Obesity Epidemic<br />Time frame and Extent<br />Yue Ran<br />
Problem<br />Consumption of food that contains high fructose syrup caused obesity. Government gives huge amount subsidies to corn farming. <br />High fructose corn syrup is typically used as sugar substitute to produce desirable sweetness. It is very common in processed food such as bread, cereal, lunch meat, etc.<br />After consumption of high fructose syrup, there will be no suppression of appetite. The person will continue eating until overeat. The excess calories will be converted and stored as body fat.<br />Government gives subsidies to corn farming in order to produce cheat food to satisfy American's need. Corn farming also supports U.S. fast food chain by providing cheap corn-fed high-fat beef, bread and sweeteners.<br />
Cycle of Obesity<br />Government subsides corn farming in order to produce cheap food to everyone.<br />Corns feed cows that are in concentrated animal feeding operation to produce low cost, high fat beef in short time. Corns are also used to produce high fructose corn syrup<br />People are obese because of the high carbohydrate and high calorie. However, Consumers still eat them because it saves time and have low price<br />Food adverts not behind childhood obesity, say advertisers<br />The products are used in fast food restaurant and schools.<br />
Solution<br /><ul><li>Redistribution of government subsidies from corn farms to local, organic farms.
No transportation needed for local produced food.
Consumers are able to receive fresh and healthy product through local farm market.
More nutrient, vitamin, antioxidant and fiber can be found in fresh food.
Family can shop together in local farmers market and enjoy eating together.
Home cooked dinner usually prevent overeating and have a high nitrous value.</li></li></ul><li>Time Frame<br /><ul><li>Obesity rate has started to increase since 1980.
Two product were introduced by U.S. government in 1970s during recession in order to produce cheap food. One is high fructose corn syrup that is in almost everything we eat to replace sugar. Another is palm oil with high saturated fat.
“A serving of McDonalds french fries in 1960 had 200 calories, 320 calories in the mid 1970’s, 450 calories in the mid 1990’s jumping to 610 calories in 2003. A normal McDonalds meal that used to be 540 calories is now 1550 calories.”</li></ul>-How Obesity Became an Epidemic, Sam Montana<br />
Time Frame (con’t)<br /><ul><li>The obesity rate increased by 8% from 1976 to 1994 and 10% from 1994 to 2004.
As seen from the chart, despite the difference between genders, both male and female obesity rate has relatively remained stable in period 1960 to 1980.
After 1980, the obesity rate increase about 8% each period.</li></li></ul><li>Rate of Obesity by states<br /><ul><li>Research conducted by Mokdad in 2001
In 1991, four states have obesity rate that are 15% or greater.
Base on the research, in 2001, there is only one state which is Colorado has obesity rate that is less than 15%. There are 49 states have obesity rate that are greater than 15% and 22 of the states have obesity rate that are 20% or greater.</li></li></ul><li>Prevalence of Obesity Among US Adults <br />From The Continuing Epidemics of Obesity and Diabetes in the United States<br />
Link between obesity and high fructose syrup.<br /><ul><li>In the next presentation, there will be a detailed explanation on how high fructose corn syrup has caused obesity in America.</li></li></ul><li>Thank You For Your Time.<br />