Solution Proposal Sh

•I found this part of my paper to be particularly interesting: Considering different solutions for the obesity epidemic was interesting. I like trying to solve a problem.
•This part was surprisingly difficult: Picking one solution and writing a lot about it was tough. I had so many ideas that I wanted to talk about.
•Next time I would do this differently: I will spend more time looking for sources, I tried to put more of my own opinion in most of the paper, but I feel that the facts were more persuasive.

Argument: Fast food advertisement/products is a threat to children's nutrition and a major cause of the obesity in America.

Solution: Proper exercise can help reverse the growth of obese people in our nation. Rec-centers will help promote fun exercise, and will give public the opportunity to become more active.

Our nation is more concerned about other countries crises then our very own. Obesity is a problem that keeps growing, and is not slowing down. Multiple surveys have been done regarding the issue of obesity in children and adults in our society today that state the problem is caused by fast food availability. There have been several possible causing contributions to our weight gain as a nation. Social media has a big role in the obesity epidemic, as well as, poor nutrition and lack of exercise. The United States is the 2nd fattest country in the world and nearly 100 million Americans are overweight or obese. Many health problems like diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, colon cancer, have been linked to the poor diets Americans have been in taking. Obesity is now the second cause of preventable death in America (Spurlock). Obesity can be defined as, “Being overweight; extremely or unhealthily fat or overweight.” There are several solutions that can reverse this problem, but only a few that can realistically improve the health of each community in a more achievable time limit.

Fast food is a major part of many American’s diets today. The cheaply priced food, and the easy availability of their food did not seem like a threat to our society; many people still do not see it as one. So what makes fast food so bad? Well the cheap, fatty food portions have almost everything to do with it. Portions have increase by triple within the last decade, and upselling is actually taught to many employees, including myself (Spurlock). During my short period at working at Hot Dog on a Stick, we would practice several times a day during training to persuade each customer to buy a bigger size. If we went through a sell without attempting to upsell we were scolded, and if we kept forgetting we were made to switch to cooker. The pressure put on me by my management made me feel like I wasn’t good enough, and also made me feel uncomfortable. After a whole month of training, upselling was a breeze, and I didn’t even notice that I was doing it. At the time, being forced to learn this didn’t seem like it was doing any bad, but only good for the company. But learning and focusing on the facts of obesity, I have learned that persuasion can be very effective on someone, and upselling does more harm on a person than good for the establishment.

Fast Food restaurants are everywhere, and seeing the most of the population of Minnesota lives in a urban setting, the availability is ridiculous. A survey was done in our state, and the surveyors recorded the amount of fast food restaurants within a 2 mile radius of their home and work. The results were 39 restaurants near their home and 94 near their work address (Jeffery). Being so close to all these unhealthy fast food establishments can be very appealing/persuasive to many. Each day about 1 in 4 Americans visit a fast food restaurant (Spurlock). However the problem is not only national, it is global. Humans are growing bigger everywhere, Fast Food establishments are expanding everywhere.

Fast food advertisements have been targeting children for a long period of time, luring them in with “cool” toys, happy meals, and jungle-gym facilities to play at if they go to their establishment (Schlosser). The amount of overweight children has doubled since 1980 and tripled in adolescents. Different media can also be factor as kids no longer want to play outside but to play on their tablets, or computers (Spurlock). Technology has been advancement to us, but also provides entertainment that we once didn’t have. Having children play outside has become more and more of a struggle each day. T.V shows, and documentaries like, "Super-Size Me" have been made to make more Americans aware are huge problem we have. Some videos are horrifying to watch. Even though some television shows the hard evidence of the most obese people in our country, they use the problem for entertainment instead of awareness.

Society has made obesity acceptable. Smokers are constantly publically hectored for their poor smoking habits, but when will it be socially acceptable to hector overweight/obese people. We have accepted their unhealthy habits, and even modify things for their “needs”. For examples, Drink holders have actually be modified to be bigger to fit larger cups, which could either be a factor of the car dealerships idea, or the consumers of the products. A “Big Gulp” from seven eleven can hold about 64 oz., which is a ½ gallon. Fill that will soda, and you have about 1600 calories, and 48 teaspoons of sugar (Spurlock). That's only 400 calories short of a normal calorie intake for the whole day! Of course the consumers of these beverages are not all obese, and some may actually be very healthy. Depending on the amount of exercise and nutrition one intakes for the day, the Big Gulp can be very effective to the body, or not as much. Removing or limiting fast food production/building in communities is an unrealistic goal. As much as making fast food less available will help with the poor nutrition habitats many have, the companies make too much money to persuade to stop expanding. Another approach is working on raising the physical activity in the community.

American’s inactivity is also a major contributor to our obesity epidemic. Americans are becoming lazier and consider working out as a chore. We now have machines that we rely on during grocery shopping or a trip to the mall to sit on just because we are tired of walking. An average person in American walks about 5000 steps a day, but doesn’t even come close to the physical activity needed to be considered healthy. More than 60% of Americans don’t get any exercise each day (Spurlock). Why is it so hard for people to get up and move? Time management could be a reason, but mostly it is because of procrastination. Exercising daily is very hard for many (including myself), and most think of it as just running on the treadmill or using many different kinds of machines. Many activities can give one the necessary exercise for the day, while having fun.

A gym member ship can get pretty expensive, and why should someone pay for being healthy, I feel that each community should promote a program that allows the public to rent equipment to use each day. Having equipment to rent out that could promote “fun” exercise like riding bicycles, rollerblading, and playing basketball. I feel that each county should be funded to build a rec-center for the public to use free of charge. I feel that this will increase the activity in many, and will help reverse the growth in obese people in our country. Persuading others to come to the facility would be easy because everyone likes free access to fun.

The obesity epidemic is a problem that many have do not acknowledge or even care about. Media fuels the fire, Fast food establishments are making the problem worse, and people are just not motivated to be physically active. This problem is growing not only in America but across the world. Obesity can be preventable, and reversed but it takes motivation which many lack. I feel the most affective and quickest method is to promote healthy fun activities. By doing this, we must have a free or inexpensive establishment for the community to participate in exercise. Exercise can even out the poor nutrition many have, and will release endorphins that can promote a healthier lifestyle emotionally and physically.


Works Cited

Spurlock, Morgan, and Steve Horowitz. Super Size Me. New York: Hart Sharp Video, 2004

Jeffery, Robert. "Are Fast Food Restaurants An Environmental Risk For Obesity?" International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Web. 2006.

Schlosser, Eric. "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal." Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012


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