Television Corrupting the World
I can remember when I was younger, coming home from school into the house to change clothes and head back out the door to play. Any entertainment I received was what I experienced outside. When I came into the house, I was able to watch very little television. The most television I was able to watch was on Saturday mornings and it was cartoons. Today, the young and old come home and the first thing they do is turn on the television set. According to a survey done by Emory H. Woodard and Natalia Grindina, “on average, people are watching over 51 hours of television- that is five hours a day of TV on average for the last quarter of the year. Teenagers (12 to 17) spend 103 hours watching TV a month, whereas senior citizens (65 or older) spend 207 hours”(Media in the home) With the slumping economy, people are forced to stay at home to conserve resources. Although there are plenty of economical alternatives people could do, the world would much rather increase their television watching. Television is not the basic programs that were aired even a decade ago. There are now programs called reality television. Maryann Haggerty quoted, “In the blink of an eye, it seems, reality television has become a certifiable global pop-culture phenomenon.” There are currently over 200 reality television shows broadcasting all over the world. Any given subject can be found on television. You can watch a program from cooking, to life of a teen mother. With all the hours spent on watching such shows, I feel television has corrupted the world. Television is causing people to become, overweight; teens are using television as role models, and the world is using television for instant gratification.
A decade ago, the average size person was a size 8-10. Today, the average person is a size 14. More kids are developing early onset diabetes. Although there are several reasons for this to happen, the main reason is time spent watching television ignoring physical activity. There are shows now that promote healthy ways to lose weight and improve yourself, but if you are in front of the TV watching, then you are not being active. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a position paper in February 2001 which noted its research has shown that, "Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the messages conveyed through television, which influence their perceptions and behaviors. Many younger children cannot discriminate between what they see and what is real. Research has shown primary negative health effects on behavior; nutrition, dieting, and obesity; and substance use and abuse patterns”. The television has become an alternative to play activity. When sitting in front of the television, you start to nibble on all types of food without being aware of it. This allows you to increase calorie induction during non mealtime hours and burn few. The whole process of watching television is not an active one. In my youth you could burn extra calories just by chasing down the ice cream truck that came into the neighborhood while outside playing. Food producers manufacture food today that is quick and easy to cook just so you don’t have to spend much time and effort in the kitchen and lose vital television time. The commercials on TV show more food advertisements than years past. This triggers your brain to want to eat. Television does not promote a healthy lifestyle. Junk food advertising can be viewed with regularity on TV. Most likely, the diet accompanying TV watching is high in sugar, fat, and calories along with being low in nutritional value. The American Heart Association shows that most ads during high child viewing hours are for sugary breakfast cereals, candy snacks, and fast food. Lack of nutrients and vitamins in foods increases the chances for illness and disease while simultaneously decreases the body’s ability to maintain a healthy vigorous lifestyle due to malnutrition. That is why the nation is more...
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