BC: "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened." - Dr Seuss
FC: Childhood Obesity | An obese teenage boy weighs in at Wellspring Academy. October 5, 2009. Andy Richter;. http://www.corbisimages.com
1: laughter is an instant vacation | I believe that childhood obesity is a major social problem that the United States is facing today. Among children aged 2 years to 19 years of age, 1 in three of those children are overweight or obese. Furthermore, 16.9% of children are overweight or obese. Adult Onset Type II diabetes is now known as Type II diabetes because it no longer only occurs in adults. Childhood obesity affects the children socially because it decreases their confidence in themselves, it reduces their ability to do everyday things that healthy children do, and it affects them mentally, which in turn affects their learning process while in school. Furthermore, I believe that childhood obesity will reduce American's productivity and competitiveness in future years.
3: " being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage." - loa tzu | Overweight Boy on Scales. Date unknown. Linda Braucht. http://www.corbisimages.com This picture puts into prospective how difficult and traumatic being overweight or obese can be for children. Obese children have trouble coping in school because they may get made fun of by other classmates. They also are not able to do the same things that healthy weight children can do because they just are not physically capable.
4: "A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes last forever."
5: Childhood Obesity. May 19, 2002. Mark Richards. http://www.corbisimages.com This picture is of a girl named Blanca Lewis. She was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and has to take daily insulin shots to keep her health up. Sedentary lifestyles such as playing video games, watching television, or being on the computer have attributed greatly to the United State's obesity epidemic. Children are not playing outside as much and therefore are not burning as many calories as they should be throughout the day, which leads to obesity. I believe that the obesity issue relates to the Interactionist Perspective because the children of today are not interacting with society as they should be. It leads to a more sedentary lifestyle, which leads to obesity, which leads the children even further away from interacting properly in society because he or she is overweight.
6: "If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand."
7: McDonald's Golden Arches. Date Unknown. Bo Zaunders. http://www.corbisimages.com. In American today, it is so easy and cheap to get fast food on the go. So many families do not have time to cook a lot of the time due to our busy society, so they find it easier to get food on the go. Also, individuals living in poverty might find it cheaper to eat at McDonald's then go to the grocery store to buy healthier food choices. The fast food industries here in America such as McDonald's are ruining the health of our children. A shocking thing that I learned this past year is that America is the only country who is allowed promote fast food through toys for the children. Of course a child is not going to want vegetables over a happy meal because he or she does not get a toy with it. There is hardly any nutritional value in most of McDonald's foods. Another surprising thing that I have learned this year is that the children of today may not outlive their parents due to obesity. I believe that the parents need to be setting better examples of how to live a healthy lifestyle because they are killing their children. The children eat what their parents give them.
9: Obese Children. July 22, 2011. Martin Ruetschi. http://www.corbisimages.com This is a picture of obese children waiting in line to get food at school. America's school systems are failing in providing kids with proper nutritious meals. It is difficult for children living in poverty to get healthy food due to the fact that there parents may be only getting them fast food because it is cheap, and also because they are eating the unhealthy food of the school systems because their family does not have enough money to provide a healthy lunch to take to school. I have sympathy for these children because they do not know that what they may be putting in their body is making their health suffer. Michelle Obama has made some great moves in trying to better our school systems' meals, but we still have great strides to conquer.
11: These Are The Moments I Live For | Biomedical illustration comparing the normal body type and obese 5 year old boys and girls. Aug. 29, 2011. Nucleus Medical Media. http://www.corbisimages.com. This picture is illustrating the difference between a normal healthy body weight compared to that of an obese body weight for children. There are many effects from childhood obesity, and I feel that the biggest way to conquer childhood obesity would be to educate not only the parents, but also the children about how serious of an issue this really is. It is effecting our whole economy in a bad way. I believe that school systems should mandate health classes in grade school and middle school so that the children can be better aware of what they are putting in their bodies. I further believe that vending machines with pop, candy, and chips should not be allowed in the school systems. They could easily be substituted for water and healthy snacks. This is a huge and serious epidemic that needs to be addressed.
12: I further believe that childhood obesity relates the Functionalist Percpective along with the Interactionalist Perspective as stated before. Childhood obesity relates to the functionalist perspective because the poor will always have less options for healthy food than the rich. Thus, more children who live in poverty end up being obese, and there is nothing that they can do about it. It is a never ending cycle. Moreover, if everyone ate healthy, their would not be enough fruits and vegetables for our entire population to consume, so no matter what, the poor will always have less options of healthy foods to eat. It all boils down to how much money you have.
13: Slice of toast with dollar sign on white background. March 13, 2009. Johnson, Eric Anthony. http://www.corbisimages.com.
14: "A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing,...
15: ...the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken." - James Dent
17: sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart
18: today you can be anything you imagine
21: "An open home, an open heart, here grows a bountiful harvest." - Judy Hand
23: Home is where there's someone to love, and someone to love us.
25: "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year." - Ralph Waldo Emerson