Eating Habits Of Fast Food

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In today’s society; it is evident that Americans have developed unhealthy eating habits, influenced by busy life styles, corporate advertisements and oversized portions.
How has the fast lane of American society affected the American peoples eating habits and their health? Many families here in the United States have to rely on a duel income to support the lifestyles that are desired this day in age. Considering back in the 50’s and 60’s predominately the fathers of the households worked, while the wife stayed home and took care of the home which included cooking daily meals. Since both household members now days work, many families find it easier to bring home processed food or fast foods for meals. These types of meals are bad for our diet. Many fast foods contain unsaturated fats, which is a leading cause of Coronary heart disease and diabetes. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.” (pg.1)
Why do Americans prefer fast food? Could it be because fast food industries are pushing their advertisements on society non-stop? Advertisements for an unhealthy diet are virtually everywhere. There are advertisements on the Television, internet, newspapers and even billboards along frequented roadways. Advertisements are what corporations use to make money; they get the products and name out into the media and into families homes and onto their televisions, so American can see the advertisements and go buy or eat products made by those companies. Fast food companies take advantage of many...

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...esity problems. Diets like Atkins or South Beach and Weight Watchers diets will all claim that they will help you lose weight. But in truth these type of diets do not work for many people. It is a simple fact that unless you burn more carbohydrates then you intake, the chances of you gaining weight and becoming unhealthy is there.

If Americans do not change their eating habits that are being influenced by busy life styles, corporate advertisements and oversized portions, there will be a price to pay. Americans need to realize that these factors are making this country one of the unhealthiest in the world. We need to eat more fresh foods, eat less of them and exercise while ignoring all the media pushing us into a future of medical issues. We must change our eating habits now or America is going to be nothing but unhealthy people for generations to come.
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