Throughout the ages, fast food has played a major role in our society in both positive and negative ways. It has boosted our economy and been a part of American and worldwide culture for decades. Despite all the positive effects fast food may have, the method of manufacturing fast food is often forgotten. The processed food is made with harmful bacteria and mixed meat that negatively is affecting America without many people realizing it. Companies are using clever advertising methods to reach out to young kids which does not only develop bad habits at a young age, but intoxicates their health as well.
For decades the Fast-food industry has supplied Americans with tasty, comforting food, quickly and for a low cost. It was not until recently, when the health craze first hit America in the late 1980’s that the corporations developed a new approach to marketing their food products to fit their customer’s wants. Even the most common fast food chains, such as McDonalds and Subway started advertising “healthier” food items on their menus to continue appealing to the general public. While fast food restaurants give the impression of offer healthy food, nutritionist studies show the healthy alternatives are not as nutritious as advertised and can lead to calorie underestimation and overconsumption (cite). In order to maintain significant market share of the industry, fast food companies must entice people of all ages and advertise alternative menu options, even if the nutrition content does not support the messaging.
Since the blame of obesity as fallen on the fast food industries the restaurants have made alternation to preparing the food to reduce calories. These alternations might seem healthier, but the fact is it is not. These foods contain trans fats from the factors that has prepared them for the fast food restaurants. Fatty acids are already injected into many of the products so alternating the menu to look healthy really doesn’t solve America obesity problem. Obesity is the main focus in America, but it is not t... ... middle of paper ... ...high cholesterol, killing their own heart with this famous fast food.
Another point of reason I would like to argue about is fast-food restaurants are everywhere and it is difficult for one to find any alternatives. I would also like to ask of the consumers to look at it from another view. There are many choices available to consumers each day some can do harm, while othe... ... middle of paper ... ...th all the info that I have given I hope that people may choose what is right and what is wrong so that the debate would be over in my own personal opinion the debate is stupid and the answer is obvious and I shall not say my own opinion. So who is truly to blame for the raising obesity in America: fast food restaurants or common laziness from the obese society? Works cited "Do Fast Food Restaurants Contribute to Obesity?"
* Typically, countries such as America are trying to become a healthier nation despite of what they are accustomed to. America has been conditioned to the lifestyle of eating fast foods and ultimately has became an important part of their culture. Fast food restaurants such as Mcdonalds, Burger King, and KFC represent the image of America from the views of foreign countries. Since fast food is becoming abundant in America, they have picked up the trend of eating not only three meals a day but now four. This is problem because of how unhealthy fast food is: “Fast food is an affordable and convenient way to fill yourself up when on the run.
Fast food is a factor people blame for causing the increase in obesity because of the innutritious foods, large portions, and drive thru convenience. The typical fast food restaurants do serve burgers, fries, fried chick, etc. which are high in salt, fat, and sugar, but they do offer healthier choices including salads, fruits and grilled chicken (Roizman). America runs on a consumer-producer economy which means the producer is only going to sell what the consumer buys. Most Americans do not have the self-control to stay away from the innutritious foods and eat the healthier choices; therefore restaurants sell more unhealthy choices.
Avoiding fast food is not always possible, so portioning meals can be helpful when fast food is the only option. This paper will not only discuss the pros and cons of eating fast food, but also the pros and cons of a home cooked meal and might even change a person’s mind. We all know fast food may be faster and easier than a home cooked meal, but the consequences of eating too much could potentially damage a person’s life. The number one reason people choose fast food over a home cooked meal is because it is fast (Hitti). Many families in today’s society cannot find the time to sit down and have a meal at home.
While fast-food restaurants should take some of the blame for the obesity epidemic, it’s ultimately the consumer’s choice to choose fast-food over healthier choices. Many different factors such as convenience, cost, and environmental factors, along with lack of exercise, are also contributors to the rising obesity rate in America. Whether people are willing to admit it or not, the desire for convenience is one of the main factors that leads to obesity. In today’s fast-food industry, it’s extremely hard to find food that isn’t “highly processed, full of fat, calories and sodium” (Muntel). While people are recommended to eat an average of 1,500-1,800 calories and around 50-60 grams of fat per day, one can easily take in a whole day’s worth of calories and fat in one fast-food meal.
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).