WHY ARE SO MANY OBESE PEOPLE HUNGRY IN US? Yankamma Chancha Curry DeVry University ENGL 135 Research Presentation
Thesis Statement• Every day children come home to empty pantries and parents without a job in US. Yet the obesity rate is growing at a high rate. Additionally, the US economy is performing poorly and poverty levels have increased sharply. What is causing so many of our citizens to go hungry and become obese? The possible answer according to Michael Pollan’s research in The Omnivore’s Dilemma:2006, is the increasingly large amounts of high fructose corn syrup added to processed foods. The farmers, who are responsible to provide fresh vegetables and produce ,are getting government subsidies that support sugar and fat production from corn and soy bean agriculture. The farmers focus on quantity not quality of nutritious foods. The reason obese people go hungry is because they cannot afford to buy unsubsidized healthy foods at their poverty income levels.
HistoryThe reasons for the problem are: low socio-economic status Availability/access to supermarkets Choices.
Effects of the Problem• Increase in health problems• More young people are diagnosed with diseases that used to be adult onset• High healthcare costs• The visits to Doctors increase to manage the diseases.
Effects of the Problem• Availability/access to supermarkets• The supermarkets are not easily available in low income neighborhoods and poor can’t go to them due to transport.• The choices of foods are fewer and high in sugars and fat and come in large quantities for cheap.• So the food choices that are made are unhealthy and leads to obesity.
SolutionsOur government needs to step in and help now.• It will work because there needs to be regulations on what is being fed to our children in schools and grocery stores. The high fat and sugar foods need to be taxed so more fresh and healthy foods are accessible.• The food stamps issued to poor should only be allowed to buy healthy food.
Another SolutionAccess to healthcare• It will work so early detection of diseases can be managed properly.• This solution will not burden the people with health insurance to pick up costs for the uninsured.• The plan will have everyone take responsibility of their healthcare and not wait till they are really sick and end up in hospitals for days and weeks leading to high hospital bills.
Call to ActionWe must act now or our country’s health will be undermined by reduced productivity and affect the economic security of the nation.
Referenceshttp://www.cdc.gov/obesity/causes/health.htmlHyman M, 2010 September 18. The Link between poverty, Obesity and Diabetes.Pollan M.2006, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. A Natural History of Four Meals.Yancy C, 2009. August 16. Solutions: Dealing with America’s obesity problem.