As for the presentation, these fast food chains use 99% faux “food” in any advertisement. If you ever even tried to eat the food that looks appetising from their advertisements, you would be put in the hospital in a heart beat. The health and presentation involved in any fast food should be improved tremendously because of the mental and physical unhealthiness and misleading presentation. One big thing about fast food that contributes to its poor side is its unhealthiness. The scientific findings and corresponding public health implications of the association between fast food consumption and weight gain are critical.
Since the fast food industry is targeting America’s youth, providing healthier options on children’s menus will reduce the rate of childhood obesity and allow for a healthy future. According to “Burger Battles” from the Weekly Reader, obesity is defined as a person whose weight is 20 percent higher than recommended for their height (Burger Battles 1). When this condition begins to affect children lives, it is then known as childhood obesity. Within the United States of America, around 15 percent of children are considered to be obese (Holguin 3). Increasing tremendously, this outbreak has actually tripled in the amount of obese teen and doubled in children up to the age of thirteen (Burger Battles 2).
Long term health effects are heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, or even cancer (Childhood Obesity Facts, 1). Eating too many high-calorie and high in fat foods is a huge contributor to obesity (McMillan, 3). “Knowledge about good nutrition not only helps to bring about desired weight reductions, but also is an important element in overall good health” (McMillan, 3). Children who do not eat fast food do not consume as much fat, sugars, and carbs as those who do (Holgun, 2). Only 3% of kids’ meals at fast food restaurants meet the calorie standards... ... middle of paper ... ...rg/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/HealthierKids/ChildhoodObesity/Overweight-in-Children_UCM_304054_Article.jsp CDC.”Childhood Obesity Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If high schools promote bad eating habits by placing fast-food franchises in their cafeterias, then how can students eat right and healthy beyond high school. “Children's current levels of fast-food consumption probably are even higher because of an increase in the number of fast-food restaurants and in fast-food marketing since the late 1990s (Holguin),” stated Ludwig at CBS. Ludwig is right, and this is outside of schools. Most students eat breakfast and lunch during school hours.Therefore, these fast-foods are their main meals… unhealthy meals. Also, where is the money from that allows franchises such as McDonalds to be in high school cafeterias?
With the continued growth of fast food restaurants, low priced food, and fast friendly service, these restaurants have become very appealing to the average consumer. With this increase in popularity, there has come many problems for these companies associated with the fast food industry. These stores are being blamed for the rise of obesity and other health issues in America; leading to many wanting a ban or probation on these fast food restaurants. The Government has stepped in on this issue and is trying to coming up with solutions for this so called “epidemic”. “One ordinance has passed by the Los Angeles City Council that bans the issuance of permits relating to the construction of any new fast food restaurants in South Los Angeles, California to promote healthy eating choices” (Creighton, 2009, p. 249).
Mcallen, Edinburg, Mission, Texas has the highest obesity rate, making these the fattest cities in the United States. The daily consumption of fast food leads to a significant rise in health problems. The advertisements people see on T.V., streets, and billboards, among many others, are so appealing that they call the audiences attention and convince them to enjoy that greasy, juicy burger. The problem with society today is that they are overlooking the health risks that go hand in hand with fast food. Even though it may be a tasteful meal, in the long run it can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, and even death.
Overweight Americans need to empower themselves and stop talking about being fat, and get moving on some simple solutions like eating less and moving more. After this movie was shown at a film festival McDonalds stopped super sizing 6 weeks later and introduced the “Go Active!” meal. The results on Spurlock may have been extraordinary on how quickly he gained weight and how his body and health were slowly deteriorating, but this shows why so many Americans are overweight and the way they are. Everything, even the little “healthy” options are jam packed with sugars and calories. This might also explain why 60% of the population is overweight or obese.
Even though some organizations such as Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) announced its intentions to enforce a new level of advertising to good nutritional practices and even asked a big company like Burger King to aggressively promote healthier alternative, this efforts are not enough (Commercial Free Childhood, 2005). These policies or guidelines contradict the interests of an industry that encourages people to eat more. If people really ate less, food producers, retailers and fast-food among others, would lose business. Even schools can be affected on the income they receive from companies marketing fast foods and soft drinks. That is why food companies take full advantage of their connections in Congress and federal agencies to make sure that anti-obesity campaigns focus on individual food choices, not food marketing practices (Nestle, 2000).
With a fast food restaurant like McDonalds on every corner weight gain is a... ... middle of paper ... ...s because I, myself am guilty of purchasing and consuming these meals. Yes these meals are often greasy and loaded with salt or sugar, but please note that anything, if ate in moderation, is ok for the average human being In the way society is heading, moderation is the way to go. Take heed of my advice. Works Cited Aiden, Anton. “Effects of High Blood Pressure from Fast Foods.” Livestrong.
Most of the foods available at fast food restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King, and KFC contain concentrated salt and preservatives to enhance the flavor in them. Obesity has become the defining aspect of our nation by surrounding the people with fast food products. The freedom to choose what one wants, gives the fast food companies the right to give one unhealthy food. The consumption of fast food products regularly greatly increases one’s chance of having health disparities such as Coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers, stroke, Hypertension, and Osteoarthritis. These negative effects are present with the daily eating of fast foods.