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.
In the 21st century, obesity has become a big problem. In fact, 35.7% of adults, 16.9% of kids, and 30.4% of preschoolers are obese in the U.S.! These numbers are still rising and many people are blaming fast food restaurants. Fast food restaurants aren’t the ones to be blamed for obesity; people are. One reason people eat fast food so much is because our bodies crave sugar, fat, and salt.
2016. Summary: Since 1970 America has been effected by fast food nearly 33.8% of the population is affected by obesity and 19% are children. Foods that fast food restaurants serve are highly processed and contain a lot of fats and sugar. This source also provides average calories from fast food restaurants. Obesity is caused by a combination of fast food and the environment that we live in today.
A current controversial issue surrounding our society today is the relationship between fast food restaurants and childhood obesity. Obesity has always been a problem in the United States; however, it has become an even greater problem in recent years. According to the Mayo Clinic, childhood obesity is defined as "when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height" (Disease and Conditions: Childhood Obesity). Nearly 20 percent of children and adolescents are now overweight and the obesity rate among preschool aged children is increasing at an alarming speed (Childhood Obesity Facts). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years" (Childhood Obesity Facts).
(Schlosser) Fast food is usually consisted of foods rich in saturated fatty acids and cholesterol. They are minced meat, mayonnaise, meat products, and cheese. During their consumption, cholesterol and triglycerides jump, which leads to arteriosclerosis and increase the risk of infarction. We are all exposed to fast food but in most of the cases fast food affects children the most. Children that eat fast food are more likely to have poor diet.
Although, genetic factors and inactive lifestyle are factors, obesity is mainly caused by the body consuming more food than it can use. “Every day almos... ... middle of paper ... ...ast food industry plays a big part in contributing to child obesity, because of the lack of effort to decrease the fat, salt, sugar content, and portions of their meals. They are also to blame for the excessive marketing directed toward young children through media and advertising. They have infiltrated the minds of children to trust fast food icons such as Ronald McDonald and to start bad eating habits at an early age that will carry over into their adulthood. Although the fast food industry is a largely linked to the growth of child obesity, they can not solely take the blame.
There has been a long term concern that youth or children who eat from fast food restaurants have a big risk for becoming overweight. Some research shows that "greater familiarity with fast food advertising on television is associated with obesity in young people" (Pediatric Academic Societies parag.1). It is known that these children and adolescents are being extremely exposed to fast food advertising including the internet, social media, and particularly on television. The marketer and owners of these fast food restaurants use many techniques to attract children and help cause childhood obesity. Not only are they mainly targeting children but also they target low income families and helping cause obesity in their income groups, with their low prices and dollar menus these families are vulnerable to their advertisements.
Fast food is number one cause of obesity, as a result of the high amount of calories and sodium. Fast food is a problem because teens treat it like a regular meal (Ichikawa). Fast food is a common meal for teens and children, which is evident in a research which found that, “about one- third of U.S. teens and children eat some type of fast food every day (Burger Battles). According to the article Burger Battles, “Doctors, scientists, nutritionists, and health experts… say most food has too many calories, too much sodium, and too much saturated fat for kid to eat more than just once i...
Fast food that contains high amounts of sodium, cholesterol, calories, and fat is the cause of reason can cause many diseases for people such as obesity and high blood pressure. Being obese does not only lower our self-esteem, it can also increase risks of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, diabetes and some types of cancer. In an article, the author said that “While fast food, and especially the fast-food hamburger, has become a staple of the modern American diet, may critics charge that it causes a variety of public health problems, different environmental concerns, and an excessive homogenization of both American culture and other societies throughout the world. Many medical researchers contend that fast food typically gives consumers excessive fat and little nutritional value, leading to numerous obesity-related health problems”(Hogan). In fact, fast food is very popular in America.