Essay on Junk Food : Healthy Choices

1006 Words Dec 14th, 2014 null Page
Healthy Choices in America
According to the many studies that were done in the past, Americans are the most obese people in the world. There are many factors that contribute to our obese nation, one of them being our environment. The question is would higher taxes on junk food encourage more healthful eating habits in America? Some say, “What is considered junk food in the first place?” According to Wikipedia encyclopedia, “junk food” is defined as “food with little to no nutritional value and is high in sugar, salt, and fat.” The majority of Americans will agree that junk food has greater meaning than just being able to satisfy our hunger. When one is feeling down, they often vent to something as simple as a chocolate bar to give them pleasure. For this reason, and many others, higher taxes on junk food would not encourage healthful eating habits in America.
There are major issues that are related to this topic and those are diabetes, cholesterol and obesity. Many people, in all different age groups, are affected on a daily bases with these illnesses, mostly, due to poor eating habits. Diabetes is a chronic disease that results in having high levels of sugar in the blood. According to the Obesity Society, “over three million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes.” There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and 2. The “U.S. National Library of Medicine” states: Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but it is most commonly seen in children, teens, and young adults. The body…

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