Help with Obesity in Low-income Families English Comp II ENGL107-1102A-14 Prof. Iris Chao Victoria Rock April 30, 2011
There are many factors that contribute to obesity in America today. Pop-culture, genetics,health issues and medications as well as self-esteem, cost of healthy foods today and the lack ofaffordable gym facilities especially for low-income families who seem to be the main focuspoint on this problem. Low-income families need more help with this fight on obesity. When most people see an over-weight person, especially a child, they tend to blame it onthe parents. Although in some cases this may be true, it is not always the case. Many familieshave very busy lives and no time for sit-down healthy meals with our children. We tend to stopby fast food places to grab meals for our families. TV’s, video games and computers entertainour children after dinner instead of going out in the evening for a walk, playing hide-and-seek,or just running around playing such games as tag like we use to do when I was growing up as achild. Low-income families have a different fight. Although children in low-income families tend toplay outside running around more, the cost of healthy foods are out of our reach. I am a singleparent of an over-weight child and fall in the low-income bracket of society. Living on less thana thousand dollars a month, the cost of healthy fruits and vegetables makes it hard to providehealthy foods for my child. For example, out of 200 dollars a month for food, 85 dollars is spenton fruits and vegetables, 85 dollars on meats such as chicken, which we eat a lot of, pork, fishand tuna, forget beef, can’t afford it, and the rest is spent on eggs, milk, rice and noodles, whichcan be bought in bulk helping to allow the food to last the month as well as fill us up. Forgetfast foods, my daughter considers herself lucky to get one medium pizza from Pizza Hut everyother month, we can’t afford it, so fast food is not our problem.
The cost of gyms is outrageous especially for low-income families. Even the YMCA, which Ithought was supposed to be free, cost five dollars every time you use their facilities. With theamount of weight my child needs to lose, we would have to go the YMCA five times a week,costing me fifty dollars a week or 200 a month. Even though 200 dollars a month doesn’t soundlike a lot to most people, for someone in the low-income bracket that money usually is used forrent, utilities, or in my case extra food because what I buy usually doesn’t last the month,especially the fruits and vegetables. I agree that something has to be done to bring people, especially children, to a more healthyweight. Low-income families need help more for this problem because of the cost of what isneeded to do this. I know because I fight this problem every day for my child.