Americans in today’s society want food and they want it now. Manufacturers have figured this out and fill the food with many artificial and unhealthy chemicals. If a person saw what the food looked like in the pre processed state, one would most likely not buy it or eat it. The additives and preservatives replace all the nutritional aspects in the food. Some of the food may taste great but lacks nutrition to maintain a healthy body and fast foods also may increase improper digestion.
Well, there is an optimal diet for humans and the answer might surprise many. Since 1916, the United States Department of Agriculture (the government agency responsible for all U.S. policy regarding agriculture, food, and farming) has revised their recommendations several times. Unfortunately, money talks and the USDA’s recommendations are based on outdated science and are influenced by people with business interest. Even so, its recommendations are considered almost “holy” by physicians, nutritionists, and dieters, but in reality, they are the root cause of the problem. A single visit to our local public school cafeteria and it will become clear that they do not have the best interests of the children at heart.
These frequently consumed meals bring many negative effects upon us, including health issues, a poor environment and social problems. People all over the world are suffering from obesity and heart diseases, two of the main causes of deaths today. Every breath you take may contain polluted air coming from chemicals used to make packaging for fast foods. Yet even with all this negativity towards fast foods, it does have a good side by bringing in money for the economy of the United States. Hence, with fast food consumption come not only the bad but also the good.
The movement of American fast-food chains into developed Asian countries has significantly impacted the people living there, especially the poor. Americanization has not only affected aspects like culture, economics, politics, but illness as well. In a single generation, Asia has gone from having one of the lowest rates of heart disease and obesity and diabetes to one of the highest (Dean Ornish, 2006). That in itself is astonishing, made even worse when the cause is considered. The traditional Asian diet has been fou... ... middle of paper ... ... is that they are frequently repealed and protested by huge producers of unhealthful foods (Jeff Strnad, 2005).
Fast food is a factor people blame for causing the increase in obesity because of the innutritious foods, large portions, and drive thru convenience. The typical fast food restaurants do serve burgers, fries, fried chick, etc. which are high in salt, fat, and sugar, but they do offer healthier choices including salads, fruits and grilled chicken (Roizman). America runs on a consumer-producer economy which means the producer is only going to sell what the consumer buys. Most Americans do not have the self-control to stay away from the innutritious foods and eat the healthier choices; therefore restaurants sell more unhealthy choices.
I have always been healthy, and most of the kids around were overweight. Growing up I learned that the food the kids around would eat was not healthy for your body, but I never understood why. American has taken many steps to improve their food production, but why is most of its people sick with related food disease. About seventy percent of Americans diet is processed food; this includes canned good, fast food or any food that cannot be made with simple ingredients ... ... middle of paper ... ...s that the processed food is going to waste. “In addition, a growing number of consumers are asking questions about where their food was produced, how it was produced, and who produced it (Hendrickson).” America’s food source has altered drastically in the last century and so has the health of many.
The Effect of Poor Diet Choices First, the poor decision for diet choices reflects poorly as the obesity rate continues to skyrocket. Many blame fast food for being the number one cause of obesity in America. Processed corn selling in the form of fast food has become so cheap and instantly available that Americans cannot give up such an offer and think about eating healthy. All these poor food choices are available in so many different forms. Mary Lowth says a solution to obesity would include “putting food out of sight, diet, exercise and skipping de... ... middle of paper ... ...he lives of employers (Reinert, 2012).