“Before 1994, diabetes in children was generally caused by a genetic disorder — only about 5 percent of childhood cases were obesity-related, or Type 2, diabetes. Today, according to the National Institutes of Health, Type 2 diabetes accounts for at least 30 percent of all new childhood cases of diabetes in this country.”
“I tend to sympathize with these portly fast-food patrons, though. Maybe that’s because I used to be one of them.”
“But where, exactly, are consumers — particularly teenagers — supposed to find alternatives? Drive down any thoroughfare in America, and I guarantee you’ll see one of our country’s more than 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants. Now, drive back up the block and try to find someplace to buy a grapefruit.”
“Kids taking on McDonald’s this week, suing the company for making them fat. Isn’t that like middle-aged men suing Porsche for making them get speeding tickets?”
Siblings relationships are some of the longest and most influential relationships we will be apart of throughout our lives. Whether or not your relationship with your siblings was filled with conflict can effect conflict in later romantic relationships. In a study done by Shalash, Wood, and Parker, revealed that specific types of conflict that are common in sibling relationships during childhood and adolescence are often the same types of conflict seen in future adult romantic relationships. Their study involved data from a hundred and forty four cases and each participant was given a questionnaire to fill out concerning their relationship with their closest sibling. They found that the highest correlation was found with avoid and attack conflict styles.
As the youngest child in my family, I have had a relationship with my siblings for my entire life. I also have a brother and a sister so I have experience with siblings of both genders. Both of my siblings have left the house for university and their departure and my reaction to it leaves me questioning how these relationships have effected me for the rest of my adult life.
Imagine you’re the baby of the family. You’ve looked up to your siblings your whole life, following their lead and admiring every action they do. And suddenly, the people that you’ve looked up to your whole life, are gone. Disappeared. they left you for bigger and better things, university. You’ve never had to fend for yourself, you’ve always had someone to defend you and look out for you but now you’re left to your own devices.
Having a sibling move to another continent to attend university is emotionally painful. It’s like loosing an arm, something that has been part of you all your life.