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Jan 13

San Francisco bans Happy Meals

Posted by jfrancis in San Francisco , Overweight , meal , McDonald , Happy Meal , fast food , 


happy meal

For those with young children or those who have experience with young children, many of you know first hand how kids love to go to McDonalds to get a happy meal so they can find the next toy to add to their collection. Well for everyone who lives in San Francisco, California this will be no more. For those of you who haven't heard yet, San Francisco has recently announced that on December 2011 an ordinance will be put in effect official banning Happy Meals. Under this ordinance restaurants may include a toy with a meal if the food and drink combined contains less than 600 calories, and if less than 35% of those calories comes from fat. It is also required that restaurants include fruits and vegetables with all kid meals that come with toys.

A typical McDonald's Happy Meal, which consists of a cheese burger, small fries and a small drink, has 590 calories, 210 of these calories coming from fat. A second most common Happy Meal would be the 6 piece chicken nugget meal which has 620 calories, with 260 of those calories coming from fat. With these numbers the happy meal is incapable of meeting the required standards of the ordinance, and as of December 2011 will be removed from all San Francisco McDonalds restaurants.

Jan 10

Childhood obesity: Stats, Facts and Solutions

Posted by jfrancis in statistics , solution , Overweight , Obesity , fat , fast food , facts , diabetes , 


With all of the advertisemChildhood obesityents, arguments, and debates going on it would be nearly impossible for any American not to know about childhood obesity and the many dangers associated with it. This is a US epidemic on the rise! Children just 9 and 10 years old are developing serious health issues like type 2 diabetes, respiratory illnesses and heart disease because of their poor eating habits and lack of exercise. With our always advancing technology it has become far too easy for children to just sit in one place for hours at a time and have something to entertain them, like computer, television and video games. Throw in the ever growing number of fast food restaurants found virtually everywhere, and you have yourself a perfect childhood obesity concoction. If you're still not convinced of how bad childhood obesity has gotten then let me enlighten you a bit with some interesting facts about childhood obesity.

Statistics about childhood obesity

  • Obesity in children has increased 3x more than it was 30 years ago. In 1980 obesity in children, ages 6-11, was a mere 6.5% but by 2008 it increased to 19.6%.
  • Today, about 25 million children are either overweight or obese
  • Obesity is the second highest reason for preventable death in America
  • 70% of obese children already have at least 1 risk factor of having heart disease
  • 85% of all the children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were obese
  • Children treated for obesity are about 3x more expensive for the health care system than children with normal weight
  • Obese children are most likely to grow up as obese youth and as a result more prone to joint problems, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, poor self esteem, and several other health, social, and psychological problems

Now that you know the statistics, a few of you may be wondering what some of the causes of childhood obesity are. Well the causes of childhood obesity are not all that unpredictable. In actuality they are the most obvious causes you can think of, like unhealthy eating and lack of exercise.

May 10

How can poor people be fat?

Posted by BeAcHbAbE03 in Overweight , Obesity Poverty , Obesity


How can poor people be fat? — I know what you’re thinking.  You can’t believe I’m even asking the question.  But truthfully, I am very alarmed by the American society. 

We have become extremely obese.  Every where I go I am surrounded by environments that promote increased food intake, unhealthy foods, and physical inactivity.  Even more alarming, the poor seem to be the most obese.

I have been interested in this topic for some time now, but just found the time to do some snooping around.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show that the obesity rate, after hovering around 15 percent from 1960 to 1980, surged to 31 percent in the last 25 years. And!  The percentage of overweight children tripled in the same time period.

None of this is okay.  I am a reasonably healthy person.  I am very conscious about the types of foods I consume.  I’m also very conscious of the amount of money I spend on fresh produce, nice meats and my gym membership.  I have a decent job and struggle providing these things for myself.  I cannot imagine being poor and eating healthy or even feeding a family.  It is impossible.