Nutrition Essay

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5. To what extent does your country’s culture encourage unhealthy eating habits?
In the U.S., unhealthy eating habits ranging from obesity to anorexia are being encouraged throughout society by American culture. Americans are blinded by ads and advertisements for junk foods, as well as numerous television shows that showcase the pre-anorexic physiques of many celebrities. Additionally, the U.S. is stocked and loaded with fast food restaurants all across the country, promoting the consumption of unwholesome junk food. Holidays, traditions, and customs also play a role in eating habits in that people tend to eat unhealthy foods in larger amounts during these times. Americans across the country are being influenced by the media, holidays/traditions, and the vast availability of unhealthy foods in determining how they establish their eating habits.

One way that American culture encourages unhealthy eating habits is through the media via advertisements and celebrity images. Television ads and advertisements endorse the selling of junk foods at fast food restaurants and grocery stores. However, they tend to fail to mention the harm that could be done to the consumer’s body, such as obesity and its long term effects. Also being encouraged through the media are celebrity stereotypes of thin figures and an “ideal body image”. Some people react to these stereotypes by going to extreme measures to try and achieve an ideal body. The results are eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, etc. American culture uses the media to influence how people make choices regarding healthy eating. Though many unhealthy eating habits are being encouraged through the media, how Americans choose to respond to them is just one way that can determine their lifestyle choices.

In addition to the impacts of the media, the availability and affordability of unhealthy foods also encourages Americans to neglect a healthy way of life. Fast food restaurants are one...
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