Obesity "Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat" (Zeratsky). Obesity is not just about being overweight or eating unhealthy food. Obesity itself is much more complicated than that and has become a worldwide problem. People are considered obese if our body fat percentage is high enough and also if you are thirty-five pounds overweight (Hellmich). Body Mass Index is something a lot of doctors talk about in the health world and it is abbreviated BMI.
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.
Did you know more than 35% of adults and 17% of children and adolescents ages 2 – 19 in the United States are considered Obese (Bucci 32). Obesity is a huge growing problem in not just the United States but everywhere that needs to be controlled. The U.S is the fattest country in the world with Mexico as a close second. Fast Food and Technology are some of the main reasons you usually think of when you think of causes of Obesity, but did you ever think that Parents and Family members have a huge part in the cause of Obesity? Family Influence can cause obesity in children by not eating healthy.
Scholarly work such as Schlosser, E. (2001). States that hundreds of millions of people buy fast food without knowing where it came from as well as not any subtle ramifications for their purchases. Other Scholarly articles such as Obesity Epidemic 2010 and Lowell Johnathan 2004 all purported the notion that obesity is visible and has grown exponentially. Findings In order to fully understand the concept of fast food one must understand its meaning. Which is simply as its name.
Fast food causes obesity. Sarah Muntel believes that fast food is highly processed, full of fat, calories, and sodium ( parag.5). 1,500 calories could easily be in one meal and the general daily recommendation for Americans is 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day. Having one fast food meal a day can lead to an increase in calorie intake which leads to weight gain. Obesity can be caused by many things but one of the major causes is fast food.
Since Americans typically live hectic lifestyles, fast food is a quick and easy way to grab a meal on the go. However, eating fast food frequently provides the body with high amounts of calories, sugars, saturated and trans fats, while lacking in vitamins and minerals. Overtime, eating fast food can take a toll on ones body and increase the risk of developing illnesses and diseases. These diseases include heart disease; type 2 diabetes, stroke, and cancer, breathing problems, arthritis and even reproductive complications. Candelaria states in her article, “Eating a Western diet with lots of processed or fried foods that can raise blood levels of “oxidized” cholesterol and could increase heart attack risk”.
Obesity is a common, but very serious health issue in America. It has become so common that people often blame a healthy, slim person for being underweight. Although a small percentage of people are underweight the main percentage of people are obese; this percentage is increasing daily. Individuals often place the fault of obesity’s increasing rate on factors causing it, but in actuality the lack of self-control is the main cause. Common complaints against fast food restaurants are ‘“They make people fat” (qtd in Buchholz 84).
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