Exercise and Food

by Indigo Serikali

Diet Writing Assignment
The percentage of children age 6-­11 years in the U.S. who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly the percentage of adolescent’s age 12-­19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period. indigoThere are many things that I believe contributed to this and I also believe there are also many things that can change this.  The increase in the desire for “super-sized” food items, television and the advances in technology, and the decrease of physical activity are some of the culprits. Concentrating on being healthy is far better than dieting. Drinking plenty of water, exercise, and eating healthy foods are the key to maintaining a healthy weight.
“More and more Americans are eating out which leads to bigger waistlines as well. One in four Americans visits a fast-food restaurant.” (Super-Size Me, 2004) The super-size craze, I believe is one of the major contributors to childhood obesity. We are constantly running from one event to another, more mothers are working and taking time to cook is somewhat a thing of the past. Cooking at home was replaced with fast food items.
In the 1980’s cable television became more popularized. According to my mother everyone was watching MTV and television was on 24 hours a day. Whereas before then, the stations would sign off.  Kids were coming in and watching t.v. and playing on video games. As time went by, video games replaced running and playing outside.
Along with eating healthy foods being a main priority, you need to exercise as well. Exercise is just as important as eating healthy foods. Both go hand in hand with each other. You can’t expect to lose weight without doing both. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, it states that many extreme diets are doomed to fail and that choosing healthier foods along with physical activity is the best way to go. Many people don't understand that concept.
Water is imperative for dieting. It is what flushes out all the toxins in your body and helps you stay hydrated. According to the Recommendations from the Food and Nutrition Board are for women to get 91 ounces per day and men 125 ounces from all sources — water, other beverages, and foods with a high water content. So you see that water is needed at a large amount. Most people do not get the right amount or even close to the amount that is required. According to research about 95% of people gain the weight back after 1­5 years. The worst type of diets are FADS diets. Fads diet lack essential nutrients. These diets don't teach you healthy eating habits. So therefore, once you end the diet you go back to unhealthy habits.
So, what did I learn from this? I learned that fad diets don’t work and they actually work against you in the long run. Diet, exercise, and drinking plenty of water is the remedy. Many teens need this information and they need to put their phones down, (just for a few minutes) and work out!


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