ENG122: English Composition II (AXE1443E)
Dr.: Carrie Prettiman
Obesity in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, creating the first generation of children in history which is predicted to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. It seems as though that our younger generation is getting bigger by the day I believe mainly because most of the fast food places serves more junk and un healthy foods then more healthy foods. Rapidly rising childhood obesity rates constitute a public health priority in Latin America which makes it imperative to develop evidence-based strategies. Schools are a promising setting but to date it is unclear how many school-based obesity interventions have been documented in Latin America and what level of evidence can be gathered from such interventions (Wang Y, Lobstein T. Worldwide trends in childhood overweight and obesity).
It was the "now" generation where fast paced lifestyle was highly revered, and fast food really got it's kick without much regard as to its health drawbacks. The ability to live life on the go was key to the generation because of the freedom that came with it. As the boomers began to slow down and start families, they looked to fast food as part of their youth. And the industry flourished with the new market of not only the boomers, but their children. Children, being especially susceptible to dietary influence have fallen victim to the convenience lifestyle as the tastes of their parents remain the same, partly due to convenience, but also the nostalgia.
Although the food itself and quality may have changed over the years, it's been slow and gradual enough that the boomers themselves rarely noted the changes. They passed the quality and cost cutting side effects onto their children.. Children, often idolizing their parents wanted to eat what they ate, and have developed a taste for the processed foods, regardless of health. In many...