Sunday, October 3, 2010

A negative image of America is the populations obesity levels.
America is one of the richest countries in the world, in-spite of this Americans are some of the unhealthiest people in the world. Even though America has great economic power and technological advancement, the country also has the smallest fund of practical nutritional knowledge.
America is known as the most obese nation in the world. American’s are perceived as leading unhealthy life styles, using their cars to go everyone rather than walking short distances to shops. Food outlets are mainly fast food chains serving up large portions of junk food such as burgers and hot dogs.
When visiting many places of entertainment in America, from theme parks to baseball games, the main choice of food and beverages are high in calories. Children are growing up believing chicken nuggets, hot dogs or burgers washed down with fizzy drinks are the main staple of food when eating out. An evening at the pictures is not complete without a large box of popcorn and a large fizzy drink. Americans demand value for money, and so portions are not small. An average portion served in America would be considered as large in most other countries.
This has led to a negative image of America as a country which allows it’s citizen’s to lead an unhealthy and lazy lifestyle and perceived as doing little to reverse the trend.
The world looks on worriedly, as they know that America influences other countries and that ‘what happens in America today, happens in other countries over the next 5-10 years’

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