American Influence

by maxime.rousseau on November 13, 2013 - 10:20pm


Many North Americans think they are the center of the world and that everybody wants to be like them. They think that their lifestyle is the best due to the high quality of life; but is it true? Is people in poorer country really wants this? I will discuss about it through 2 articles I found.


My first article is really interesting. It comes from the international institute for sustainable development so it is a reliable source and the data in it. The topic of the article is ESCOs or Energy Service Companies in developing countries. These companies are corporations from developed countries who come to poor countries and providing them energy. They are helping the countries’ economy and surprisingly, they are working to reduce the counties’ gas emission and energy efficiency. This is interesting to see how a corporation can actually provide a lot of positive aspects in the society. It is different of our multinationals that we have in North America like McDonalds or Wal-Mart.


The second article is a research on obesity in under-developed countries (in this case Guatemala). It is a peer reviewed so their information is reliable. They compared their socioeconomic situation with their body composition (stunted, underweight, overweight and obese). They saw that people tends to be more and more obese. The middle class, who were in the past more underweighted. Now they are more overweighed. The conclusion on the study and the cause: nutrition. This is because we implanted our culture of fast food and bad nutrition in their country and now they are changing in the way that we are. This can have terrific effects on them and health problems are only the top if the iceberg: there are also many economic and mental problems related to the implantation of our culture.


These two articles are similar because they relate the influence of the occidental world in other countries in development. It is interesting to see how we can influence them by only try to make money. We change completely their world, but what remains to prove either it is good or bad… I personally think that we must have a compromise in totally control their life and just exclude them. We should help them to be more developed but not to annihilate their culture. We could help them only financially and let the countries deal with the money and their own problems. A difference between the two articles is that one is about the culture( food) and the other is about the quality of life (energy). This may proves that we should interfere in some domains and remain passive in other domains.











1.     Ellis, Jennifer. "Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) in Developing Countries." Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) in Developing Countries. International Institute for Sustainable Development, 13 Nov. 2013. Web. 13 Nov. 2013


This is a high reliable source because the article come from a internationally known website(International Institute for Sustainable Development and the author works in this domain so she knows about it.




2.     Groeneveld, Iris F., Noel W. Solomons, and Colleen M. Doak. "Nutritional                        Status Of Urban Schoolchildren Of High And Low Socioeconomic Status In Quetzaltenango, Guatemala." Revista Panamericana De Salud Publica 22.3 (2007): 169-177. Academic Search Premier. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.



This article is peer-reviewed and come from ‘Revista Panamericana de Salud Publica’. It is a reliable source and authors of this article know the subject very well. The data is from a reliable research without things that can bias information

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