HEALTHY FOOD VS. FAST FOOD/ SHELBY WILLIAMS

AS A YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN LIVING IN OAKLAND THERE ARE HARDLY ANY PLACES FOR PEOPLE OF MY GENERATION TO GO AND EAT HEALTHY FOOD. INSTEAD OF THERE BEING A HEALTHY PLACE TO GO OUT AND EAT FOR A FUN TIME, THERE ARE MANY FAST FOOD RETAURANTS. FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS ARE FOUND EVERYWHERE YOU TURN, SUCH AS THE EVER SO FAMOUS MCDONALDS. ALL OF THIS CONTRIBUTES TO THE GROWING EPIDEMIC OF YOUTH OBESITY.

 

YOUTH OBESITY IS SOMETHING THAT OUR SOCIETY FREQUENTLY TALKS ABOUT BUT HARDLY DOES ANYTHING TO STOP. IT IS SUCH A CONTRIDICTION TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR GENERATION AND HOW BAD IT WILL BE HEALTH WISE, BUT TO HAVE A MCDONALDS ON EVERY CORNER WITH A LIQUOR STORE RIGHT NEXT TO IT. WHAT ARE THE CHANGES THAT THE OFFICALS OF THIS SOCIETY ARE TRYING TO MAKE? I DEFINITELY DON’T HAVE THE ANSWER.

 

SINCE A VERY YOUNG AGE I HAVE BEEN EATING HEALTHY BECAUSE OF THE NUMEROUS ALLERGIES THAT I HAD. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE GROWN OUT OF MOST OF THESE ALLERGIES I STILL FOLLOW THE SAME EATING HABITS. HEALTHY FOOD TASTES GOOD AND ALSO IS GOOD FOR YOU. THERE ARE THINGS THAT YOU CAN FIND IN HEALTH FOOD STORES THAT TASTES JUST AS GOOD AS FOOD WITH HIGH SUGAR AND CALORIE NUMBERS. FOR EXAMPLE, A DRIN K THAT IS EASY TO MAKE AT HOME IS A HEALTHY SODA. ALL YOU NEED IS YOUR FAVORITE JUICE AND A BOTTLE OF CLUB SODA. MIX THEM TOGETHER AND YOU WILL HAVE SOMETHING JUST AS GREAT AS SPRITE. IT WILL HAVE YOU BURPING JUST THE SAME.

 

IN THE COMMUNITY THAT I LIVE IN THERE ARE MORE STORES SUCH AS SAFEWAY THAT CARRY ONLY SOME HEALTHY FOODS, THAN STORES SUCH AS WHOLE FOODS THAT CARRY ALL HEALTHY FOOD . IN SAFEWAY THERE IS A SPECIFIC SECTION FOR THE HEALTHY FOOD THAT THEY CARRY, I BELIEVE THAT IT IS CALLED SAFEWAY ORGANICS, EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE STORE IS CALLED THE “OTHER” FOOD. IN WHOLE FOODS THE ENTIRE STORE IS FILLED WITH HEALTHY FOOD.  THIS IS A PLACE WHERE HEALTHY FOOD IS CONSIDERED A GOOD THING AND IS NOT LOOKED AT AS DIFFERENT.

 

FOR YOUTH RADIO I’M SHELBY WILLIAMS. YOU CAN LISTEN TO THIS COMMENTARY AND MORE AT WWW.YOUTHRADIO.ORG

 

1 Comment »

  1. coreclass said

    i use to be all about fast food until a year ago that i decided to eat more healthy and my body feels different in a good way.

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