Be Healthy, Stay Healthy

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All the special deals of food industries are satisfying. Wendy’s has the four for four. McDonalds’ has the two for five. Popeye’s has the five bonafide big box. All food options sound delicious. However, junk food is not healthy for us. In the city of Chicago, many of young people living here are obese. According to the CLOCC, Chicago has the highest percent compared to the nation’s percent of children being obese. For children in kindergarten, the average percent of them being obese is 12.7%. Meanwhile, in Chicago the percent of kindergartens being obese is 20%. As we get older, the chances of being overweight or obese increase. Englewood has the highest percent of child obesity. There are many explanations why children are obese. It is clear that convenient stores are closer to one than a green market. In addition, convenient stores sell sweets way cheaper than buying a salad.

We can all help and educate the everyone; there are solutions to this situation. We can replace large fries with a red juicy apple. Instead of skipping breakfast, we can have eggs, pancakes, sausage with orange juice. I just got hungry right now. I have witness this problem myself. My younger cousins rather eat chips and drink soda than to have a healthy meal. At a young age, we should help children avoiding huge factors like diabetes.

The city it self can help this problem as well. Recently, a Whole Foods opened in Englewood and Englewood was one of the neighborhoods that had high obesity. The city can make arrangements to have more access to healthy food. We should not travel far to get healthy food. Having new markets benefit in jobs too. Citizens will have access to healthy food and job opportunities. The city should try to lower prices of healthy food so it can be more affordable. We should all have access to healthy food no matter where we are! It is apart of being sustainable in life. The next time we wake up, we should have a good meal. Debating buying a Big Mac or a daily special go with the daily special. Having a healthy mind, healthy heart, and healthy body will have positive outcomes in life.

References

  1. http://www.clocc.net/about-childhood-obesity/prevalence/
  2. http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/first-store-opens-englewood-square-whole-foods/
  3. http://www.englewoodportal.org/uploads/englewoodportal/images/02_englewood_inkfactory_small.jpg/image-full;size$350,233.ImageHandler
  4. http://www.thefitindian.com/importance-of-eating-healthy-food/

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Be Healthy, Stay Healthy

  1. Understand the argument. What do you think the role of business is in these instances? There is lots of evidence that manufacturers (and marketers) develop foods to be addictive (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.html?_r=0). Combine this with the intensity of day to day poverty (http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/11/your-brain-on-poverty-why-poor-people-seem-to-make-bad-decisions/281780/) and one comes to the conclusion that it’s not really about the individual and their decision making – it’s about “context.” Context is only partially addressed by the introduction of places to purchase healthy food. It’s also about alleviating the weight of those everyday decisions that lead people down the path of eating for comfort, or out of being tired, or time-crunched, or just stressed.

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  2. I agree with the comment above. It’s really easy to point the finger at fast food and all the amazing (yet still really expensive) deals that they advertise for instant food – time is money after all – but that is only part of the problem. Quality of life (i.e. being paid a decent wage) and other economic factors shouldn’t be ignored when addressing this issue. Buying fresh produce and home-cooked meals have become either somewhat of a luxury in certain areas of the country or an intentional lifestyle change (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/03/05/the-slow-death-of-the-home-cooked-meal/) because if people are always working to make ends meet, when do they have time to spend at home cooking or even learning how to cook? Never mind factoring in environmental elements that inhibit safety and prevent physical activity, etc. Education is one way to start fixing this issue, and even then, it is a very small factor when looking at the larger picture. Thanks for starting a conversation about this topic.

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  3. I understand your point, I thought that fast food restaurants already have that option of having an apple instead of the fries. I understand that junk food is cheaper than healthy food but I don’t think that putting in a whole foods will change much because of the prices at the store, but its a good start to try to change the eating habits in that community. What people need is education about the food they eat.

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  4. Health problems can be easily to point it out, but it is hard to solve the financial problems. It is very expensive to buying health food in America. Also, most of the people thinking to buy some junk foods to eat because they maybe so busy on that homework and work.

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  5. Due to the fact that many individuals live in food desert areas, it is challenging for them to have an easy access to healthy foods. A lot of neighborhoods in Chicago, such as the Southside of Chicago only have access to corner stores and would have to travel miles to access a whole food, jewel, etc. They are bound to eat at fast food restaurants because they are “cheaper” and closer to their location.

    http://www.foodispower.org/food-deserts/

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  6. The reality of increased obesity is upon us. And yes it is in part due to the fact that fast food is much cheaper to buy than healthier options such as fruit and vegetables. Access to healthy food is important, but it needs to go beyond that. If a health food store opens in low income areas, the inhabitants may not be able to purchase these goods because of the high price mark. Link cards make it possible for low income individuals/families to buy healthier, but what about those that are not qualified for food stamps? In addition to subsidized food, there should be local food centers that have healthy, locally grown options and reduced prices.

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  7. I totally agree! It’s hard to change what we are used to and what is easiest for us to get our hands on. Plus if you grow up on junk it’s that much harder to like healthier foods when you’re older. I believe that educating children when their younger about the dangers of processed foods and the health risks that are associated with them would help by making people more informed of the problem and therefore more people would feel inclined to do something about it. There is always strength in numbers and it’s hard to get legislation to pass without people demanding it. Here’s something you might find interesting, it’s a good idea but somehow it hasn’t seemed to catch on.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-rahm-emanuel-produce-bus-0711-20150710-story.html

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  8. I think the inclusion of a whole foods in englewood is a good sign that the city is moving towards understanding food deserts and making an actual effort to change the narrative. The whole foods have provided over 150 jobs, almost all of them going to people in the neighborhood. They’ve also lowered their prices to meet the needs of the community. Once people have access to healthy food, their eating habits will change, which will ultimately impact their children and will change the food culture in these low-income black neighborhoods.

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