Childhood Obesity in America

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Chris Watkins
Eng 101
Mr. Johnson
Childhood Obesity in America
There are more children overweight now than ever before. The reasons for this are that parents are do not care what their children eat, their portions are too big, or children are just too lazy. There are statistics to back this up. Statistics show that 30.7 % of Caucasian children, 30% of African American Children, and 37.9 % of Mexican American children are overweight “(Overweight)”. Those statistics are just for children in America if we included stats from other parts of the world it would be worse. The source of these statistics is an article called “Overweight in Children,” which was found on A couple of articles that will be used to back up the thesis will be coming from the Mercury Reader. To give a small bio on the author of this article, this is about Eric Schlosser. Eric Schlosser was born in Manhattan, New York in 1960; Schlosser went on to attend Princeton and Oxford University. Schlosser began his journalism career at the Atlantic Monthly where he is still a correspondent today. Schlosser’s “Food Product Design” is about the way different food companies use different types of ingredients to make their food taste better. Eric Schlosser also talks about how a person’s taste and smell preference is determined with in the first few years of his life. The last section of the article discusses how The Vegetarian Legal Action Network (TVLAN) demanded that the FDA put labels on foods the conation natural ingredients. . To give a background of the next author, his name is Carlo Petrini; he was born in Cuneo, Italy in 1949. Petrini studied sociology in Trento, Italy, and is one of the biggest people in the campaign for slow cooked food, he is also the editor of Slow Food Nation. The second article is Petrini’s “Excerpt from Slow Food: The Case for Taste”. Petrini’s article discuses how we as people have sold out to society’s way of producing food the...
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