Childhood Obesity in America

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Chris Watkins
4-5-10
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 Americanheart.org. 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 easy cheap way. Petrini is trying to show people in this article that a good old fashioned, slow cooked meal is good, and is better than a fast food meal at McDonalds.

Jane Roloff has multiple journalism degrees, and served as managing editor of American Chemical Society. Roloff was also on staff for Energy Research papers, as a writer and corresponded. The third and final article that was chosen was “Inflammatory Fat: Unraveling the Injurious Biology of Obesity.” Raloff discusses how America is gotten bigger and bigger every year. Raloff also goes onto talk about how “in the US residents a large number of people under 60 years of age have disabilities linked to extra pounds” (Roloff 204). Raloff showed that there is a chance that there could be a chance that inflammatory diseases that are caused by obesity can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs.

None of the particular articles exactly discuss childhood obesity, but they can still relate because they all talk about food or obesity. The first article “Food Product Design” talks about how different companies use better tasting ingredients to make people like, and buy more of their food. One example is McDonalds, in 1990 McDonalds changed to vegetable oil to cook there fries in, because they were receiving a lot of criticism for the amount of cholesterol in their fries. Another example is how Schlosser talks about the flavors of childhood foods seem to leave an indelible mark, and adults often return to them, without always knowing” (Schlosser 158). That quote alone shows how what you eat as a kid influences what you end up liking to eat as an adult. Another quote that backs up the thesis is that “Childhood memories of Happy Meals can translate into frequent adult visits to McDonalds, like those of the chains, (heavy users), the customers who eat their four or five times a week” (Schlosser 158). This last quote can back up the thesis stated earlier, because it shows how people...
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