Before it can be gone into detail about how fast food companies are to blame for people over eating their food, it first must be proven that fast food is indeed the main problem causing today's obesity in America. It is known to many people how the number of fast food restaurants in America has increased tremendously over the past several decades, but it is difficult to calculate by how much due to the lack of historic statistics. Also, it is difficult whether or not to categorize certain restaurants as fast food. Although, a good way to get a feel on the growth of the fast food industry is to take a look at McDonald's, which has been America's most popular fast food chain for decades. In 1968 McDonald's open its 1,000th American restaurant. This number has increased to 13,800 restaurants in 2011 (McDonald’s 1), which really shows how much more fast food people are consuming compared to the past. Consider th...
Cutler, Glaeser, Shapiro wrote a journal in 2003 that described how America had increased its obesity though out the years. He described that in early years 1960’s; families would prepare, cook, and eat at home; spending hours cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. Decades later those same meals could be prepared in half the time. This became possible due to mass preparation by food manufactures. With new innovations, processed foods were packaged, frozen, and artificially flavored with improved preservatives. This obviously made it easy for anyone who was hungry to find something quick to eat. This led to an individual’s increase in quantity and variety of foods that can be consumed. By the 1970’s obesity elevated to 14%, and the classification of obesity was on its way (Cutler, Glaeser, Shapiro). In this same theory is how many Americans become obese; they consume more frequent calories than needed. Today more than one third of Americans adults and about 17% of youth are obese (“Adult Obesity”). The sales of fast food has also more than double today than in the 1970’s (Greenblatt). “Obesity is one of the fastest growing...
Obesity has become an epidemic in today’s society. Today around 50% of America is now considered to be over weight. Fast-food consumption has been a major contributor to the debate of the twenty-first century. Chapter thirteen, titled “Is Fast-Food the New Tobacco,” in the They Say I Say book, consists of authors discussing the debate of fast-food’s link to obesity. Authors debate the government’s effects on the fast-food industry, along with whether or not the fast-food industry is to blame for the rise in obesity throughout America. While some people blame the fast food industry for the rise in obesity, others believe it is a matter of personal responsibility to watch what someone eats and make sure they get the proper exercise.
Obesity, often heard when describing the physical aspects of the average American, has swept across the United States like an epidemic over the past decade. With fifteen percent of Americans being considered obese in the 1990's, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese nowadays, it is obvious that this problem has been spiraling out of control (Trinko). Thus, both politically and socially there has been a great push to slow the detritus trend, and to do so, the main causes of obesity must be identified. The fast food industry has been donned the one to blame especially since "[a]bout 44 cents of every dollar spent on food is for meals eaten away from home.. [and]... Fast-food restaurants, offering a wide variety of high-calorie, high-fat menu items, are springing up everywhere" (Hensrud). Furthermore, health enthusiasts and even the government has stepped in to limit the products that they sell in an effort to slow down obesity. Indeed although it is human nature for us to have a scapegoat for our own difficulties when others around us are doing the same, America has taken it too far when it comes to blaming the fast food industry for obesity in the US.
Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Print.
In conclusion, we can make out several distinct causes to the obesity explosion we are currently in: easy access to food, preservation techniques, and new food technology to name a few. Another import aspect, however, is our food culture and the public zeitgeist surrounding dieting. As a society, we are partly responsible for the eating habits of the overweight and obese and the associated costs in health care and life expectancy that it entails. We can draw several possible solutions from other nations such as France that emphasize healthy eating and turn eating into a skill worth developing. But whatever the reason for our obesity may be, we need to start looking for ways to return ourselves to the healthy lifestyles of our past nation.
Over the course of the last few decades, the U.S. has seen a drastic rise in the spread of obesity. Through the rise of large-scale fast food corporations, the blame has shifted toward the mass consumerism of these global industries. It is, however, due to poor lifestyle choices that the U.S. population has seen a significant increase in the percentage of people afflicted with obesity. In 1990 the percentage of obese people in the United States was approximated at around 15%. In 2010, however, it is said that “36 states had obesity rates of 25 percent or higher”(Millar). These rates have stayed consistent since 2003. The obesity problem in America is