September 23, 2013
Casual Analysis - Essay 2
According to the American Medical Association, obesity is an epidemic. There is such a concern that the First Lady has created an initiative to have children become more active. The First Lady also has asked entertainment companies and food makers to be more careful with how they advertise to children. She also voiced concerns that salty foods and excessively sweet drinks are causing serious health issues to our youths. Some people agree with the First Lady and in some school districts; there is a ban on sodas and drinks with excessive sugars. Fast food restaurants agreed to include healthier choices in their kid meals.
According to researchers, “children spend a substantial portion of their lives watching television. Investigators have hypothesized that television viewing causes obesity by one or more mechanisms: 1 Displacement of physical activity, 2 increased calorie consumption while watching television or caused by the effects of advertising, and 3 reduced resting metabolism” (Pediatric Clinic of NA). This should sound the alarm of concern because if the child is indoors, he is not burning off those calories. There have been attempts by television supporters to create activities while using the television. Please notice that I said using and not viewing. Game consoles like Nintendo WII force people to participate in the game and thus according to them helps people become more active. The intent is for families to get some exercise by participating.
Getting serious about this problem means that we have to turn off the television and trade the video games and television for any outdoor activity. Instead of buying your child a bicycle in December, when there is a threat of snow and icy rain, buy it during Easter when the weather is more pleasant. This is a way your child can enjoy more time with the bike and less time indoors. Another suggestion would be
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