Lyvia Nguyen Seng Alex Vang

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Lyvia Nguyen

Seng Alex Vang

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4 March 2018

Tripartite Alteration

Few Americans have well balanced and nutritious eating habits. Unhealthy and non-processed food may seem inexpensive on the shelf, but it will cost you when it creates health problems as it builds up over time in your system. It can cause problems such as cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Putting unhealthy food into our system is easy, however taking out the consequences may be difficult and not worth choosing a bag of chips over an apple. Conversely, is it really the consumer’s fault that America has the highest rates of obesity? We live in an environment where obesity is bound to happen sooner or later. It is crucial to educate ourselves and change our habits, as a food producer, provider, and consumer to create an environment where healthy diets are the priority.

The text that I chose to write about is Why Shame Won’t Stop Obesity by Dhruv Khullar. Khullar’s essay brought up specific points that I have not realized or put much thought to. He starts with an anecdote about his visit to the hospital’s cafeteria as a doctor: he contemplates on what he should have for lunch between not so healthy choices. Before that, he has just told a patient that he should think about eating healthier. This foreshadows the essay to have hypocritical evidence. Throughout this piece, he acknowledges that some people are not at fault for being obese. Khullar’s essay is that he made me realize that sometimes we do not have enough options.

The problem we face is that sometimes we are visually presented with food that is of little nutritional value. There are more advertisements for junk food and fast food than there is for vegetables and healthy eating. When people are exposed to those types of advertisements, they will be more inclined to buy and consume it. Therefore, it can add up and cause negative consequences. We are putting our hard earned dollars towards things that are creating a negative domino effect. It is apparent that some people are unaware of the penalties, which is one of the reasons for choosing to write about this subject.

Along with food producers and providers allotting more priority towards profit rather than health, there are people that are ignorant towards having a healthier diet. People are aware of this injustice, yet they refuse to change their habits. Writing this essay about this topic will allow me to gather evidence and information to educate people on the negative effects of how we are contributing to an environment that is prone to obesity and health problems. Changing what we are exposed to will deter us away from junk food and allow for healthier food to prosper. It is not just the consumer’s choice that is making them obese, currently it is more convenient and less expensive to buy food from a fast food chain restaurant than going to the supermarket, purchasing fresh produce and preparing a meal.

People should be more knowledgeable about their food and eating habits because food is essential for survival and prospering health. It does not matter what age you are; even in the womb, your mother needs to have a well-balanced diet and avoid certain food in order for you to be born without extreme birth defects. Americans have been superior in other aspects of how we live with our technological and moral advancements. However, when it comes to food, we are plunging downwards. It is not only affecting how the other countries view us, but it makes us look like money hungry monopolies. Instead of putting the money towards improving how our food is grown or advertising healthy eating, our money going towards medical bills and health care.

The sources that I used to support my claim were pulled from Google Scholar, which is a search program that provides researchers with digital copies of articles, books, and essays written and published by professors from universities or people with credibility. It was stated by Google that the articles I used from Google Scholar will be reliable because the search engine purposely filters out websites such as blogs or Wikipedia. When using an article I found on the default Google search engine, I examine the website for an author, date of publication, and whether it is a blog or not.

Annotated Bibliography
Denton, Carolyn. “How Does Food Impact Health? | Taking Charge of Your Health &

Wellbeing.” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing. 3 July 2013. 23 July 2015. In this article, it outlines how food affects our bodies, why we should worry about it, how food connects with diseases and even goes the extra mile to include an example. This article lays out the facts about how the Standard American Diet is affecting our bodies (i.e. by causing our bodies to send out wrong signals).

This article will be used to support why I believe that we must start taking charge and making a change to something we ingest into our bodies and affects us for a lifetime. Denton has bought up significant points and examples that we cannot ignore and be ignorant towards.
Karen Glanz, James F. Sallis, Brian E. Saelens, and Lawrence D. Frank (2005) Healthy Nutrition

Environments: Concepts and Measures. American Journal of Health Promotion:

May/June 2005, Vol. 19, No. 5, pp. 330-333. In this article, the writers talks about how advice such as “eat less and move more” is not effective enough to make a change. It also talks about meals that are being served in schools. We cannot pin the blame on people for their obesity. They are limited and bombarded with unhealthy choices. Instead of preparing a home cooked meal, more and more people are eating out.
I will use the points bought up in this article to support my thesis of changing our habits in order to create an environment where healthy food is warranted and is accessible. This article will provide the readers with evidence that it is not just a single factor that is affecting obesity.
Khullar, Dhruv. “Why Shame Won’t Stop Obesity.” Food Matters. 2014. Print. In this article,

Khullar talks about what is causing obesity and why accusing obese people of not having self-control is not completely accurate. We live in world that is preparing and pushing consumers towards unhealthy food options, which leads to health issues and obesity.

With the topics Khullar talks about, I will use it as evidence and connect it to how and why we should start giving more thought to our eating habits and why we should steer our focus away from shaming people who are obese and start thinking about what cause them to be obese in the first place.
Menzel, Peter, Faith D’Aluisio. “What the World Eats: Guatemala, India, Mali, and the United

States.” Food Matters. 2014. Print. In this article, Menzel and D’Aluisio depict how what we consume differs country to country. Guatemala, India, and Mali has a diet consisting of food that are not packaged or have been through a factory. In America, there is an overload of food for a family of four. Also, the American diet consists of mostly processed and packaged food.

I will be using this piece to support my argument of how Americans need to start making

changes and improvements. America is more developed compared to Mali, however their food seems more self-grown and handpicked. Mali uses wood fire and natural drying while America has food that can be preserved for a long time. This might be seen as an improvement, however we are slowing killing ourselves.

Obama, Michelle. “The Business Case for Healthier Food Options.” Food Matters. 2014. Print.

Michelle Obama talks about issues that American is facing with specifically childhood

obesity. She makes an attempt to create a campaign to expose young children to healthier eating habits and increasing physical activity.
Her essay is significant because she is a person of power; therefore she has the exposure and power to start making a change. I will be using her statistical facts about the increase in fresh produce purchases and what big companies such as Disney and Wal-Mart has done to contribute.

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