There is a ninety five percent chance that you don’t. Everyone is guilty of buying fast food and many don’t even know the side effects that go along with the purchase. The food we consider “fast” and “easy” are the same foods that are killing people every day. Although the consumption of “Fast food” is convenient and can save money, it can also cause severe health issues which include high blood pressure, weight gain and an increased chance of heart disease. This paper will evaluate the effects of fast food on its consumers.
Fast food chains such as Mcdonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s are selling many products that are nearly inedible due to the unhealthiness and even the presentation. The link between fast food consumption and obesity is causal. Obesity, especially during childhood, has both individual and environmental causes. It easily makes people feel bad about themselves, leading to unhappiness. As for the presentation, these fast food chains use 99% faux “food” in any advertisement.
They would prefer to buy a big mac at a fast food restaurant. According to Eric Schlosser, “The typical American now consumes approximately three hamburgers and four orders of french fries every week.” That is approximately 2,570 calories in one sitting. This surpasses a normal caloric intake of 2,000 calories. This is why the United States obesity rates are so high. If americans incorporate a meal plan, they can automatically reduce their chances of being obese.
Shortly after Super Size Me caught high publicity attention, McDonald’s has introduced three “garden fresh salads.” Other popular fast food chains were not far behind the healthy menu options McDonald’s has offered, and soon numerous salad, yogurt, fruit, and grilled chicken food items popped up on every fast food menu. The message is simple; people are becoming too fat due to the consumption of fast food. Therefore, obesity and the demand for fresh, quick food service have increased the popularity of health conscious food selections on fast food menus. Obesity, especially child obesity, is becoming more of an epidemic concern among society today and commonly linked to fast food. 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.
Fast food is food that is prepared fast and served quickly. Fast food is precooked ingredients that has been reheated and served to customers. Fast foods are high in sugar, fats, and starches. The ingredients used in fast food restaurants have no nutritional values at all. Eric Schlosser from Food Inc. says “the way we eat now has changed more in the last fifty years than in the previous ten thousand years.” Most foods in fast food restaurants contain MSG or Monosodium Glutamate.
Obesity in America is directly due to the fast food industry. From the rising mortality’s among people who are obese from fast food. To even the preservatives fast food chains use within their food. Not only have that calorie’s people intake from these restaurants even been miss looked. While people may think they can overcome the urge, fast food chains exclusively use addictive’s in their products to hook people from day one of use.
As Americans, we’re always on the go. When hungry and have no time there are many fast and healthy items available. Many people who say that fast food chains is the main cause of obesity in America because there are plenty of fast food restaurants on every block with very few healthy options ("Do Fast Food Restaurants Contribute to Obesity?"). Fast food business are very easy to find and offer quick service, but there are other options that are healthy, especially in urban areas. Restaurants such as Panera offer a range of items that are healthy and offer a quick service for those on a schedule.
Names such as Monster Mac, Mega Mac, BK Big Fish, Big Foot, Dominator, Jumbo Combo, Big Bacon Classic and Big Beef Taco reflect the growing size of fast foods”(pg 1). This quote helps the understanding that fast food portions are way too large for one person. Portions of fast food restaurants are steadily increasing, hence why they 're starting to name them monster, mega, big, and jumbo. All of this prefixes conclude that those meals are giant. When going to a fast food restaurant, eat only half of your meal, because it 's dividing your calorie intake by half which is a lot considering meals at fast food restaurants are over 1000 calories.
Fast food restaurants have taken over the world. Everywhere you look there are advertisements for the next cheapest meal, but how could something so unhealthy be so popular? Of course it’s the taste we love, but we must get past the taste and the prices and look at ourselves and our health. How could we be so blind to the effects? Twenty five million Americans have diabetes and one of the main factors of this is fast food restaurants.
One of the most unhealthy diets in the world is that of an American. It is made up of processed foods and a good amount of television. America easily has the most fast food restaurants in the entire world. Leave it to McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King or any other fast-food restaurant to serve extremely cheap and even unhealthier food at any time during the day or night. ”It tastes good so why not?” That seems to be the question many people are asking now-a-days.