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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food" by Michael Moss
The article “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food” by Michael Moss takes a shocking look at the industry and science of junk food.  This article is about how Junk food is very addictive when eaten in large quantitities and the effects that this has on people.  Obesity is a very big  problem in this country and this article analyzes that. It is very important for people to understand what they are eating and how it will effect them personally.  The author of this piece is not saying that people should never have junk food but that it needs to be eaten in moderation and in a lesser quantity.  Some people who eat junk food become obese and clearly they are not heathy but other people remain at a healthy weight but their bodies are deteriorating on the inside.  It is very interesting that this article talked about the addictive nature of junk food.  Even though many people are aware of the harming qualities of junk food it is very hard for them to stop eating it because of the chemicals in the food.  
This article is very important for people to read because every day we make choices not to eat well and it is effecting us.  Parents stock up their houses with junk food because that is what their children want to eat and do not think anything of it.  However, they need to be made aware of what they are doing.  They are giving their kids food that they will become addicted to and give them poor eating habits for the rest of their lives.  People think that if it is in food and put on store shelves that it cannot be bad for consumption.  This is incorrect, however.  In many foods there are more chemicals then real food and people need to be aware of what they put into their bodies.  The statistics for obesity are very alarming, 1 in 3 adults and considered obese and 1 in 5 children are obese.  These numbers are higher than ever and need to be changes.  
I think that this article was very good at describing the industry and their reaction to obesity and what role they have to play with it.  However, as a high school student this article could have been a little shorter and more concise.  Detail is always good but they gave many extra details in this article that were not needed.  Overall I think that this article gives us a good look at childhood obesity and addictive foods.  

1 comment:

  1. I think you did a very good job summarizing the article. You were able to get the articles point across without taking up more than a few sentences. I also think you did a good job at incorporating the important statistics into your blog post. The major statistics such as "one in three adults are considered obese and one in five children" get across to the reader just how important of an issue this topic is. I also believe that you did a good job on presenting how important this issue is to people today, and how this issue affects many people. I am sure that some families can relate to when you said that "many parents stock their food with junk food, not thinking anything of it." When I was reading your blog post, I came across a few points that I had never learned before, such as the fact overall, junk food is addicting. I did not know this fact contributed to the chemicals put inside these foods. I also was unaware just how high the obesity rates are and I am happy I was able to read your blog post to find out. While I do believe your post was informative and well written, I believe you could have put in more information from the article directly to really prove the articles point. Nice job.