Name: Subject: Fast food issue has increasingly become an important topic because of the rising cases obesity among other negative results. The environment affects the choices children make with regard to fast food…
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In this context social environment includes political and economic aspects outside the family environment. The thesis of the paper states that the family unit is better placed to deal which children food behaviors given the fact that it can regulate the impacts of social environment. Family environment is said to have the most significance impact on the choices children make especially with regard to fast foods. Mothers with a preference of junk food especially during pregnancy or breastfeeding are likely to pass the same eating choices to their children. According to a research by University of Adelaide, children can be addicted to high-sugar diet through maternal influence. The research urges that fast food is responsible for production of dopamine, which is a feel-good hormone. It remains active among the children born to mothers with high levels of the hormone. Such children will have to eat higher amounts of junk food to achieve the same stimulation. The research suggested that junk food is addictive. Some parents fall short of resisting children demands. The end result is that they give them money to purchase junk food. Fast food should be balanced with healthy food. Parents are expected to resist unhealthy demands from children especially with regard to fast foods. The internet has had a significant impact on the home environment (Whitacre 39). Parents rarely encourage healthy lifestyles for their children. In the United States, many children have television sets in their bedrooms (Whitacre 33). A rising percentage of children between 6 and 17 are said to have exposure to unhealthy food through television influence. This has led to increase energy intake through junk food. According to AAP, children should not have television sets in their bedrooms. Research indicates that a large number of children do not eat meals together with their family in most days of the week. This is encourages unchecked food behavior among children. According to studies, healthy eating behaviors are said to develop when families take meals together. It is estimated that food prepared at home is more nutritious that take away or fast food. Families are better placed to regulate sugar intake and access to drinking water. This improves the food environment and minimizes the effects of fast foods. Parents are better placed to regulate the movement of children. This means they can limit access to retail venues that offer fast foods. The level of exposure and parental guidance plays a major role in the health and eating habits of a child. Parental advice can make children less susceptible to fast food campaigns (Whitacre 29). Research indicates that children tend to have parental preferences. Yet, few parents take time to discuss eating habits with their children. This has caused the social environment to overwhelm the family environment is some instances. There is a massive compaign against fast food. Some parents have rejected some schools on the basis on diet alone. Parents can influence the school diet by choosing institutions that are sensitive to children healthy diet. A compelling example is the schools that ban sodas and sugar-sweetened food. The role of social environment is expansive. Fast food bans for children would be welcome. This would mean banning some fast food restaurants that target children. It would also encourage banning fast food in school environments. The number of fast food chains has been increasing. The restaurants are available in local environments. Most of the choices
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The promotion of the junk food through the media spells doom to the health living of an individual and the nation as a whole. Health is a major apprehension among different stakeholders in the world (Moton and Dumler, 2009).
Therefore, people have the tendency to give more junk foods and other processed food items for their children. Junk foods are easily available foods and very high in carbohydrates and this promotes excessive fat. Excessive use of junk foods and processed foods in day to day life paved the way for serious health problems among the children.
The problem of obesity is becoming so widespread that the author has highlighted that the probability of the future generation to live a long and healthy life is bleak. The writer has talked about his experience as a pediatrician where there was not one day when an overweight or an obese child did not come to his clinic.
The key driver and motivator in reducing the input of 'junk foods' is the desire to look attractive and avoid the banter of peer group. To understand the association of the number of hours of television watching and obesity and the reasons for the same, a market research survey was undertaken among the two user groups - mothers of children in the age group of 4 to 15 and among the children themselves among the age of 10 to 15.
The junk food legislation seems to be a great solution to the problem of childhood obesity. But consider the following.
If kids could not shed off their eating habits, no ban could stop them from eating junk food. They simply buy junk food from profit-minded entrepreneurs or bring their own junk food from home.
Junk food is something that children love to eat everyday. Children are always given instructions about not to eat junk food in bulk or more frequently to which some would listen and some may not. Kids who cannot control eat outside home frequently the junk food are prone to the risk of diseases like Cardiovascular-CVD, etc.
The authors are experienced researchers with renowned credible corporation known as RAND which provides quality and objective research services. With the increase in childhood obesity, the topic presents an arguable claim. Junk food in elementary school contributes minimally to the obesity among the children
ood has greatly contributed to a unique lifestyle and Americans eating patterns, which has sustainably increased chances of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disorder and diabetes associated deaths. It is advisable that before one purchases a fast food, it is necessary to