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Childhood Obesity Essay

  • Submitted by: cornc3
  • on March 27, 2014
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 819 words

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The health issues Morgan Spurlock analyzes in the documentary Super Size Me are all very serious and arise from obesity.   He not only engages in a “McDonald’s only” diet for 30 days straight, he also goes through weekly tests to track the effect of the “McDiet” on his health.   The results are far from surprising to me.   The idea that obesity has become the second leading cause of deaths after smoking is outrageous, and it’s even more dangerous that obesity rate in children are at a rise.   Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last 30 years because of fast food advertisements, lack of physical activity, and poor parenting.

    Fast food companies have been blamed for targeting young children with their advertisements.   McDonalds along with other food companies are using toys, mascots, cartoons, and other ploys to lure them into their restaurants and to buy their products.   These companies are spending billions of dollars every year just on advertisements.   The average child sees 10,000 food advertisements per year, in which 95% are for sugar cereals, soft drinks, fast food and candy (Spurlock, M. 2005).   They know that if they can get the children’s attention, they will ask their parents to bring them to their restaurant or buy their products.   Advertisements are everywhere, but most children will see them on TV.   “Research tells us that food advertising is highly effective and studies show that the more time children spend watching t.v the more likely they will become overweight because children tend to eat more unhealthy snacks while watching TV.” (Chernin, A 2009).   I believe this because I tend to snack a lot while I watch TV and in Super Size Me I noticed Morgan eating his “McDonald’s only” diets on the couch watching TV.

    Another reason for many overweight children is the lack of physical activity.   I remember when I was young, I always wanted to be outside, riding my bike, skating, playing sports etc… Children on an average are spending 5...

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