Obesity is Everywhere we Turn To

“More die in the United States of too much food than of too little” 
― John Kenneth Galbraith

By: Gladys Andrea Gomez

“American Culture”

Our kids are the ones that suffer the most when it comes to food. All they want is what they believe is “healthy”. McDonalds for example serves happy meals with a hamburger or nuggets that have more calories than a banana, but the good part is the sides that kids get to choose! They get to either get apple slices or fries! Isn’t that great! Kids get to choose between a fruit or fries…

Obesity and Overweight are two different concepts, yet they are so similar. We hear the words , “it is their choice to be the way they are”, “they do not know how to care for their bodies” or “they are lazy and cannot cook for themselves”.The truth is, there is nothing we can do when we cannot afford to buy healthy food that will allow us to live a better lifestyle. We live in a place where not everyone is privileged enough to have enough money to feed their kids other than fast food restaurants. We live in a place where obesity is very common between the young ones.

Healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food

Do we ever stop criticizing and realize that there is nothing they can actually do about it? Grocery stores sell their veggies at a really high price making it extremely difficult for those that do no make sufficient money hard to acquire. On the other hand, there are more cheaper options that we can afford and we can easily obtain. The government made it possible for us to live in a very ‘toxic’ environment, for all most of the American people can afford is fast food restaurants we see in each corner. The American government imposes high taxes on grocery products such as vegetables, and other goods, but the government does not impose high taxes on fast food restaurants.

A healthy diet cost approximately $1.50 more. This may not seem like a lot of money, but if you have a big family and do not make a lot of money this may seem like a fortune. The unhealthy foods do not cost as much money, because they do not cost a lot to produce and because they are made out of cheap processed materials. These cheap processed foods lead to unhealthy choices that lead to many unnecessary health problems that follow you for the rest of your life.

We are not thinking of out lives nor those that we love. For example, a four year old Samantha Stevens, suffers from a common disease — obesity. Her mother states how she is addicted to carbohydrates, and is the biggest person in her kindergarten class. Samantha only likes to eat fatty foods such as: chocolate, cake, ice cream, bread, etc. These are typical foods within children, but is it okay for their diet to only consist of these foods? This does not seem like a bad thing, because nowadays it is hard to distinguish between a ‘normal’ or an ‘overweight’ kid.

“We don’t understand what a normal child looks like anymore,”

Kids do not go out and play, all they want to do is sit in front of the TV and eat. It is the parents who are the ones that should be looking out for their children, making sure that they are eating healthy and not eating food that may lead to future health problems. There are serious health risks that people do not take into consideration when they think of obesity. One third of the children nowadays are obese and the numbers are not going down, but they are increasing. It seems difficult to try to maintain these numbers down because of so many cheap food that is available to us.

What is the best way to end this epidemic?

The answer is obvious … eating healthy, being active and over all watching what we eat. It is okay to be able to eat junk food once in a while, but it should not be a thing that we eat on the daily. We should be able to control the type of food we eat and help other do the same. Our children are our future and we should not let them destroy their live by eating unhealthy food that may damage their organs or disable them at a young age.

Finding a way to be healthy should be one of our main goals. We do not deserve to be fooled by the cheaper foods, for they turn out to be expensive in the long run. We have to waste more money on going to doctors and getting checked up, because we have high sugar pressure, diabetes or worse. Obesity is not a joke, it is a reality that is happening more and more in our time.