Quote from VIXEN007
Obesity is a choice. It takes a lot of effort to become fat and remain fat. My mom always said that the U.S. is the only country in the world with fat, poor people.
Yes and no. For my Developmental Psychology class, I did a paper on 'Who is responsible for the obesity epidemic in America'. Here's few bits and pieces that will hopefully help out the OP. I also recommend the book 'Fast Food Nation'. There are several other books out there that have been published over the past 5 years, but I can't recall the names off the top of my head.
1. Obesity has risen 30% over the past 30 years. By coincidence(?), the rate began to increase after manufacturers started using high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener. No proven link has been consistently found however.
2. The school lunch room and schools in general are no longer providing lessons in healthy eating. They may talk about it in class, but the reality is that fast-food chains and soda manufacturers pay kickbacks to the schools to have thier product sold and promoted at that school. Textbooks are even affected by this--thier products are promoted in the books themselves. The kids can't get away from it.
3. The usual suspects...poor education, parents who work extra jobs to pay the bills and aren't home to model/supervise nutritional health.
4. Fact...grocery stores in some poorer communities provide produce that is lower in quality than in wealthy communities AT A HIGHER PRICE. Double whammy there!
5. A world where many families have a single parent and the families with two parents lead a lifestyle that requires both to work. This is combined with a world where we are painfully aware of the possible dangers to children beyond the boundaries of thier home. Kids come home and have to entertain themselves INSIDE until parents arrive. This leads to the TV and the video games. I've seen this in action the last 5-6 years. When my nephews were smaller (8 and10) and thier mom went back to work, they had to barricade themselves in after school. They lounged for two hours until me or thier parents could get over there. The constant video games worried me. Now they are teens and can go out as long as they stay together. Video games have become a rainy day activity and they are both more active.
There's alot of material out there--just go to amazon
books and type in 'obesity' and you should be able to get the titles of 4-5 excellent books on the topic. Good luck! :smiley_ab