer. Congress also requires all food companies put nutritional facts on the back of their products along with the list of ingredients. The F.D.A has made a new regulation for the nutrition sticker, all companies must use a bigger font and make the amount of calories as well as the serving size the biggest text on the nutrition sticker.
Finally, at the end of the day the American people are the biggest and most powerful group that can make a difference in our food manufacturing. If the American people wanted something to be changed I think there would have already been a riot about this issue. I see on facebook people sometimes post pictures of how a bottle of soda is less expensive than a water bottle of the same size. But in reality if they were to look around in the store for a one liter water bottle it would be cheaper than a one liter soda. To answer my question, “If “fast food” is so unhealthy for people to consume, and the Food and Drug Administration as well as the C.D.C can’t do anything, who can? The answer is you, the teachers, the parents, the school administrators, tou are the almighty powerful and you can change the way we eat for the better.
Kolbert, Elizabeth. “XXXL.” The New Yorker, The New Yorker, 18 June 2017, www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/07/20/xxxl.