Title: Childhood Obesity
Date of Submission:
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 3
2. Two points for argument: 3
2.1. Thesis Statement 3
3. Background: 3
3.1. Definitions: 5
4. Arguments 6
4.1. Argument 1: Increase in the consumption of fast food 6
4.2. Argument 2: Technological advancements leading to laziness 6
5. Counter Argument 7
5.1. Counter Argument 1: Benefits of fast foods 7
5.2. Counter Argument 2: Impact of technology on eating habits 7
5.3. Evidence of counter argument 8
6. Rebuttal of the counter argument 8
7. Conclusion 9
8. Summarizing the paper. 10
9. Solution 10
10. Suggesting the importance of the topic and extensive research required 11
11. References 12
Childhood obesity has been increased tremendously since the last decade. There are many factors that have contributed to this trend. It involves increasing food consumption from the fast food chains, very less physical exercise carried during the day, improper utilization of technology for developing food habits. These factors have been discussed in the sections below and solutions have been developed for the same.
Two points for argument:
1) Is fast food or unhealthy food, the main and the only reason behind the childhood obesity?
2) How serious is this problem today?
Childhood obesity cannot be prevented by banning vending machines nor fast food chains but it needs a promotion of healthy eating habits and awareness for children.
The rate of increasing in childhood obesity is increasing at a very high rate. Currently, more than 10 % of the children in the world are suffering from obesity and are overweight. The amount is much higher in the developed counties as compared to the developing nations and under developed nations. Almost one out of every three children in the developed nations is obese.
1. Author: Centers for disease control and prevention
Title: Childhood Obesity Facts
The above article provides a research on the reasons that contribute to obesity among the children as well as adolescents. It also includes the factors that are responsible for occurrence of obesity among these people. Overweight can be related to the possessing of extra fats at any part of the body that may cause serious consequences on the overall health if it persists for a long period of time. It occurs mainly due to the caloric imbalance that is obtained in the person that is suffering from obesity. It includes burning of very less calories as compared to the calories consumed (CDC.GOV, 2013). The consumption of calories should be as per the type of work done by the person who is consuming it.
2. Author: Tara Haelle
Title: Consumption Junction: Childhood
In this article, the author has described the factors that are responsible for childhood obesity. It argues with the generalized thinking and acceptation that childhood obesity is due to the genes or sloth of the children that they have inherited from their parents. However, it has been counter argued by the author that is largely due to the environmental factors and the consumption of the child that leads to the childhood obesity among them. The environment that has been developed around the kids and the extra care that has been taken in terms of eating spoils the habits of the children. It requires redeveloping and reengineering the food habits and the environment that is provided to the children for food consumption.
Obesity can be defined as having extra weights in few parts of the body in such an extent that it tends to have negative effects on the overall health of a person (CDC.GOV, 2013). Obesity has been existing due to the environmental factors that are provided to the children and the lack of exercise that can be seen throughout their daily life where they have been so rooted to the virtual games that they do not play the field games.
Obesity is a serious risk for the children in the 21st century. The overweight children are exposed to multiple diseases. It is also seen that the obese parents takes least interest in the food habits of their kids and in the most of the cases the overweight parents have overweight children. The eating disorder is followed throughout in the life and the trend of eating unhealthy food is imparted to their children (Haelle, 2013).
There are two arguments developed on the topic of obesity and each one of them has been described in details in the following section. It involves developing factors that are responsible for obesity among the children at a very young age.
Argument 1: Increase in the consumption of fast food
The consumption of the fast food has tremendously increased the levels of obesity among the people. But, it cannot be blamed alone for the condition. It is the lifestyle and habits developed by the people that lead to the development of obesity. There are many elements that are to be evaluated and considered while consuming food during the childhood. It can also be seen that the fast food are extra on calories and have very less amount of nutrition that is needed by the body on regular basis. Hence, there is a serious accumulation of calories and fats at different parts of the body and it leads to obesity. The trend of fast food is increasing and most of the children follow the fast food culture nowadays. The fast food is easy to cook and tastier. Even the schools provide fast food to the children as well. The fast foods are generally packed with a higher amount of calories (Carrey, 2015).
Argument 2: Technological advancements leading to laziness
Another supporting factor or argument to the rise of obesity in children is the technology advancements. Nowadays, children spend most of their time in playing video games. Such games are played with a very little movement of body and thus the children sit on their places for a longer period of time. The children became prone to diseases like bone problem or deformity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, skin conditions such as rash, acne or fungal infections. Most of the obese children grow up and become overweight children too (Centers for disease control and prevention, 2015).
Counter Argument 1: Benefits of fast foods
Contradicting to the two arguments mentioned above, there is a concept developed by Natalie Stein, where she stresses on the advantages of consuming fast foods in limited quantities. She highlights the ease and convenience that the fast foods provide to the contradictory other style of food. The cost factor has also been considered through the fact that the fast food restaurants are cheaper than the traditional theme based or regular restaurants. There are many interesting combo meals and offers available in a fast food chain. It has now been observed that as per the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care act of 2010”, the food chain restaurants have been compelled to mention the calorie count on its menu so that the consumers can decide for themselves to choose from the available options for low calorie and healthy food compared to the other food items on the menu (Stein, 2015).
Counter Argument 2: Impact of technology on eating habits
Technology has opened many new unexplored potential food options that can be utilized for satisfying the taste buds and at the same time go light on calories. It has been made possible through increasing the awareness among the people regarding the food that they consume. It also includes tracking the quantity of food consumed by the people though the use of advanced technology and sharing on the media. There is an in-depth nutritional information available to the people while consuming their food and this has been possible due to the advancement in technology and development of new techniques to keep the quantity of calories consumed under check (Yarrow, 2012).
Evidence of counter argument
Despite being unhealthy, fast foods are convenient, cheaper, tastier, easy to find, quick to prepare. Moreover, most of the fast foods comes with the calories count so that one could have knowledge about the calories if he is keeping the calories count (Stein, 2015).
Technology helps in obtaining the nutrition of different foods at one go and there are many options that can be easily assessed and explored for developing specific food habits and consuming food accordingly. It includes developing the technological aspect to such a level that the nutritional value of each and every food that is consumed is made available to the consumers (Yarrow, 2012). However, it is the choice of the consumers to go for the healthy food options that provide high nutritional content or go for the tempting fast food items that would have very low nutritional content in it.
Rebuttal of the counter argument
The main reason for disagreeing with the first counter argument is that there are more hazardous effects of consuming fast foods then the nutritional content that is obtained from them. Obesity is one of the prime problems that is being faced by the children in the society. But the fact is that the fast food is presented to them in such a way that they gets attracted to it. Fast foods are often advertised in the best way possible and with the high appropriate skills. Some of them are even advertised by some famous celebrity. Children are one of the most innocent section of the society that gets attracted on seeing the advertisement and they can’t seem to resist. On the other hand, they do not get the right knowledge or proper guidance from their school or from their parents (Ipatenco, 2015).
Thus, it can be stated there are various considerations to be made while consuming food from a fast food chain. There are technological aspects to be considered while developing healthy eating habits through analyzing the calorie content and nutritional value of each and every food. There are few solutions developed for the above mentioned problem and they are discussed in the below section.
This paper argued that fast food has a significant contribution in the attainment of obesity among the children. It also argued the point that technological advancement has also made considerable amount of contribution in that.
This research examined current studies on the consumption of fast food and its effect on the health as well as the effect of the technological innovation and advancements in the food eating habits of the consumers across the globe.
My research found that the way fast food chain are promoting their food and developing appealing promotional and advertising campaigns to attract the children and this is leading to greater consumption of fast food among the children.
Summarizing the paper.
Childhood obesity is not a one way process. There are multiple factors that are playing an important role in promoting it. Lack of guidance from their parents and from school to tasty and cleverly advertised fast food, the children are not left with a choice. Therefore banning vending machines and fast food chains will not prevent childhood obesity but it needs a promotion of healthy eating for children. The technological advancement should also be used in a positive and healthy way to derive healthy options for food consumption and reduce the laziness that has been inculcated through the comfort that is provided by the technological innovations.
One of the most important ways to reduce childhood obesity is to provide them proper education and the correct information and guidance. The children should be taught about how harmful this food can be, on the long run. They also should be taught on selecting the healthier food options always. Moreover, the parents and the schools should also engage the children in playing some sort of outdoor activities and sports on a regular basis. Consequently, the technological innovations should be made such that the consumption of food is carried out on the basis of the features and characteristics that are offered by the food. This can be studied upfront by being alert and aware about the consumption of calories on daily basis and managing it accordingly with the working habits
Suggesting the importance of the topic and extensive research required
Childhood obesity is a worldwide problem and it is not related to any one country. It is a serious issue and if it increases on a current rate then soon there will be a majority of unhealthy children in the world with the unhealthy lifestyles. The fast food industry is growing at an alarming rate. It has to be understood that excessive consumption of fast food or daily consumption of fast food has many adverse effects that could lead to the development of serious health issues over a period of time. There are very high chances that the children who are obese due to eating of fast foods in their young age may get cardio vascular disorders due to it. It should also be observed that the consumption of food plays a significant role in the completion of tasks by the people that are consuming these foods. Hence, healthy and nutritional food would provide an individual with the right amount of energy and nutrition that is required for maintaining a healthy life.
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Centers for disease control and prevention. (2015). Childhood Obesity. Retrieved from cdc.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htm
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