Environmental Effects Of Unhealthy Food

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The consumption of unhealthy foods and the lack of physical activity in America have increased drastically since the 1970s, creating health related issues or in the worst case, causing death. As the years go by, Americans have become more dependant on their cars, therefore less people walk to the places they need to go. Also, kids would come home everyday and find a freshly cooked meal, whereas now students go to the nearest fast food restaurant and purchase processed food. This eventually caused a huge increase in business for restaurants, and because of the demand, companies created larger sizes for drinks and meals furthering the effects of this epidemic. It does not help to fix the problem when these foods are made so quickly and cost very …show more content…
The government should make relaying the detrimental effects of unhealthy lifestyles to society, its top priority. In the online article, Lifestyle and Related Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases, author’s Krisela Steyn and Albertino Damasceno discuss how unhealthy habits can lead to non communicable diseases (Steyn and Damasceno). One may not know to the full extent, how these actions can affect them in the long run, however it is crucial to his/her health that they do. Individuals may believe that the consumption of fat filled foods and the failure to exercise can only cause them to gain weight, and may not recognize the health related risk factors that such foods can bring. Schools can start by teaching the importance of healthy lifestyles to children at an early age. Also, to make this even more effective, parents should be required to come to a monthly meeting where they are given a more thorough presentation on the issue. Although some parents will be reluctant, if they truly care about their child’s well being, attendance will not be an issue. Once parents understand the consequences of this epidemic, they will want to train children sooner so that it can be implemented in their …show more content…
Parents can also teach their children how to cook so that they are able to prepare a healthy meal for themselves when no one else can. Knowing how to cook does not mean that one has to be a master chef and it also does not mean that a person cannot eat from outside, it just gives them a healthier option which can help this epidemic from getting out of hand and can improve one’s health. Additionally, families can develop a simple exercise routine to prevent this epidemic from being a major concern in the future. The online article, The Benefits of Physical Activity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that, “physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease and some cancers” (CDC). What could be wrong with living a longer life and not having to suffer from health diseases? Having a habit of exercising will improve a person’s quality of life, while knowing how prepare a non-processed meal will prevent obesity or obesity related diseases. If parents make these routines for children at an earlier age, they will become habits and will not be difficult tasks to

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