He recalls, “My parents were split up…my mom working long hours to pay the monthly bills. Lunch and dinner, for me, was a daily choice between McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Pizza Hut.” Zinczenko probably understands better than most why these overweight children would feel that they are not to blame for their obesity. They didn’t have any choice but to eat what was available to them; it was either go out to eat with the money provided by hard-working parents, or go without lunch or dinner that day. Zinczenko points out that as a nation, obesity isn’t just the problem of the person it is affecting, it’s everyone’s problem. Obesity-caused diabetes in children and teenagers is skyrocketing, as are the costs of treating diabetes.
According to some of my friends, their parents buy more unprocessed and local foods rather than the usual processed foods (Mei, Murray). There could also be children, or teens, whose parents simply don’t allow them to eat at a fast-food restaurant quite often. Unfortunately, according to the table below McDonald’s seems to be the fast-food chain restaurant that is targeting the youth the most (see table 1). Nowadays, many parents tend to take their kids to a fast-food restaurant simply because it’s easier and faster to order food then it is to cook an entire meal (Murray). Not only is eating out, or at least take out, efficient, but it’s also less stressful on the parents.
Some people are still wondering if there are others to blame for the rise. There are many calories and not enough nutrition in fast food restaurant food. These calorie foods and lack of nutrition can play a part in childhood obesity. Fast food restaurants need to work with parents to come up with nutritional and low calorie meals. There are many ways that a parent can work with fast food restaurants to make sure their children are getting a well-balanced nutritional meal.
Rarely people wanted those options because the burgers were soy burgers and the pizza would always feel hard and cold. At Indiana State in the entree lines they served the same items almost every day. Every once in a while the menu may be different, but majority of the time the same food was served every day. Nearly all people get tired of eating the same food over and over for an entire school year. Another option might be to go eat from a fast food restaurant in the commons, but one might not want to eat
Obesity is the second most harmful conditions in the United States today. The growing issue is creating a lasting impression on individuals, communities, and even nation wide. Next to tobacco use, which is declining, obesity is the second most cause for deaths among adults under the age of seventy in the U.S. Obesity causes several health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol, asthma, sleep apnea, gallstones, kidney stones, infertility, and as close as eleven types of cancers. Not only does it affect the health of the person, it affects their social and emotional feelings including discrimination, low quality in life, and the susceptibility to depression. Obesity also has an impact on the economy, the nation's productivity and even the national defense.
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He further explains how fast food restaurants like McDonalds targets mainly children by having hundreds of advertisements mainly targeting children every year. Children convince their parents to take them to the places advertised, the parents take them to keep their children happy. The children end up enjoying these unhealthy foods causing health issues because these additives causes obesity, diabetes and even brain damage. Amy M. Bernhardt emphasizes that 79% of 25,000 fast food advertisements aired on just four channel... ... middle of paper ... ...-. N.p., n.d.
Cakes, cheese curls, potato chips, and many other salty, sweet snacks were a few of my favorite treats to eat when I got home from school. My family would always stock up on snacks to make me happy. I remember having soda with every meal. It wasn 't that my parents were feeding me unhealthy food, for I would usually end up sneaking food whenever I could find the chance. I would still be fed breakfast, lunch, and dinner by my family until I turned nine years old.
Although the fast food industry is a largely linked to the growth of child obesity, they can not solely take the blame. A child is ten times more likely to become obese if his or her parent is obese. This is due to a combination of genetic factors and social environment the child has been accustomed to. Parents have the responsibility to teach their children that it’s not ok to eat fast food regularly. After all, the parents are the ones who buy the fast food for their children and drive the family to the restaurants.