An individual does have responsibility for their dietary choices, but perhaps they cannot afford the expensive prices of healthier foods, so they have to turn to fast foods as a cheaper unhealthy way of eating. In my opinion, fast food is to blame for the rise in obesity because of the cheap prices, their locations, especially in low income neighborhoods, and poor advertising. Fast food chains attract thousands of consumers a day and continue to serve unhealthy food that is bad for the body. Frequent consumption of fast food can lead to serious health problems for the body. Obesity is associated with high blood sugar or diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke and disease (Rodrigo).
This essay will analyze America’s decision to choose a lousy diet or a great diet. Buying fast food rather than cooking a home cooked meal can be convenient and inexpensive for a plenty of families in America. However, when it comes to eating a meal nearly all people weigh the options of eating fast food, cooking, or buying processed food. In the long run, there could be a ton of consequences for choosing one option over the other. People health can become an issue since fast food contains an abundant amount of unhealthy ingredients.
The limited accessibility of fresh foods and excess of fast food restaurants in low-income areas are a catalyst to the obesity epidemic. The obesity epidemic is rising by a swift rate; there are two contributing factors to this. The first factor is that companies are confusing consumers on what is healthy to eat. The other factor is that poor people do not have access to healthy places to eat and end up eating affordable unhealthy food, which would be fast food. The poor people who live in food deserts end up not having many options, and the people that know what it is detrimental do not care to stop eating.
By falling pray to the relative ease of access, “great taste,” and intense advertising campaigns of fast food companies, Americans have become dependent on fast food not only to sustain themselves, but also their culture. The sustenance that American’s seek at fast food restaurants is not providing them with balanced and nutritious meals need to fuel a h... ... middle of paper ... ... Mar. 2014. Gómez-Pinilla, Fernando. "Brain Foods: The Effects Of Nutrients On Brain Function."
It isn't unfamiliar that obesity is a problem in the United States. Fast food is said to be a major cause of this predicament, but is there a point where it's not the food's fault but the person who is choosing to eat it? People who have problems with obesity and blame fast food don't realize there are so many other attributes that are put into play and that fast food can't possibly be the only reason of it all. Obesity can be influenced by lack of exercise, the surrounding environment, genes, health conditions, cruel kindness, and diet. Fast food should stop being blamed for a vast amount of obesity in the U.S. Fast food is one of the influences of obesity, but there is a point where the person can take control of their eating habits themselves and stop blaming other culprits.
America has a typical hierarchy of factors who rule the over the obese population. Junk food, lack of mobility, and undereducated knowledge of a healthy lifestyle, often contradict the fate of an obese person. With a little help and determination America can solve the problem of obesity and prevent future health problems by: eating healthier, encouraging physical activity, and setting limits on the consumption fast food, to provide better nutrition for the people of America. One way the population of America can overcome the issue of obesity is by simply eating healthier. Further explained, people can start making healthier decisions on what they decide to eat.
Fast food may be boosting our economy but it definitely not enhancing people 's health. Not only can fast food affect a person’s physical health, it can also be a damaging factor to a person’s mental health as well. Fast food is known to be high in fat, sugar, sodium and low in fiber and calcium. Fast food can have major petrifying effects on your body ranging from obesity, heart disease, high levels of stress and increase in blood sugars. What many people don’t comprehend is along with that order of large fries you will also be getting a hidden order of sodium and fatty acids, which are not beneficial to the body.
“The food is not properly taken care of, which leads all the way back to where the food is originally produced”, according to Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. Even if it is easy to buy and cheap, the health risks outweigh the five minutes of satisfaction that fast food brings. People should carefully think before they eat fast food. The health risks that come from eating so much fast food can put your life in danger. Obesity can come from fast food being eaten on a regular basis and people typically do eat out on a daily basis.
If people who are hurry to get their food and do not have much time to eat, fast food must the good choice for them. McDonald, KFC, and Popeye would be the first few restaurants show up in people’s mind, but still has many healthy fast foods in the United States. Today, there are many different kinds of fast food restaurants in United States; lots of people choose to eat fast food as their meal daily. Even eating fast food can save time and money, still have many negative sides of choosing fast food. The first benefit of fast food is saving time because some people may spend lots of time of their jobs or other things.
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).