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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Sara LUSA, Oct. 10, 2013

Obesity is becoming a HUGE issue in the US, with 65% of Americans overweight and 30% classified as obese. 65% of Americans are overweight, with over 30% being classified as obese. How do those numbers compare to the rest of the world? According to Nation Master, Mexico comes in to second place with 24% of it’s population classified as obese. America’s other neighbor, Canada, comes in with a much smaller obese population of 14%. European countries are drastically less obese than America: Spain, Ireland, and England have an obesity rate of 13%, and countries such as Switzerland, France, Denmark, Italy and Belgium range between 7 and 9%. Japan and South Korea have the lowest obesity rates, each with a small 3%.
America’s portion sizes are larger than the rest of the worlds, with more caloric dense foods. In American-ized=Super-sized, Larry Linder reveals that study after study have shown when people migrate to the United States, they gain weight. The average is 5 to 9 pounds within weeks of moving to America. According to the article, Lillian Cheung, PhD, RD, director of the Eat Well and Keep Moving Program at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition, gained around 30 to 40 pounds in her first year in America. Not only are our portion sizes larger, our foods often have the inability to fill us up with smaller amounts because they are high in calories and low in nutrition. Combine the poor nutrition with portion sizes and overeating is almost inevitable.

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  • Betsy f-usa Betsy f-usa Oct. 10, 2013
    This is really interesting. I read a book called The Omnivore's Dilemma in eighth grade and it focused on the issue of obesity in America and the importance of healthy living. Also, the book called to attention the affect our eating habits have on the environment. I was amazed that things I eat every day, such as granola bars or cookies, actually have a negative affect on the environment. People don't realize that all packaged foods have a negative effect on the environment.
  • Tamia Y-USA Tamia Y-USA Oct. 16, 2013
    Hello, I am also from the U.S. as well, California to be exact, and I totally agree with you that America does have a problem with the highest rate of obesity. Children my age have a high risk of health problems such as heart diseases. Poor choices with food and dietary habits which leads to being over weight affects the physical activity among children and adults. We should look to Asia as an example to improve our health. All prices in Japan are higher in food and transportation so there's more physical activity and less food consumption. Along with America, Spain and Ireland also have high obesity rates. American food portions are larger and we have much higher sugar in our food which leads to higher calorie counts. American has larger plates and bowls which makes us think that we need to fill them up and we over eat. In Japan there are smaller bowls and plates. They eat all their food where we just have some left over because we over stuff ourselves and throw it away afterwards.

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Michelle Morton, May 7, 2013

Hello everyone! My name is Michelle, I am from the United State, and I live in Mooresville, North Carolina, and I am 17 years old. My carbon footprint is 10, 529kg of CO2 per year. My footprint is actually below average for my country, which surprised me. I thought I would be at least average, if not more, when it came to our overall footprints. My highest is my home energy, which is 5,151 kg of CO2 per year. This high number comes the water that we use and the amount of time that we use lights in our house. To decrease the size of my carbon footprint I could decrease the amount of time I spend in the shower, remembering to turn off lights when I leave a room, and only using the amount of lights necessary for the house.

Michelle Morton
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  • Yosr Abdel Bary Yosr Abdel Bary May 7, 2013
    Your recommendations are really useful, considering the fact that most of the time we leave lights turned on around our houses and we don't even know it which affects our Carbon Footprint negatively, as well as that you are completely right decreasing time spent in the shower. Not only that but we could also make sure that we don't leave the water running when we are brushing our teeth!
  • Dimitrios Theodoridis Dimitrios Theodoridis May 8, 2013
    Most of the waste energy in a home comes from every thing that radiates energy such as hot water, kitchen, lights, heating. If you try to reduce them and all the others you have mentioned then you will manage to save a lot of energy. Also, you could use solar panels or replace light bulbs with Fluorescent light bulbs.

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Grace R-USA, Nov. 14, 2012

On my carbon footprint I was very surprised to find my results were pretty bizarre. My transportation footprint was very high which I don’t understand because I thought I drove just as much as the next person, but apparently not. I agree with my purchases being very low because I don’t buy clothes that often and when I do, I usually go to a thrift store or get hand-me-downs. Also, my home energy and food is around average, maybe a little low, because we do use the AC and heater, but only sometimes, if anything. And my family eats average amounts of food and I would say our carbon footprint is about average. I see that in the USA, we use the most resources and have the most carbon impact on our earth, and I believe that. US Americans use a lot and I guess we don’t really conserve as much as we could. All of our carbon footprints should be below average to make our earth a better place.

Grace R-USA

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Discussions Discussion Wanderlust
Mauro De Giorgi, Jan. 4, 2012

RoadTrip America is here to help you to plan your road trips and share your roadtripping passion and expertise with others. “On the road and online” since 1996, RoadTrip America offers advice, inspiration, resources, and camaraderie to all those who hear the call of the open road. ”

Mauro De Giorgi

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Discussions Discussion Occupy Wall Street” Protests
Andrew P, Nov. 7, 2011

Calling on all Americans to want less and aspire to more. Stop whining about the politicians and Join the American Dream Movement. Or start your own neighborhood initiative to help build a greater America.


Andrew P

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Discussions Discussion Dialects of the World
Jenny Rothberg, Oct. 29, 2011

Is Proper English Dying? And Should Us Care? — English is ubiquitous. It has an estimated 1.5 billion speakers. In China alone, 400 million people are currently actively learning English, or nearly a third of the population. So, in a few years, China will have more English-speakers than America. But learning English isn’t the same as knowing English, and knowing English isn’t the same as being able to speak good, or even intelligible English… A superb article from the WSJ on the evolution of of the English language

Jenny Rothberg

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Discussions Discussion Models for Education in the 21st Century
Megan McCausland, April 19, 2011

This article features ten schools that are all, in very different ways, teaching like it’s the 21st century.

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