The Problem Of Childhood Obesity

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Aaron Millikin Problem & Solution Essay Composition II 11/14/14 The Problem of Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years (CDC). It is estimated that, on our current track, in about 50 years 1 out of 2 Americans will develop diabetes. These are startling facts, and it gets even weirder when you look into the causes for this sudden change. Since the 1980s, the amount of added sugar in our diets has increased exponentially. In fact, these days, around 90% of the food products in our grocery stores contain added sugar. Why? This is partially due to the diet/low-fat craze that started in the 1980s. Food companies cut down the amount of fat in their products, but…show more content…
A lot of the added sugar is there to combat the poor taste of diet, low-calorie foods. I also believe that fast food companies add sugar to their food (even non-sweet items) in order to addict the customer, causing him or her to keep coming back for more. Sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine (Fed Up), and fast food corporations are taking advantage of this little known fact. All of this needs to be changed, but it will never happen without the addition of my second solution: mass education on the effects sugar really has on the human body. In our society, there is a very strong misconception that fats are bad no matter what. This simply isn’t the case. To speak from personal experience, I’ve recently discovered something known as the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats for energy instead of carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is important in fuelling brain function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies, which in turn go into the brain to replace glucose as an energy source. That said, I basically don’t get to eat anything with sugar in it. It was hard at first, because of my
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