Article- The global issue of Obesity and how it affects my local community

June 2, 2010 at 4:19 am Leave a comment

It has become increasingly evident over the past 50 years the gradual change in how our society live our lives. We’re getting bigger, and Obesity has become a global epidemic affecting everybody in some way.

The biggest factors contributing to this issue? The availability of fast food and junk food, increasing laziness and the high cost of healthy food.

Fast food chains have become larger than life, with more than 31,000 McDonalds outlets worldwide. In New York, there is a McDonalds on the corner of every street! They’re also starting to give us more food for our buck, meaning we can get an entire meal for $5 or less. So with these shockingly low prices and easily accessible outlets, why bother to adventure past the corner of your street to get groceries? In my local community the fast food chains are appearing more and more frequently with the ever-increasing business.

With technology advancing and developing everyday, it has become easier to get from place to place more quickly and efficiently. With such methods available, why make the effort to walk anywhere when a car ride would take a fraction of the time? We have become so lazy that some of us would rather search the entire living room for the television remote then face the prospect of getting up and changing the channel manually.

However, it seems the root of this issue stems back to the supermarkets themselves. It is no secret that fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and other recommended food items come with a cost that’s through the roof. It’s disturbing to see that a 3 litre bottle of Coca Cola is cheaper than a 1 litre bottle of milk.

Despite the efforts of the government to make fruit and vegetables GST free, it’s simply not enough to compete with the attractively love cost of chips, lollies, fizzy drink and ice cream.

So what can we do to help counter Global Obesity? How can we prevent this from further affecting our local communities? Well it starts with us. It’s up to us to make the right decisions for our health and do our best to avoid getting sucked into the vicious cycle of fast food, laziness and poor grocery choices. It’s time to make a difference and the change starts with us.

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Hey there, my name's Jenny. I have a huge passion for cooking/baking, writing, yoga and photography. I love nature and my favourite thing to do is spend an entire day outside, breathing in crisp, fresh air. Even better if I have a pen and paper with me. I started out running in March 2009 but sustained an injury in October 2009 which has unfortunately prevented me from running. I've been experimenting with other kinds of exercise to find another one that clicks. Follow me on my journey to maintaining good health + surviving high school and pursuing a career in Journalism. I Hope you enjoy reading my blog!

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