My Speech on Childhood Obesity and Low-Income Families

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My Speech
Victoria Rock
September 17, 2012

Childhood Obesity
in
Low-Income Families

Hello Everyone, How you doing? Nervous like me I bet!
Tonight I want to open your eyes in regards to childhood obesity in low-income families, and put an end to the myth that they eat nothing but “Junk Foods.” And I’m going to show WHY they are having a hard time fighting the battle of the bulge, because this is something I deal with on a daily basis. Just like with everyone else there are many factors that can contribute to obesity in children today; * Pop-culture

* Genetics
* Health issues
* Medications
* And self-esteem
But children of low-income families not only face these issues but they have the added issues of * Cost of healthy foods
* Lack of affordable gyms
* But most of all the lack of funds needed every month to provide a healthy life style for their families. I know this to be a true fact because I face these issues everyday with my daughter. And truth be told according to the Federal Government Monthly Standard Income, I live below poverty level. But we will get into that later.

Everyone knows what healthy foods are;
* Fresh fruits & vegetables
* Whole grains
* Fish
* Skinless chicken breast
* Etc.
And to maintain a healthy weight these are the foods you need to buy and eat daily. When we think of un-healthy foods we picture;
* Chips
* Cookies
* Candy
* Soda
* Etc.
But did you actually know that 90% of All Foods sold in your local grocery stores are In-fact Un-healthy! I know what you’re thinking…No Way!! You got all kinds of canned, bottled, boxed, and frozen foods that you can buy that has everything you need to eat healthy. But the fact is processed foods have been altered from their natural state, either for safety reasons or convenience. The methods used for processing foods include; * Canning

* Freezing
* Refrigeration
* Dehydration
* Or any...
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