Emotional Eating vs Nutrition
By Brandi Oliver
Many foods have high amounts of sugars and fats, therefore making them bad for the human body. I have a few ways to motivate myself to eat healthier. I use ways like finding a flaw and working to fix it. I set goals for myself and try my best to aim for that goal and I don’t stop until I accomplish it.
Many teens overlook how much sugar and fat are actually in the foods they eat. When I’m around my friends, and I see them eat something unhealthy, I try to point out the nutrition label and help them realize the toxins they’re about to put in their body.
One of my friends is currently trying to lose weight with a nationally recognized diet plan. She is basically addicted to sugary food items and drinks. As soon as she wakes up in the morning, she goes downstairs for a snack. That snack is usually cookies or fruit snacks. When she is doing her diet program, she usually drinks the shakes with a meal like dinner or lunch, instead of using it as a meal replacement, which is it’s intended role in helping you lose weight.
I try to explain to her how the diet works and the food she eats isn’t good for her. As a result of her eating habits, she has continued to gain weight while on this diet plan, and continues to be naïve on how she keeps gaining the weight. Many junk food companies try to lure in kids with flashy commercials, or decorations on their boxes. The food industry is going after the most gullible customers: the kids. This causes bad eating habits to start at a young age, and makes them hard to get rid of as they grow older.
Soda is the number one culprit.
My favorite soda brand has me addicted. If I don’t have one for a while, I get this feeling as if my body is weak and is craving the sugary carbonation contained in my beverage of choice. After taking an anatomy class, and seeing how badly carbonated beverages can ruin your body, I have limited my soda intake drastically. Taking a class of some sort to show you the actual damage that sugar and fats can do to your body has better helped me understand. I think America needs to take away the flashy commercials and colorful ads to help the obesity rate go down.