The scientific findings and corresponding public health implications of the association between fast food consumption and weight gain are critical. The American Population Study Cardia suggests that frequent fast food consumption is associated with weight gain. People who eat fast food two or more times a week are likely to gain 4.5kg more weight than people who only have one fast food meal per week. Frequent fast food consumption also leads to type 2 diabetes, and coronary artery disease. In the film Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock gained 11kg from eating at Mcdonalds three times a day for 30 days straight.
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). A growing concern with on-the-go food consumers is the freshness and dietary guidelines that go into their diet. Tight schedules make people spend m... ... middle of paper ... ...r, are not the causes for the change – it just happens to fit in perfectly with the scenario. Obesity and freshness have provoked a new health trend in fast food, and it is no secret with all the advertisements. So dare to super size an order of healthy fast food – a once considered oxymoron now becoming more of a reality.
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“Hello, may I take your order?” “Sure, let me get a cup of artificially flavored sugar, a bag of crunchy grease, and a heart stopper.” Everywhere you turn you see a McDonalds, Burger King or Wendy’s. Eric Scholosser There are more fast food places in America than actual grocery stores! In recent times fast food has become a craze. Everyone is eating it, even little babies, but do you really know what you are eating? There is a ninety five percent chance that you don’t.
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According to the "Nutritional Facts" that are posted on McDonald's web site, one Big Mac contains 540 calories and 29 grams of fat, which is 45 percent of the national recommended daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet, according to McDonald's. One large order of fries contains 500 calories and 25 grams of fat, which is 38 percent of the recommended daily value. The 32-ounce Coca-Cola Classic adds another 310 calories (Ali, Sam). a. Harvested potatoes contain about 80 pe... ... middle of paper ... ...com/article/7532/>.
Fast-food companies, such as McDonald's, contribute to the global trend of obesity since they serve unhealthy food and lure customers through effective, yet deceitful, advertising. Almost all fast-food chains contribute to the obesity epidemic. Even though McDonald's refuses to admit that fast food is directly linked to obesity, it does acknowledge that “any processing our foods undergo make them more dangerous than unprocessed foods” (Spurlock). According to the National Institutes of Health (2004), the large amounts of fat, sugar, salt, and artificial additives in processed food can have negative effects on long-term health. People who regularly consume fast food overload their bodies with unhealthy additives since a single meal from a fast food restaurant often contains enough calories to satisfy one person's daily caloric requirement.
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