Why don’t we do something?

Ryan DeLuca

Professor Drown

English 122

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.

 

 

Works Cited

Kolbert, Elizabeth. “XXXL.” The New Yorker, The New Yorker, 18 June 2017,                  www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/07/20/xxxl.

Anwering my quetion 2.0

Ryan DeLuca

October 21, 2018

Answering my question.

 

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. For class I read an article about why Americans are so fat, it gave me a bunch of reasons as to why Americans have gained so much weight in such a short time span but, once I finished reading the article I came up with my own question to try and answer,   “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? If we can find an answer to this question we can start making an effort towards Americas 33.3% 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. 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 there 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.

Anwering my Question

Ryan DeLuca

October 21, 2018

Answering my question.

Note: I had a hard time answering my question, my question is complex and will take sometime to asnwer.

Now we will start working towards answering the question I had asked in the last paragraph which was, “If “fast food” is so unhealthy for people to consume, why doesn’t the Food and Drug Administration as well as the C.D.C intervein, and come up with national nutritional standards for fast food and other food companies to follow?”. How do we go about answering a question this complex? First of all, we should start by asking other questions to help work towards answering the main question. Let us start by asking this question, It is legal for the C.D.C and the Food and Drug Administration to make nutritional standards for food companies to follow isn’t it? The answer to this question isn’t apparent, the Food and Drug Administration can regulate the nutritional labels of the food we eat but doesn’t take any action in regulating what is in our food.

The food and Drug Administration seems to want to bring this issue to the media but doesn’t seem to want to take any action against the food companies. While I was answering the previous question, this question popped into my head, What can we do to get the Food and Drug Administration to start monitoring what these food companies are putting in our food? There are many action we as a community can take to make sure something gets done about how our food is being processed. For one, we can boycott the food companies that are heavily processing there food and force them to change. Or we could also bring this issue directly the Food and Drug Administration, so they know we want something to be done about how our food is being processed. The Food and Drug Administration can regulate how processed food is processed, so that leaded to me another question. Why doesn’t the F.D.A do something about how our food is made rather than complain about it?

Congress only has heavy regulations on how our meet is processed and has made the U.S.D.A check to see if our meat is being healthily processed. The government doesn’t have anyone checking in on how our snacks are processed on a regular basis like the meat industry, congress only has a few regulations on our snack processing, the factories need to be sanitary as well as requiring food companies to put nutritional facts on the back of their products along with the list of ingredients.

Writing to a Question

Ryan DeLuca

October 18, 2018

Dr. Drown

Why are we so fat?

 

While I read the article “Why are we so fat” by Elizabeth Kolbert I found a few areas in the article the I thought were surprising as well as hard to accept. The first point in the article I thought was surprising was at the beginning of the article when Kolbert was talking about the statistics of weight gain in America. A woman named Katherine Flegal from the C.D.C had started a National Health study that took place in the early nineteen sixties. She had found 24.3% of the American adult population are overweight. Another study put out in the seventies by Flegal had revealed that 25.4% of Adult Americans are overweight, by the eighties the percentage of overweight adults in America had sky rocketed from 25.4% in the seventies to 33.3% in the eighties.

The amount of weight Adult Americans had gained in a short span of 2 years just blows my mind. In two years the percentage of overweight adults went from 24.3% to 33.3%, that is almost a 10% increase in such a short period of time. America has a food addiction, we have food networks that show us how to make our “favorite desserts” or our “favorite finger foods”. The media isn’t helping with this overweight issue we are having in the America, the media is showing us how to become fatter. As well as fast food joints stuffing there food with as much addictive salts and oils as possible to get their customers “addicted” to their product.

Another spot in the article that made me have to read twice was when Kolbert said the weight of children aged six to eleven had doubled and the number is overweight adolescents ages twelve to nineteen had “more than tripled”. When she said the weight of teenagers had “more than tripled” that shocked me, it actually made me sit back look up and say “WOW”. Statistics are crazy at telling the truth, not everyone believes statistics all the time. I am a skeptic of statistic ever since the C.D.C had tried to predict my weight last year for my physical, the C.D.C had tried to predict my weight and said that I should have weighed 230lb at the time of my physical when I weight was 167lb.

When the paragraph started talking about hospitals and how they had to purchase heavier duty equipment just to accommodate for Americas weight problem. Companies also had to expand doorways (which I find funny) and increase the size of revolving doors so the obese could fit through the doors comfortably. Not only do companies have to expand their doors ways to fit the obese, the airlines are also less fuel-efficient from the amount of extra weight Americans are carrying around, obese American cost airlines a quarter of a billion dollars annually in jet fuel. I thought this was interesting, but I wasn’t surprised that the government changed building code to accommodate the obese after all we live in a country where we treat everyone as equal even if it costs more money to accommodate. What I didn’t know was the obese cost airlines a quarter of a billion annually, that is something to grapple with, not only do obese Americans force companies to accommodate their extra width they cost airlines millions because of their extra baggage.

When this assignment popped up on my professors website with four options for articles to read, the “Why are we so fat?” article instantly caught my attention. This was a question that I’ve been asking for a while but never really had to enthusiasm to dig to find the answer to the question, “Why are we so fat?”. But whenever weight in America would pop up on the news I would always think of why Americans are so fat, some of the reasons I thought about were stated in this article. Such as, how the fast food industry holds a lot of the blame for Americas 10% weight increase in only 2 years. Another reason that was stated in this article mentioned how it made financial sense to gain weight, for the main reason of, fast food is inexpensive so its friendly in the wallet but comes at a cost even though its’ not costing you money. It was very interesting to read about how society has changed in such a short amount of time, it’s also very interesting to read about how Americas weight gain is affecting their health. If there is one question I would ask, it would be, If “fast food” is so unhealthy for people to consume, why doesn’t the Food and Drug Administration as well as the C.D.C intervein, and come up with national nutritional standards for fast food and other food companies to follow? This would make the most sense and would ultimately cost less in the longer term, America would have less people with obesity as well as less people with diabetes who are costing companies, especially airlines, millions of dollars a year.

Pg. 57-58 Pratice sesstion 3

Ryan DeLuca

October 12th, 2018

Prompt

 

People who can write articles about a big question and go on for hours, have to be patinate about answering that question. I don’t think you could just be handed a question and try and dig into it with a lot of detail, at least for me any way I wouldn’t be able to be given a question and try and search for the answer. The articles and podcasts we have been working with the past few weeks in class, those were made from a question that the author most likely stumbled apon when he or she was thinking about a particular topic, or the author could have been walking or driving by something that made he/she ask the question that sparked the fire in their eyes to go out and find the answer to the question they just asked them self. What leads these writers to the other questions they ask in their articles is the answers to the other questions. I don’t know about you but every time I ask a question and find the answer that leads me to ask another question, and another question and so on until you have found the answer to the original question. It’s like buying a truck, you find a truck that looks nice on the outside not now you start to ask your-self questions, like is the frame in good condition, then that will leaded you to ask a question about the rocker panels, then you start to ask questions about the drivetrain, and you keep asking questions until you finally answer the grand question, in this case it would be, “Should I buy this truck?”.

The human race is weird, we are all in the same boat but some people can just be real assholes about it. Not everyone is an asshole, some of us actually carry emotion around unlike some people. Over the course of evolution, the human-race has developed emotions that allow us to feel good about ourselves after we take time out of our day to help someone who needs help. This emotion is in everyone single human being, but not everyone uses this emotion, why? I think not everyone uses this emotion because of their up bringing. If they parents taught their child to help those in need then the child will have life-long passion for helping people. If the child was brought up in a privileged house hold where everything was given to him or her then the child will lack the emotion to help those in need because the child has had an easy child hood. Having the ability to see someone who may need help and going out of your way to help them isn’t necessarily all about the upbringing. The child could be brought up in a privileged house hold but the mother might be nurse or caretaker and that may transfer over to the child. Quite frequently I see someone hold the door for someone and then the person that got the door help open for them does the same for the person behind them and the cycle just keeps going until it runs into a miserable person who might be having a bad day.

I think there might be “Secret to success” I think the secret to success would be coming up with an innovative idea during the time that the innovative idea would be helpful to millions of people. The “Secret to Success” is timing. Just think about it, Bill Gates created a billion dollar tech company, Tesla built the first good-looking, long range, and fastest production electric car in the world that no other company has been able to duplicate with the same amount of success. Ford Created an off-road based truck and no other truck manufacturer has come close to beating Fords off-road truck in performance and styling.

Questions I would like to read about are, why does the media feel the need to blow topics out of proportion? There could be a beagle recall and they would call it the beagle epidemic. Another question would be, Why, does apple slow their products down after the new one come out? This doesn’t seem like a smart move, if my phone gets slow after one year of owning it, I’m not getting a phone from that company again.

Habits of a Creative Mind Pg. 57 Prompt

Ryan DeLuca

October 12, 2018

Prompt

 

While I was listening to the “Secrets of Success” on Radio Lab I noticed that Krulwich moved the Disscution into a straight line after he asked started talking about why what month you were born matters in your success. If you were born in a later month such as the last three months of the year, then you were less likely to be successful, but if you were born in the first three months of the year you were more likely to be successful. This is because the kids that were born first got a head start when it comes to academics.

When the Disscution seemed to take a turn was when they brought up Bill Gates and how he was lucky rather than a genius. Bill Gates was born in a small birth group and he was the only one who was programming at the time and at the age he was, Bill Gates was 15 when he started Programming.

There was a point in the Disscution when there was some digression, when the digression happened was when Krulwich asked Gladwell if he was a “Genius hater or a Genius Disliker” after Malcom just got done talking about Bill Gates and his success as well as a mathematicians success. Continuing with digressions, there was multiple other digression such as when Krulwich and Gladwell went from talking about how a father and sons success differed to talking about how a man 5’2” was successful on the basketball team.

Towards the end of the podcast, I was convinced that what month you were born has a lot to do with your success. What Gladwell was saying made sense to me, when you are younger in your schooling class you are at a disadvantage because, you would not have had a head start on your academics as a child that was born earlier in the year.

Drawing Response

Ryan DeLuca

October 5, 2018

Response

On Wednesday Dr. Drown had us draw a picture that he got from the book, Habit of a Creative Mind. This picture was upside down and Dr. Drown wanted us to draw it upside side down in the hopes of us not being able to tell what we were drawing. It is hard to not name what you see in an image, when you see an image of a person it leaning on a table its hard to say that, this person is not leaning on a table because you already know it’s a table the person in the image is leaning on. As I was drawing I was able to tell what I was drawing, but I was trying to not to name what I was drawing. When I was drawing an arm I would try not to name the arm an arm I would try and use my imagination as to what I was writing, I would try and imagine what else it could have been, such as the arm could have been the start of a road, or the arm could have been the start of a chin.

How I would say I see everyday life is, I see everyday life in its immense beauty. Whenever I set foot outside I take a deep breath and look around to take in the beauty of the world. I live in the woods a little bit more than a mile from a busy road, at my house I can really take in the beauty of nature, the beauty of life. When I am sitting taking in the beauty of nature, that is when I am paying the most attention. When I am sitting outside, and I close my eyes, and listen to the birds chirping, leaves waving in the wind, and the squirrels jumping from tree to tree that is when I am being the most attentive to the world around me. While I am working is another example of when I am being very attentive. I work for a wedding venue, I am the grounds keeper, my job is very important, so I have to make sure when I am cutting the that grass that It looks good as well as make sure the flower beds look picture perfect. I also occasionally clean up after each event so that requires my attention as well so I don’t leave any crumbs lying around to attract flies.

 

Self Portrait in Attention

Ryan DeLuca

October 2, 2018

 

In class in Monday my professor told us to draw a picture of our face in correspondence to a read we had done in Habits Of a Creative Mind. My first thoughts while I was drawing my picture were, I’m probably going to be terrible at it, but I’ll give it my best shot. When the time was up and it was time to stop drawing a self-portrait I took a moment to look at it and see how I did, and I didn’t do as bad as I thought but I also didn’t do as good as I thought. What I got right when I was drawing my self-portrait. When I was examining my self-portrait I noticed that I had gotten my hair line fairly accurate as well as my head shape. What I got wrong on my self-portrait. After looking at It in depth I saw that I hadn’t quite gotten the eye right, it looked like an eye I would draw if someone had told me to quickly draw and eye. The nose is another facial detail that I didn’t do very well on, there isn’t much detail when it comes to a nose, I just couldn’t get the curve of the nose just right, and that too looked like something I would draw if someone was to ask me to quickly draw a nose. While I was doing this exercise my professor had obtained from our book, I was thinking what the purpose of this exercise was and it wasn’t until I had actually read the assigned reading that it became clear that is exercise was meant for us students to test our amount of attention.

Office hour Visit

Ryan DeLuca

September 28, 2018

Dr. Drown

Post meeting reflection

The feed-back I received during my meeting was good feed-back. There wasn’t anything that was said that wasn’t helpful, like everything in the world there is always room for improvement. When it comes to my writing process I have scored ok and good on some stuff but there was a couple of the subjects where I need to touch up on, such as writing for an audience, I would need to improve the way I write for an audience, I tend to write as if I they reader is going to know what I am talking about so sometimes I don’t feel the need to put in certain details. Also, sometimes I don’t add in some of the ideas and responses of the writers article I am writing about. I also don’t go into describing what the writer is trying to get across when I use a quote.

In my meeting my professor thought I was “ok” at using specific kinds of work in my writing that use the words of others. There was one that my professor thought I should work on, it was spotlighting. What spotlighting is, you work with an idea finish with that idea and then work with another idea. The second idea that my professor thought I did well on was effectively and responsibly embedding the words of other in my own work. What this means is adding in evidence from the article I have read to in order to get a point across.

Reading process is something that I am kind of in between okay and not yet conveying the skill. One thing that I don’t do all the time is make a connection between what I am reading to something else. Something else that I don’t do all the time or not at all is paying attention to how a writer is writing so I can learn some of the techniques that the writer is using as he or she is writing. While I am reading I underline and make a small comment, but I do not make a small summery of what I have underlined, that is something that I can easily work on. Moving to something else, I do not ask questions while I am reading all the time, when I am reading an article I sometimes do but not all the time, that is another thing I can easily improve I just need to remind myself to do that. If there is one thing I do when I am revising is I will completely revamp the entire paper if need be, when I write the initial first draft its usually very sloppy, so revision is very important.

My expectations about this meeting were met, it went exactly how I thought it was going to go, which was very well. Everything that was said in this meeting was very helpful and very informative. Feedback if very important in learning anything, if you don’t get feedback then how will you know for sure that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, also without feedback you won’t know what you need to work on so you can improve.