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In the film Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock gained 11kg from eating at Mcdonalds three times a day for 30 days straight. Obesity is a major health problem. Obesity due to frequent fast food consumption has very powerful biological effects. Children with fast food consumption are likely to be unhappy because of the risk of obesity. Fast food and soft drink consumption are positively associated with chi... ... middle of paper ... ...help you in the long run.
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.
Recent data suggest that nearly fifteen percent of U.S. youngsters and almost one-third of adults are obese; and everyday nearly one-third of these U.S. children aged four to nineteen eat fast food. Yale University obesity researcher Kelly Brownell said, “Fast food contributes to increased calorie intake and obesity risk in children” (CBS News). No wonder parents are becoming concerned with the options children have when facing a fast food menu. Parent complaints are not enough of influence to entice the big-ticket fast food joints to make a healthy switch, however, lawsuits is. The nation's obesity epidemic has focused attention on fast-restaurants, and while recent class-action lawsuits attempting to blame McDonald's Corp. for making people fat have failed, many chains have begun offering healthier fare in fear of lawsuits (CBS News).
Many health professionals believe that fast food restaurants are a major factor in increasing childhood obesity in America. Their belief is that advertisements produced by fast food restaurants are targeting children as their audience. Health professionals believe that children of a young age are very easily persuaded by fast food advertisements, which creates more demand for their product resulting in an increased rate of childhood obesity. The American Psychological Association (APA) state on their website that, "Research has found strong associations between increases in advertising for non-nutritious foods and rates of childhood obesity" (The Impact of Food Advertising…). This research is what has sparked this belief of fast food restaurant's detrimental effects on childhood health.
A current controversial issue surrounding our society today is the relationship between fast food restaurants and childhood obesity. Obesity has always been a problem in the United States; however, it has become an even greater problem in recent years. According to the Mayo Clinic, childhood obesity is defined as "when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height" (Disease and Conditions: Childhood Obesity). Nearly 20 percent of children and adolescents are now overweight and the obesity rate among preschool aged children is increasing at an alarming speed (Childhood Obesity Facts). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years" (Childhood Obesity Facts).
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.
These figures are more than alarming and need to call attention to the situation. Obesity amongst children is a huge problem that can be easily prevented by offering alternatives to current situations. One leading cause within this epidemic deals with schools and the nutrition they provide to students. A study of Michigan sixth graders published in December of 2010 found that regularly consuming school lunches was a greater risk factor for obesity than spending two or more hours a day watching television or playing ... ... middle of paper ... .../www.fns.usda.gov/tn/HealthierUS/index.html Healthy Youth!. (2010, June 3).
French Fries or Die Those delicious golden hot sizzling medium French fries at McDonalds contain 380 calories, 171 calories from fat, 270 mg of sodium and plenty of salt. There is no doubt that junk foods, like fries, commonly served in school cafeterias are unhealthy. There has been a significant rise in child obesity, and food is a major contribution. Over 9 million children in the US are obese, and come with life threatening health problems. Schools need to focus on producing not only smart kids, but healthy ones as well.
Many studies show that fast food especially in large amounts can be harmful to the body. Behind the great tastes and bright lights of fast food, there are many facts and risks that are hidden from the American people. Never mind the actual substance, mega fast food chains spend billions of dollars a year in advertising. Fast food is advertised in a manner where it is geared mostly toward children. CBS News reports, “Last year, children ages 6 to 11 saw 26 percent more ads for McDonald's than they did just two years earlier.” (Ben Tracy) Bright colors, catchy tunes, and the presentation of the perfect meal are advertising tactics used in commercials.