In today's society, fast food has become a large part of many American's lives. With the rising numbers of obese people, it is hard not to draw a correlation between the increase in fast food and obesity. Most obese people don’t want to be obese and wish they could lose weight, yet they continue to struggle with their fast food intake and obesity. This is due to the advertising done on the consumers, the highly addictive food itself, and most importantly, how advertising and addiction combine with children to form habits that are kept once they become adults. These factors are the reasons that fast food restaurants are to blame for the rising obesity and health risks across America. The government needs to step in and place regulations on these fast food restaurants so they will stop taking advantage of people's weaknesses.
Common complaints against fast food restaurants are ‘“They make people fat” (qtd in Buchholz 84). ”They hypnotize the kids” (qtd in Buchholz 84). “Bribe the kids with toys” (qtd in Buchholz84). “They destroy our taste for more sophisticated foods”’ (qtd in Buchholz 84). Fast food is a factor people blame for causing the increase in obesity because of the innutritious foods, large portions, and drive thru convenience.
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). There are many factors that can result in an increased risk of being overweight. Genetics, lack of physical activity, environment, and, more importantly, an individual's dietary habits are all among factors that can affect a child's risk of obesity. There are many different beliefs in this controversial topic. Some argue that fast food is responsible and that fast food advertisements are targeting children and others argue that fast food restaurants are not responsible what so ever, such as that arguments that it is a child dietary habits surrounding the meals. What is the relationship between fast food and the increasing rate of childhood obesity in the United States?
Obesity, often heard when describing the physical aspects of the average American, has swept across the United States like an epidemic over the past decade. With fifteen percent of Americans being considered obese in the 1990's, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese nowadays, it is obvious that this problem has been spiraling out of control (Trinko). Thus, both politically and socially there has been a great push to slow the detritus trend, and to do so, the main causes of obesity must be identified. The fast food industry has been donned the one to blame especially since "[a]bout 44 cents of every dollar spent on food is for meals eaten away from home.. [and]... Fast-food restaurants, offering a wide variety of high-calorie, high-fat menu items, are springing up everywhere" (Hensrud). Furthermore, health enthusiasts and even the government has stepped in to limit the products that they sell in an effort to slow down obesity. Indeed although it is human nature for us to have a scapegoat for our own difficulties when others around us are doing the same, America has taken it too far when it comes to blaming the fast food industry for obesity in the US.
Obesity has become an epidemic in today’s society. Today around 50% of America is now considered to be over weight. Fast-food consumption has been a major contributor to the debate of the twenty-first century. Chapter thirteen, titled “Is Fast-Food the New Tobacco,” in the They Say I Say book, consists of authors discussing the debate of fast-food’s link to obesity. Authors debate the government’s effects on the fast-food industry, along with whether or not the fast-food industry is to blame for the rise in obesity throughout America. While some people blame the fast food industry for the rise in obesity, others believe it is a matter of personal responsibility to watch what someone eats and make sure they get the proper exercise.
Who Is To Blame For Obesity? Put that burger down? Obesity is a public epidemic because it is rising by the day. Some people are so quick to blame the fast food industry like McDonalds, Burger King, and other firms claiming that these industry aide in creating a society in which it is encouraged to eat unhealthy food. So who really is to blame?
Why are Americans rapidly growing obese? Are fast foods the reason behind this or our choices in food consumption our very reason for the fast climb in obesity? Why is that people tending to blame all these fast food chains for our obesity? Obesity is not a result of fast food corporations, but it is the fault of the individual who chose to consume such foods. Rising in obesity is excessive. ¬¬¬¬We are not forced nor is anyone shoving foods down our mouths, yet we point fingers on fast foods and society when we see our own bad results. Obesity is quickly becoming an epidemic “Americans are responsible for their own excessive weight gain”. This disease is occurring all over the world. Parents are not forcing their kids eat to healthy. Instead, they let their kids eat whatever it is they want. Child obesity usually starts from the age of 5 and it continues to increase. Once children are used to the amount of foods they consume, it is difficult to stop even if they wanted to. The choice to stop is not impossible but it isn’t something you can just quit and drop it the next day. It is proven that kids ages 5 that are already obese are likely to increase more weight than an average normal kid.
“This might be the first generation where kids are dying at a younger age than their parents and it’s related primarily to the obesity problem” (Judy Davis). Obesity in America has been a rising issue in the last few years. There have been a lot of different predications on to why the number is rising so much in American people. The food that people are eating and the lack of physical activity has a lot to do with this big rise. People aren’t exercising as much as they use to and the food surrounding the people in America isn’t as good as it used to be either. More and more food places go up every day and it isn’t good for the people in society. Fast food industries are the leading cause of obesity in America today. Reasons are fast food is seen to be addictive, it’s cheap and easy to get anywhere, and the portion sizes are way too large for anyone to be eating. Obesity is a huge problem that is tackling America right now and something needs to be done about it.
Secondly, one of important causes is fast food. Fast food causes obesity because it is one of the cheapest way for children and adults to find a meal if they don’t feel like cooking. McDonalds is the number one restaurant that makes us Americans fat because they’re the cheapest and have good burgers like big macs, quarter pounders and French fries. But more and more it seems like McDonalds corruption wants Americans to be come fat. When eating fast food it can cause h...
The rise and success of the fast food industry has a positive correlation with the rising levels of obesity. Although correlation does not necessarily mean causation, it is hard to believe the fast food industry is not a source of the problem. With its affordable meals and cunning advertisements, the fast food industry appeals to all ages, saving mom and dad money...