It is absolutely heart wrenching to see parents not have enough food to feed their children. These parents do not even have enough food to feed themselves. Unfortunately, the price of living in the modern age is too high, the minimum wage is too low, and the price of fresh food is too high that a parent would rather buy chips over an apple just because the chips where cheaper. It’s sad. I knew about food insecurity before watching this movie, but I did not realize that it was to this extent that it is now. I was surprised by the information because in the movie it is said that 1 of 2 children in the United States in their childhood life will need food assistance, it is said that 1 in 3 children born in the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes. In this day and age, it is shocking, it’s shocking to see parents struggle and we as people, other human beings, try to help, just it is just not enough due to the sheer amount of people in poverty. I’m just surprised that people sank this low before the government noticed, the obvious factor in all of this is that parents cannot afford the price of fresh and healthy food due to their income. Since the 1980s the price of fresh food has skyrocketed, but with this came the decrease in the price of unhealthy processed food. The price of living needs to be changed.
Many things can be done to help change the issue at hand. The biggest I can think of is education. Education is key to helping people understand the dangers of overeating processed unhealthy foods such as chips or we can educate people on the extent that food insecurity has gotten to. If we were to change the education system to include the dangers of processed foods or the health benefits from eating a balanced diet, we could easily solve the matter of processed food. As well as changing the education system, they can also serve healthy alternatives to these processed foods in the cafeterias such as chips, cookies, pops, and fries. We can also change the minimum wage so that it is higher so younger parents can have healthier lives for both themselves and their children. The government can also help regulate the prices of agricultural products such as vegetables or fruits so that they are lower than the price of processed or unhealthy foods. The government can also make programs focused on encouraging people to eat healthier or they can educate parents about the dangers of eating high amounts of processed foods.