Wednesday, May 11, 2011
As you can see, everything in the economy has an effect on everything. As you read through the previous posts you can see that one thing led to another which led to another. You may not think that when you grab a burger or go out to dinner that you're doing anything harmful, but really it is. The biggest harm is your health and your wallet. Fast food and restaurants make their food taste good by adding fatty, sugary substances. This also makes you want to come back, spending way more money on food than necessary. The way Americans spend their money and don't spend affect our economy greatly. So next time you're thinking about going out to eat, consider a home cooked meal.
A positive of the fast food industry is that it provides jobs to millions. Allowing unskilled workers to work behind the counter at minimum wage is what most fast food restaurants offer. It's great that more people have jobs, but the low paying salaries allows no room for advancement in the economy. Roughly 3.5 million people are employed in the fast food industry. That's a lot of people. With the high numbers of people making minimum wage, no wonder no one can afford anything anymore. People work to make money, but what if they're not making enough in order to live without getting help from the government. Maybe it's time to increase minimum wage again? Once again, everything is just one big cycle.
Because the government is providing health insurance for all people that can not afford it they have to tax the people in order to provide medicaid. Although this program is helping many people, it may be causing more problems. Because of the tax increase, things are more expensive, yet people still don't have a lot of money. This may be another factor to why people are going into debt and can't afford health insurance on their own. It's all one big cycle. One thing affects another. So if everyone budgeted their money more wisely, the good things would start to affect the bad things.
Our government has decided to provide medical insurance for families not able to afford the proper insurance needed. A lot of the reason we need health insurance is because they help us pay for the high medical bills as our health decreases. If people were able to stay healthy, health insurance wouldn't be in such a high that it is now. It's great that the government provides this to people in our society, but if families budgeted their money better they might be able to afford their own insurance. Not eating out, staying healthy and reducing health related problems that are costly are all ways to save money. By providing medicaid to more and more people increases taxes across America, this greatly affects many.
As we know, our economy is struggling and many people in our society are in debt. There are many factors that go into people's money problems, but one's health is a big one. The more we spend on food, and eating out, the less money we have have to pay for important things, such as house and car payments. According to the USDA, “overweight or obese people are more likely than those at normal weight to have medical problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.” The total annual cost of obesity was an estimated $117 billion in 2000. Because obesity causes so many health problems people struggle to pay for the constant medical bills required to keep them alive.
Obviously, we all know that eating out is more unhealthy than eating at home. Then why do so many continue to do it? Because it tastes good! Restaurants are there to make money, so they load their food with butter, oil, lard, and cream to make it taste better. Families and children remember the good food and return, night after night. Eating habits like this are terrible examples for children to grow up around. Eating out should be a treat, not a regular occurance. The fatty foods that so many Americans consume daily cause obesity, diabetes, and so many other things that are detrimental to our health.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Even though families are going out together, it is in a different environment than at home. Sitting around the family kitchen table allows time for bonding and talking. Two important things in every relationship. Kids that are deprived of this miss a vital part of being in a family. Time around the table allows for a family to share about their day, upcoming schedules, and for parents to know more about their kids. A recent study says that teens that have at least five family meals a week have shown to have better grades. It is also found that teens having family dinners were 42 percent less likely to drink alcohol, 59 percent less likely to smoke cigarettes, and 66 percent less likely to try marijuana. There are many positive effects to eating at home around a table with your family, so try it!