Research Proposal: Food vs. Disease

There was once a time when people roamed the planet living off of a diet filled with a range of natural and wholesome foods. However, as time has continued to tick, the human diet has slowly transformed, resulting in what we consume today. Americans are living off of what is now know as the Western Diet, filled with highly processed foods and a vast amount of meat. Coincidently enough, these types of eating habits have taken over the regimen of the average American resulting in a substantial increase in diet related care for many. Today, diet related issues are being classified as the number one reason for both disease and death.

The concern now is how consumers are supposed to break away from this type of eating habit when constantly surrounded by unhealthy food choices as well as why consumers are still buying these products if they are aware of what they entail. Childhood obesity is another sector of what the western diet has caused. It has been a focal point within the last several years and I am curious to know if it is due to parenting or can the blame be put on the child. I am presuming that I will find that the habit of consuming these highly processed foods develops during ones childhood and either sticks or is difficult to change. I believe eating habits are just like any other habit, once one becomes used to doing something, it is hard to stop.

Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation: White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President. Washington, D.C.: Executive Office of the President of the United States, 2010. Internet resource.

Dawes, Laura. Childhood Obesity in America: Biography of an Epidemic. , 2014. Internet resource.

Composition of Foods: Dairy and Egg Products : Raw, Processed, Prepared. Washington, D.C: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, 1976. Internet resource.

Packard, Vernal S. Processed Foods and the Consumer: Additives, Labeling, Standards, and Nutrition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1976. Internet resource.

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