The Ugly Truth Essay

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The Ugly Truth
Over the past decades, the food industry has changed the contents of our food- they have changed what we eat and how we make it. Scientists have been working with large corporations to develop new farming techniques and technology in order to mass produce crops and notably increase their yields. With this movement, their intent is to ‘feed the world,’ and it has successfully helped to curb the hunger epidemic. However, some unintended repercussions arose from these new techniques, including the spike in obesity. Obesity has become a critical problem in America, and is defined as weight that exceeds what is considered to be healthy for a given height. The obesity rate has increased remarkably over the years, and even tripled in
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A true American meal includes “big meals, refined grains, red meat, unhealthy fats, and sugary drinks,” which are all incredibly unhealthy, especially when consumed regularly (heart.org). These cultural factors play an immense role in the obesity crisis in America. Portion sizes of food and beverages in “restaurants, grocery stores, and vending machines” have increased in size in recent years. Without realizing any change people are also consuming more than in previous years (cdc.gov). There is a neurochemical phenomenon known as “the reward system” which can mentally trigger a person’s desire to eat, whether they are hungry or not upon the sight of appetizing food through dopamine receptors in the brain (heart.org). Studies reveal that people who are overweight “have less ability to resist food cues,” which causes them to eat although they are not hungry. Additionally, many Americans have a trying situation economically, and it is less expensive to eat fast food and make unhealthy choices than to spend more money on nutritious choices. According to The State of Obesity, studies displayed that “more than 33 percent of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year are obese compared with 24.6 percent of those who earned at least $50,000 per year” (“Obesity Rates & Trends”). It is more economical for low-income families to spend less money on more food, although they compromise nutrition. Obesity rates are …show more content…
These appointed officials that serve our country and vow to keep the American citizens healthy and free from misconduct within the food industry have proved to be corrupt on multiple occasions. In 1972, the FDA conducted about 50,000 safety inspections. In 2006, the FDA conducted 9,164 (Food Inc.). The lack of adequate regulation is allowing malpractice at slaughterhouses around the nation. Agencies such as the FDA and the USDA, have been investigated and involved in fraudulent activities in recent years. This institutionalized corruption truly puts the American people and their health at risk by “making legal what has been illegal” due to “special interests” of members of these establishments as well as congress (Institutional Corruption of Pharmaceuticals and the Myth of Safe and Effective Drugs). An example of this corruption is exemplified by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) appointment of members from the American Egg Board who published “new recommendations on cholesterol”( “Egg Industry Board Paid Millions in Grants Seeking to Remove Lifesaving Cholesterol Limits”). These new cholesterol standards that claim that eggs were not a “nutrient of concern for overconsumption” contradict those of the Food and Drug Administration and the Institute of Medicine. The research conducted to discover these new results were funded by

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