Eating this way can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease and should be prevented as quickly as possible. Eating healthy and weight loss benefits health overall for people who have diabetes. Children in schools should be taught to eat healthy so they do not have to grow up and have these inconvenient, serious, health problems. However, diabetes is not the only health headache to worry about. “A study in 2007 found that eating processed meat increased the risk of getting bowel cancer.” (BuzzFeed) If people just ate less than seventy grams of processed meat per week there would be four thousand fewer cases of bowel cancer.
Even though American children are overweight or obese, fast food companies still continue to aim unhealthy food to children. For the most part, food that is aimed at these children is high in sugar, and fat, and is not beneficial to their developing bodies. Food advertisement companies use creative strategies in food promotion, such as characterization, animation, humor, and themes. They focus on using appeals and messages that are attracting to children. When children see a certain advertisement that is pertaining to food and play, they assimilate it faster than we know.
The largest fast food company in the world is McDonald’s and they use all types of marketing techniques to target children to buy their food. One of ... ... middle of paper ... ...y has become a predominant problem in today’s society and especially in young children. Precautions need to be taken to ensure the health of the children and future generations. Restrictions or bans should be made to limit the advertisement towards children because they are being influenced to eat food that is not healthy and overtime can deteriorate someone’s health. Parents should also teach their kids to eat healthy or to not eat fast-food excessively.
Fast food companies want to teach children to associate fast food with comfort and warmth. So much that these eating habits can be continued as they become adults. Unfortunately these associations can lead to addiction to junk food. Since most fast food contains a chemical that kids aren 't capable of resisting. A child 's brain no match for the combination of caffeine & opiates in food.
Schools need to focus on producing not only smart kids, but healthy ones as well. Kids rely on their schools to provide them with a nutritional meal, but often times are given unhealthy meals that lead to the obesity epidemic. Therefore, junk food should be banned in schools. There is no avoiding junk food advertisements because it shows up on social media, TVs, radios, vending machines, billboards, logos, etc. Companies spend on average $148 million a year on advertising in schools in commercials, equipment, vending machines, and rewards programs.
One way that fast food effects obesity is by advertising their products to children (Miller). In her article Food Advertising Contributes to Obesity, Patti Miller explains that the fast food companies are targeting kids and teenagers by advertising on television. The fast food advertisements are promoting unhealthy products as acceptable food which influences children to choose those meals. The American Psychological Association, an organization focused on improving the lives of individuals, expressed that with the exposure of different fast food commercials, children request to purchase these unhealthy products and cause the parents to be influenced by these requests. This concludes the idea that once children are encouraged by the commercials, they opt to consume the fast food advertised on television.
Fast food chains marketing to children For years fast food chains has tried to market to children trying to lure them in to buying their product. They use different types of marketing strategies in order to get kids to want their product. Parents don’t realize the negative effects of their kids eating fast food during their devilment stages. These companies are making millions of dollars marketing to children, and are not concerned about the well being of the children. Fast food chains should not be marketing to children, because it has a negative effect on children’s health, kids are not old enough to fully understand how bad fast food is for them, and marketing to children is part of the reason the childhood obesity rates are so high.
Abuse from Fast Food Children today are suffering from both verbal and physical abuse, but a form of child abuse that is being overlooked is feeding children fast food on a regular basis. The leading cause of obesity in America is bad nutrition, and part of the cause of bad nutrition is the fast food industry. People do not realize how bad fast food actually is for the body, it creates bad habits for children by allowing them to think putting poison in their body is okay. Continually feeding fast food to children is abuse because of the sugar intake, weight gain and mental problems the fast food brings. McDonalds is one of the world’s largest fast food chains, feeding many people for low prices.
Mary Lowth says a solution to obesity would include “putting food out of sight, diet, exercise and skipping de... ... middle of paper ... ...he lives of employers (Reinert, 2012). Conclusion Obesity is a steadily growing problem for Americans, especially for American children. Fast food indirectly affects the eating habits and obesity of people in the United States. There are several reasons of increasing popularity of fast food but it is a fact that fast food is not very healthy and balanced food. By avoiding such food one can easily get enough energy to exercise and cut the high-density foods.
Even America’s view point on serving sizes of meals served at these fast food chains goes way beyond a healthy lifestyle that everyone wants. Mortality rates related to obesity among people in high populated areas have increased due to fast food. Simply because the products being developed within the fast food chain market are unhealthy. Doctor Joshy states, “Relationship of BMI to all-cause mortality. These results and those of other studies indicate that a BMI of 22.5–24.99 kg/m2, not the broad “overweight” category of 25–29.99 kg/m2, was associated with the most favorable mortality risk because of bad eating habits” (Joshy).