Arguing Cause Luke Fox

I found this part of my paper to be particularly interesting:I found most of my paper very interesting. But I think the part that was most interesting was to see how people in the United states really thought that they were looking at what was in the food they were eating when very few truly looked at the nutrition labels.

This part was surprisingly difficult:I found it difficult to bring in other arguments other than mine and stopping myself from bringing in a solution.

Next time I would do this differently:I feel like there isn't much else I would do different other than try to do a little more research on how the layout of the paper should look.

Arguing Cause

Our health in this country is declining because of the food that we eat.

My plan is to discuss how citizens of the United States do not read food labels.

The United States has become a very fast paced society, consumers do not read labels, hence they do not look at what they are putting in their body's. Children are affected by this practice, parents or care givers generally grab whatever is fastest, not caring if the food they are consuming is healthy or not.
Arguing Cause Peer Review Luke Fox

The Health of Americans

More and more research is confirming the serious negative impact of American’s obsession with sweets, fats, and artificial foods (Korth). Academic institutions in the United States have completed hundreds of studies on the effects of food consumption and the affectson the human body. These studies prove that the food that people consume does have an effect on their bodies and health. These results should be an eye opener for American as well as all people whom live in a developed nation. American people and their eating habits are making news all over the work, mainly because the world's population cannot and does not understand how one country can have a large population of obese people. One study found that a majority of the state's (which state?) young children…do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, with only 57 percent of parents reporting that their child ate at least five fruit and vegetable servings the previous day (For News). The United State is lacking the consumption of healthy and nutritious foods, 43 percent of the United States children are eating less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables; there are American children who do not consume one serving of fruits or vegetables on a daily basis. But what about the people who think they are eating healthy foods? Or the individuals who can't understand how they aren't as healthy as they were when they were younger? According to the World Watch Institute, farmers today can grow two to three times as much grain, fruit, and vegetables on a plot of land as they could 50 years ago. The trade off of this accelerated food growth is nutrition, today's food contains 10 to 25 percent less iron, zinc, protein, calcium, vitamin C, and other nutrients (Cummins). American people who are making conscious choices to consumer more healthy foods or who are eating healthy foods are not getting as many nutrients as they could or would have gotten fifty years ago. Basically the American peoples diets today are much more calorie dense and nutrient poor. There are three reasons why our diets are calorie dense and nutrient poor. First, modern agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil. Second, our diets contain more processed foods and fewer fresh foods than is good for us. Third, Americans want all produce to be available all the time, but nature has seasons (Cummins). Most of the United States population is consuming a diet of foods that are not healthy and that do not contain all of the nutrients that the human body needs to live a healthy life style.

Nutrition fact labels explain the nutrition of a particular product. This information includes serving size, number of servings in the package, calories per serving and the amount of various nutrients contained in the product (Healthy Eating). The information printed on the food labels is hard to understand for a majority of the American population, many educated consumers have trouble deciphering food labels for products sold in the United States. Consumers are not sure what exactly they should be looking for on a food label, uneducated and educated consumers alike struggle when reading labels because they do not understand which is actually important data when looking at food labels. One such example would be that all of the information on the label is based on the serving size listed (Taking). This means that if there are six grams of sugar per serving size in a can of peaches and there is three serving in the can of peaches there would be eighteen grams of sugar in the whole can. Serving size is one of the most important things consumers should pay attention to when reading food labels. The fact that people do not understand serving size when looking at the ingredients on a food label explains the over consumption of fats and sugars in the United States. Consuming an entire can of peaches may seem healthy but consuming the whole can leads to consuming triple the amount of sugar. This is a common misunderstanding, Americans believe they are eating healthy and choosing foods with less sugar or fat, but in actuality they are consuming double or triple the sugars and fats when they consume an entire package of a food product. University of Minnesota researchers recruited 203 participants to gauge what kind of information people looked at before deciding to buy a food product (Melnick). In this study they took 203 participants that said that they look at the food labels when they are looking at food to buy when grocery shopping. When asking thirty-three percent of participants said they “almost always” looked at a product’s calorie content on the Nutrition Facts label; 31% said they almost always looked at total fat content (20% said they looked at trans fats); 24% said they studied products’ sugar content and 26% said they paid close attention to serving size (Melnick). The people who were participating in the study truly believed they understood the labels when they read the labels. In actuality, only 9% looked at calorie count for almost all the items in the experiment; 1% looked at each of the other components, including fat, trans fat, sugar and serving size, for almost all of the products (Melnick). This is shocking but very important information to show that the people of the United States even though that they think they're looking at the foods labels of they products that they are purchasing. This study shows that consumers are not looking at the contents of these products accurately. (How did the researchers know the actual numbers? Did they observe the participants shopping? Think about giving us a little of the procedural aspects of the study)

The United States of America's general population appears to live in a very fast paced society. The country seems to be "on the go" and people seem not to have time to focus on proper nutrition, sitting down for a family dinner appears to be a dying tradition. Life is busy, there may not be enough time in the day to prepare meals or sit down to eat. Eating in the car or going through a fast food drive-thru may be part of the average Americans eating habits ("5 Most"). Many families have fallen into this unhealthy habit; one of the most common bad eating habits is eating on the run ("5 Most"). The challenge with eating on the run is that the consumer does not have a chance or the opportunity to pay close attention to what they are eating ("5 Most"). The issue with not paying attention to what a person eats is that one has no idea as to what they are putting into their body, they do not know if it contains the right or proper nutrients or if the product they ar consuming is unhealthy. This is the America that currently exists, this fast paces society has become the norm. There is fast everything in the United States; Fast Food, Speed Dating, Speed Dialing, and Faster Internet (Fast). This is great example of how the American people do not have time to look at or care what they put into their bodies, mainly because they think that there are better and more important things that they should be worrying about. The quality of their food and food consumption is at the bottom of their priorities. This is just how things are these day, you can see just by looking at the population of people that live in the United States and how it is effecting their health. The health of the adults is being effected by our fast pace society, but so is the health and well being of the American children. When adults choose to live a fast paced, busy life their choice does effect everyone in their lives. If these adults have children then their choices as parents directly effect the kids. Some research indicates that fast paces families produce more obese, unhealthy children. The research has caveats, it doesn't definitively prove that kids put on more pounds when they live with stressed-out adults (Dotigna). UCLA did a study few years back, this study found that 60 percent of all children between the ages of 2 and 5 had eaten fast food at least once in the span of a week and 29 percent ate fast food two or more times in that same week. About 10 percent of children in this age group ate three or more fast food meals the previous week (For News). Americas fast pace society has made it more difficult to read food labels and made it socially acceptable to ignore food labels as well as ignore what is being consumed or put into their bodies as well as the bodies of their children. Consumers have chosen the fast paced lifestyle, they have made it a priority to get to their meetings, practice, games or social events. This is just one reason as to why Americans are overweight, some other reasons maybe due to Americans…engaging in unhealthy behaviors like smoking, heavy drinking or not exercising…(is this a direct quote?)(HealthyDay). Heather Francis and her team of researchers at Macquarie University, Australia concluded that a westernized high-fat, high-sugar diet significantly impacted neurological function in two parts of the brain (Kroth). Francis' study indicates that the consumption of unhealthy food does have a large impact on a persons overall health, physically as well as mentally.

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