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Flora Troy
English 7x
Persuasive Essay: Healthy Eating

As of 2010, more than two in three adults are considered to be overweight or obese. Simple obesity in children ages three to fifteen is connected with family and environmental factors, including incorrect eating habits. In most cases, children have a bad role model for their eating habits that leads them down the wrong path. There is something not right here. If America is supposed to be a free country, why are so many imprisoned by the weight on their shoulders? It is not only hurting the victims of obesity, but the country as well. There are reports that obesity in America is now adding an astounding $190 billion to the annual national healthcare cost, now exceeding smoking as public health enemy number one when it comes to cost. The world needs to make a change. 
One might object that the food with all of the fat, sodium, sugar, and bad things in it tastes better. Or, once someone is on a path that has run out of forks in the road, they cannot do anything about it, except to head deeper and deeper into the forest. On the contrary, if the latter if the case, then they need to hike off trail until they meet another trail that meets their need and heads where they want to go. That hike will be the tougher journey, but at the end of the better path is paradise, and they are free to live their life. So, if you notice that the forest is on the path ahead, make the change. 
When food is put in the body that one knows is good for them, the body reacts like it just ate sunshine. Also, if somebody is feeling sick, eating a grilled chicken with vegetables is much better than another pint of ice cream. The occasional sweet is fine, anything in moderation is alright. However, too much of one thing is not good for you. Eating healthy is a hard thing to do, even for people who are not overweight or obese. The thing to remember is what the consequences are, life is on the line. 
Healthy food is medicine, while the other food is poison. The body can only handle so much poison before it begins to shut down. One in five deaths are related to excess weight. That is about 300,000 deaths a year. Being overweight can compromise health, shorten lives, and cause death. If one is overweight, the probabilities of developing some of the following diseases significantly increase. Some of the most common weight related diseases are, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol levels, cancer, back pain, skin infections, ulcers, and gallstones. About 
65 million adults and over 10 million children suffer from obesity. Along with that, the people that are overweight or obese have a better chance of getting other sicknesses because their immune system is down. Someone needs to stop these deaths. 
The mind and the body are very closely related. In addition to being bad for the heart, carrying excess weight may impair cognitive functions such as memory and attention. Losing weight, therefore, may help improve these mental functions. Also, as proven in The Biggest Loser, most weight problems revolve around a mental issue or some hardship that got that person into the bad state in the first place. One needs to genuinely want to change and have good motivation in order to really make the difference. This quote by Marianne Williamson sums it up: “Neither poor diet or lack of exercise are the cause of your excess weight. Mind is cause; body is effect. The cause of excess weight is in the mind.” Mental change comes first, then the physical change. 
There are a multitude of ways that we can solve this problem. First, people need to cook. This way, they can learn what really goes in and can manage portion size, allergies, dislikes, or any other problems. Sadly, there are five main reasons why people will not cook. Number one, "I can't cook." Yes they can; all they have to do is follow a tested recipe from places like Epicurious, Food Network, Martha Stewart, etc. and it is easy to make a great meal. If you are worried your egg technique or knife skills are not up to par? Just watch videos online and you have a great chef standing in the kitchen with you. Start simply, go slowly, and be okay with the occasional mess up. Number two, "I don't want to." You probably do not want to wash your dog or pay taxes, but cooking is a way of contributing to life and to your well being and the ones you love. Number three, "I don't have the time." The truth is, none of us do. We have school, work, and we need to sleep, eat, chill, or whatever. But take two or three hours of the 168 we get a week and make a stew or casserole to store for dinner for the week. This will actually save you time if you are really hungry one night and you don't want to wait for the delivery person to come just scoop and heat. Cooking becomes a habit very quickly when you have some staples in your pantry. Number four, "It is too expensive." Yes, most of it is too expensive. But when you find the jackpot of cheap, good ingredients, it is much better than that one dollar burger. There is a lack of vitamins and nutrients if you eat that drive thru meal every meal of every day. Number five, "I have better things to do." If you never want to feel the joy of showing what you made to friends and family, then go ahead and keep thinking that way. Or the personal pride of, "I made something amazing out of something so simple." That powerful feeling is one that you can only understand with the experience. 
Another way to decrease obesity is that everyone should be educated, then they can make the choice themselves. Also, if good role models for kids like pop stars, movie stars, or someone else kids admire, promoted genuine desire for healthy eating, the kids can have a positive future. The future of the world lies in the kid's hands. Lastly, support groups for those already diagnosed can reverse wrong turns and involve parents in their child's eating habits to enforce it in the home. These groups would help through education, motivation, celebration, and rededication to make the change. Some already exist, one including MEND. In addition to real people helping, there is always the alternative of online help programs. These websites help track what people are eating, and how much they are exercising. Overall, there is a big problem, and the world needs to work together to make that change.  

John Steinbeck face lift. 

On this project, I printed a very dark portrait of John Steinbeck that I went over in white colored pencil so that you could see the face in tones. 

Define pearl

This piece is a collection of pearls creating one large pearl. 
The following poem is a response to the poem by George Ella Lyon

I am from oil and water
from the road that never ends
I am from the new age of technology
and from the blank page
I am from the sunrise
I am from the jasmine grove
the Secret Garden. 

I'm from the pies and cookies
from Kona to New York
I'm from the song of the family
and the song of the evil
I'm from the hard-working bee. 
I'm from my parents
and that's just me.

The pearl

This pearl represents the story line of emotions in the book. Throughout the whole thing is a narrow path for Juana's sanity. 

John Steinbeck Portrait

I drew this portrait of John Steinbeck in Notability using the navy pen tool and the navy highlighter tool to add the shadow. 

Something I am proud of. 

Flora Troy

 I am very proud of my artwork. I use art as a form of controlled expression, and whenever I do it, I feel like something has been lifted off of me. Another thing that I love about the fine arts is that there is no end to your creativity, and I can always learn more or improve my technique. For example, my whole art career, I have neglected the portrait realm of my potential prowess. However, after many hours of frustration, I have made amazing progress. This proves that whenever I put my mind to something that may not necessarily one of my strengths, and really try to improve, I can do anything. Whenever I pick up a pencil, paints, or a brush, a rush of inspiration and peace flows through me like a wave. Without my art, I would be most likely be stressed and I simply would not be who I am today.


I woke up early in the morning with the chilled air surrounding me like a blanket. I looked out the window from my perch on the tall bed, and it was dark and silent. I had had trouble sleeping that night because something was tingling inside of me, maybe a some sort of good feeling, like a hope, or even a sparkle. To this day I don't know what change happened in the early hour of the morning.

All at once, I saw the golden burst of light shine brilliantly through the window of my room. The entire sky turned brilliant shades of blue, pink, red, and and purple, all the stars ran away into a far off land, as they do every night. Then, at that moment, I realized that that day was the twenty-fifth of December, Christmas. It was Christmas morning. My whole face brightened with the sun as it hit me. I looked over hoping to see my mom, but no, she was gone. I ran down the stairs to see the faces of my entire family, waiting for me. The greatest present I got that year, and every year, is not the temporary smile of getting, but the lifelong joy of giving.


Arthur is my eighteen-year-old brother who is sweeter than candy. Our relationship used to be a little rocky, and I did not appreciate how nice he really was. I think I saw him as the devil, or maybe just someone plotting against me. However, as the years went by and we both got older, I realized that he has taught me so much. He would sit down with me years ago and teach me eighth grade math, and he would make me understand it somehow. That was the days when I still thought that x was an actual number. He was really patient with me and is always, even still, a little too over protective. He is a major role model for me in the culinary world because, in my mind, he is even better than the greatest chefs in the world. Sometimes I think that he must know me better than I know myself. One thing I love about Arthur is that he always says things with confidence, even if he does not know the answer. He even throws out random, not always true, facts that support his argument. Arthur has a magical power of persuasion; he uses what he knows his opponent wants in his process of persuasion. But still, something about when I see him makes my heart reach and touch the sky, and I smile. Is it his crazy style of short shorts, crazy socks and sweaters? I do not know for sure, but it may just be Arthur, a sweet, caring, smart brother, who loves me very much.


Every summer for as long as I could remember, we have been going to a small resort in Hawaii called Kona Village. Even now, I can close my eyes and walk around, smell the dry dirt and warm sun of summer. The rocky sand enveloped my bare feet leading to the volcanic rock with many tide pools leading to the glassy ocean. The hollay we stayed at was named SM2. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit Japan and in response a large tsunami. That carried over to Hawaii, though not nearly as strong. Because Kona Village was so rustic and old fashioned, it got crushed. It will never reopen now,I can never go back to that place of perfect serenity and peace. Maybe I can never go back to my third home, but that is nothing compared to all the people that died that day. Over 18,000 people lost their life. I would loose Kona Village to save their lives any day, but sadly, both had to happen.


    Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.


    January 2014