Blog Assignment #1

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CHILDHOOD OBESITY

During our Public Policy class, we were asked to select and research an issue that we have an opinion on. I feel that I am a person who isn't afraid to express their opinions on almost any topic, so narrowing it down to just one was difficult for me. The issue that I chose to evaluate in depth is the issue of Childhood Obesity in the United States. I chose this issue because it has a certain significance to me. Everyday I go to work at the Aftercare program at Saint Madeline Sophie and see play with and look after children. Most of the children who I look after are healthy, but there are some individuals who i believe are overweight. We play games such as knockout, basketball, and football, but I'm only there from three to five thirty. While at my job I play games with the kids to get them up in moving, I'm only one man. It is up to the parents and everyone else to pitch in and reverse the effects of childhood obesity on our youth and make sure they live healthily. Lets all try to make this new decade be the decade where we reverse the trend of obesity.




Blog Assignment #2

The movie “Supersize Me” is a film that most of you have probably seen. This movie is about a person, Morgan Spurlock, who eats only McDonald’s for 30 days. This movie was made to show how bad fast food is for you and especially McDonald’s. During this movie, Morgan has to eats McDonald’s for every meal of the day and can eat nothing else. Before he starts his fast food journey, he consults numerous doctors to predict the health consequences. They tell him that he will gain weight and become unhealthy, but they didn’t realize how bad it would get. In the film, Morgan goes around the country to McDonald’s in different states to see what the have to offer. Within the first week, Morgan can’t handle the extensive fast food intake and throws up on the sidewalk outside of the McDonald’s. During his adventure he gains 25 pounds, loses his energy, and come close to dying. Although what he did doesn’t exactly follow a typical Americans diet, it still shows how bad fast food is. The film takes a shot at the fast food industry and exposes the negative effects of fast food



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Blog Assignment #3



This article that I have below completely supports my opinion on the issue of childhood obesity. The article proves the link between childhood obesity and fast foods while also providing facts that are important to know about the issue. Fast food has always been believed to play a role in the issue of childhood obesity, but know there is evidence to make this statement factual. It explains that the calories in fast foods are empty calories and do not contain many elements that promote growth and nutrition. Empty calories such as sugars, fats and carbohydrates are necessary for a healthy life, but the amount in which they come in at fast food restaurants are unhealthy.
Companies such as McDonald's and Burger King don't truly care about the health of their customers; they just want the business that they bring. If you are interested in the issue like I am, then it would be in your best interest to follow the link below.

http://www.stopchildobesity.com/

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Blog Assignment #4

I believe that childhood obesity is an issue that should be displayed and debated on a national level. It is a problem that affects one out of every five children, which to me is a very scary statistic. Obesity in Children has increased by 300% from 1963 to 2000, which says a lot about how our future will be if this problem isn’t stopped. I believe it should be mandatory that every school has Physical Education and everyone has to participate. I do not believe that one P.E. class a week is enough and that is why I believe that the class should be a class that students have every other day. I don’t believe that the blame solely rests on the shoulders of the education system; I believe that parents need to play a bigger role as well. It is up to the parents to ensure that their children eat healthy and limit their consumption of fast food. To me, these facts are astounding and I believe this is an issue that can be solved fairly easily. Exercise and healthy foods are essential to the growing bodys of young childrens and without them obesity will most likely occur. If you are interested in these facts and would like to see more, I encourage you to visit the website below.

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http://hubpages.com/hub/Childhood-Obesity-Statistics



Blog Assignment #5


There are many different reasons why the rate of childhood obesity is increasing in the United States and around the world. As the trend continues to grow people are beginning wonder why this is happening to their children and what could they be doing differently. The reason most associated with the issue of childhood obesity is the fast food business, like I discussed in blog assignment #2. When an issue is traced back to you it is easy to shovel the blame onto someone else, but maybe you are the one to blame? Some reasons are blamed on the parents, but there are others that blame the source of the issue; the obese child. Lack of exercise and excessive snacking are big reasons that jump of the page when I look at it, especially excessive snacking. I enjoy a snack after diner every night like most Americans, but what has to be discerned is: What is a snack and what a second meal? There are more reasons found on the attached link that I encourage you to visit. See if you some of the obesity reasons apply to you.


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http://www.annecollins.com/child-obesity-causes.htm



Blog Assignment #6

Weight gain and Obesity are some side effects of eating unhealthy foods, but there are some side effects most people don’t see coming. Obesity can lead to such things like social discrimination, low self esteem, or even suicide. Most people think that obesity only affects the body, but it can also affect the mind. Obesity research at the University of Texas revealed that obese girls are half as likely to attend college as slim girls. This is true of girls more than it is of boys because girls tend to care more about their body image than boys. Obese people are also less likely to get physical activity than people who are fit. Some of this is because they are lazy and some of this is also because they don’t have the ability to move and exercise as much. People who are obese also tend to be depressed and have more anxiety. So the next time you pick up that Big Mac ask yourself: How will this effect by body and how will this effect my state of mind?




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Blog Assignment #7


When you go out to a restaurant, what factors do you consider when you choose your meal? There are some obvious reasons such as a craving, but sometimes you pick your meal based on the amount of calories. If you go out to eat and you choose a meal with lower calories, chances are they aren’t telling you the whole truth. It was discovered that chain restaurants and frozen food meal companies haven’t been completely honest about the amount of calories in their meals. A study of ten fast food restaurants and chain restaurants, such as Wendy’s and Ruby Tuesdays, found that the number of calories in 29 meals have been on average 18% higher than listed. The frozen food meals, such as Lean Cuisine, are listed 8% higher than in actuality. These “errors” cause people to eat more calories than they are expecting and in result gain weight. The restaurant owners refuted this by saying that because each sandwich is made directly for the customer, they have different calorie counts. For example, some people prefer all the extremities on their burger but some people like the classic burger, bun and cheese. These differences can alter the number of calories between sandwiches. I don’t feel that this was a mistake at all. I feel like they lowered the calories on the menu so that their customers will chose their restaurant over another restaurant with a “higher” calorie count. I guess it’s a dog-eat-dog world in the restaurant business


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Blog Assignment #8

Through this blog so far we have determined that it is important for children to get exercise and eat healthy, but who is going to enforce this and make sure they get active? I believe it falls under the duty of the parent to make sure their kids are healthy and fit, but there are also some who are willing to help. One local organization that encourages kids to stay healthy and fit is your local YMCA. The YMCA offers many activities to join to get healthy such as basketball and volleyball leagues. The also have a workout center where they have free weights, machines, and treadmills to get into shape. Even if you don’t have a YMCA membership I believe it is important to be involved in so intramural activity to force yourself to get exercise. If you are part of a tram you are more likely to get exercise rather than going at it alone. Another organization that is trying to prevent childhood obesity is the NFL. The NFL developed a program called NFL Play 60, which encourages kids to get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day. I believe that more programs like these will come in the near future and these programs will have a huge effect on the obesity crisis.




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