Help with Obesity in Low-income Families
English Comp II
Prof. Iris Chao
April 30, 2011
There are many factors that contribute to obesity in America today. Pop-culture, genetics, health issues and medications as well as self-esteem, cost of healthy foods today and the lack of affordable gym facilities especially for low-income families who seem to be the main focus point on this problem. Low-income families need more help with this fight on obesity. When most people see an over-weight person, especially a child, they tend to blame it on the parents. Although in some cases this may be true, it is not always the case. Many families have very busy lives and no time for sit-down healthy meals with our children. We tend to stop by fast food places to grab meals for our families. TV’s, video games and computers entertain our children after dinner instead of going out in the evening for a walk, playing hide-and-seek, or just running around playing such games as tag like we use to do when I was growing up as a child. Low-income families have a different fight. Although children in low-income families tend to play outside running around more, the cost of healthy foods are out of our reach. I am a single parent of an over-weight child and fall in the low-income bracket of society. Living on less than a thousand dollars a month, the cost of healthy fruits and vegetables makes it hard to provide healthy foods for my child. For example, out of 200 dollars a month for food, 85 dollars is spent on fruits and vegetables, 85 dollars on meats such as chicken, which we eat a lot of, pork, fish and tuna, forget beef, can’t afford it, and the rest is spent on eggs, milk, rice and noodles, which can be bought in bulk helping to allow the food to last the month as well as fill us up. Forget fast foods, my daughter considers herself lucky to get one medium pizza from Pizza Hut every other month, we can’t afford it, so...
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