Fast Food Epidemic"Fast...

Fast Food Epidemic "Fast food has become a major part of the American diet, and a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals just how many adults eat it." How does this affect youths and adults around the country? https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/03/health/fast-food-consumption-cdc-study/index.html

Should We Lower the Drinking Age?

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Although the legal drinking age in the US is 21 years old, studies and statistics have shown that the consumption of alcohol by people under the age of 21 years old is extremely common.  In fact, 2017 studies and surveys by multiple sources reported that more than 40% of underage people surveyed claimed to have consumed alcohol on numerous occasions.  Underage drinking could lead to issues in cognitive development, memory retention, and social problems.  Although only 40% of people surveyed admitted to consuming alcohol underage, we see way more than 40% of students underage

Youth Drug Epidemic

"Research has shown that the key risk periods for drug abuse are during major transitions in children’s lives. The first big transition for children is when they leave the security of the family and enter school. Later, when they advance from elementary school to middle school, they often experience new academic and social situations, such as learning to get along with a wider group of peers. It is at this stage—early adolescence—that children are likely to encounter drugs for the first time."

Obesity

Obesity is one of the major issues plaguing this country. Despite our incredible education, opportunity for wage growth, and even our access to healthy food, this country struggles with weight gain. Michigan ranked 16th nationally in obesity, and for the sake of the youth in this state, Michigan needs to find a way to get healthier. What is the severity, in your opinion, of the obesity epidemic in this country? How is it impacting Michigan? How can we solve this issue and provide healthier lives for the youth?

Fast Food Epidemic"Fast...

Fast Food Epidemic "Fast food has become a major part of the American diet, and a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals just how many adults eat it." How does this affect youths and adults around the country? https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/03/health/fast-food-consumption-cdc-study/index.html

Should We Lower the Drinking Age?

Jonathan Green's picture

Although the legal drinking age in the US is 21 years old, studies and statistics have shown that the consumption of alcohol by people under the age of 21 years old is extremely common.  In fact, 2017 studies and surveys by multiple sources reported that more than 40% of underage people surveyed claimed to have consumed alcohol on numerous occasions.  Underage drinking could lead to issues in cognitive development, memory retention, and social problems.  Although only 40% of people surveyed admitted to consuming alcohol underage, we see way more than 40% of students underage

Youth Drug Epidemic

"Research has shown that the key risk periods for drug abuse are during major transitions in children’s lives. The first big transition for children is when they leave the security of the family and enter school. Later, when they advance from elementary school to middle school, they often experience new academic and social situations, such as learning to get along with a wider group of peers. It is at this stage—early adolescence—that children are likely to encounter drugs for the first time."

Obesity

Obesity is one of the major issues plaguing this country. Despite our incredible education, opportunity for wage growth, and even our access to healthy food, this country struggles with weight gain. Michigan ranked 16th nationally in obesity, and for the sake of the youth in this state, Michigan needs to find a way to get healthier. What is the severity, in your opinion, of the obesity epidemic in this country? How is it impacting Michigan? How can we solve this issue and provide healthier lives for the youth?

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