Some people see fast food as the cause of obesity, whereas some see obesity as the cause of an individual choosing to eat unhealthy food, given them full responsibility for their dietary choices. Fast food is seen as one of the cheaper ways of eating compared to buying healthy food from the local supermarket. In the last few years, obesity rates have been on a rise. Obesity affects everyone ranging from young children to adults. An individual does have responsibility for their dietary choices, but perhaps they cannot afford the expensive prices of healthier foods, so they have to turn to fast foods as a cheaper unhealthy way of eating.
One out of every three Americans face obesity and it’s caused mainly by the unhealthy foods that people consume daily. In fast foods, there are high levels of sugar and fat, which are the main causes of obesity. From these fats and sugars, calories are taken in and when they aren’t burned off, it is stored as extra fat, causing many to be overweight. Obesity is also the beginning of many other diseases and health problems. One would be type 2 diabetes.
While fast-food restaurants should take some of the blame for the obesity epidemic, it’s ultimately the consumer’s choice to choose fast-food over healthier choices. Many different factors such as convenience, cost, and environmental factors, along with lack of exercise, are also contributors to the rising obesity rate in America. Whether people are willing to admit it or not, the desire for convenience is one of the main factors that leads to obesity. In today’s fast-food industry, it’s extremely hard to find food that isn’t “highly processed, full of fat, calories and sodium” (Muntel). While people are recommended to eat an average of 1,500-1,800 calories and around 50-60 grams of fat per day, one can easily take in a whole day’s worth of calories and fat in one fast-food meal.
(Is Obesity a Disease?) One way it can harm you is you can develop many varieties of diseases, as well as gaining numerous pounds of fat and weight. (Jaworowska) Fast food is bad for you because it is low density protein. (Jaworowska) This means you have to eat more food to gain energy, drawing you in to eat at a fast food restaurant. (Jaworowska) Even though these fast food restaurants are a huge factor in obesity, some of these restaurants are trying to fix the problem.
Even America’s view point on serving sizes of meals served at these fast food chains goes way beyond a healthy lifestyle that everyone wants. Mortality rates related to obesity among people in high populated areas have increased due to fast food. Simply because the products being developed within the fast food chain market are unhealthy. Doctor Joshy states, “Relationship of BMI to all-cause mortality. These results and those of other studies indicate that a BMI of 22.5–24.99 kg/m2, not the broad “overweight” category of 25–29.99 kg/m2, was associated with the most favorable mortality risk because of bad eating habits” (Joshy).
When these extra substances add up, they can lead to diseases. Some of the diseases caused by obesity include type two diabetes, heart diseas... ... middle of paper ... ...t very often due to temptation. In America, fast food can be found in thirteen percent of schools. Free-standing restaurants can be found within a half of a mile of most schools, even within a tenth of a mile of some schools. The schools with fast food nearby tend to have higher obesity rates than schools located farther away from fast food (Maclay 7).
Fast food should stop being blamed for a vast amount of obesity in the U.S. Fast food is one of the influences of obesity, but there is a point where the person can take control of their eating habits themselves and stop blaming other culprits. The definition of “Obesity is a condition characterized by the excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body.”(Obesity - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Obesity is too commonly seen here in the states and many Americans are experiencing health deficiencies and diseases that come with it. "Two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese" (Flegal et al., 2012). “Obesity puts stress on every part of your body and increases your risk of developing major health problems.” (“What Are the Consequences of Not Eating Healthy?") Today, in cities the hustle and bustle of everyday life gets in the way of people's diets.
“One small bite for man, one giant problem for mankind.” Numerous Americans today are affected by the vastly growing number of fast food chains. These chains serve unhealthy items at a costly price. Many health issues concern more than 35.7 Americans and cause them to become unhealthy or obese due to fast food. This causes many problems such as obesity rates proliferating, the damage it has on your health, and the high price of cheap food. Those are the main reasons as to why the government should slowly reduce the future developments of fast food chains to help benefit people’s health.
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.
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.