Obesity in the United States

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1730 words
1730 words

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). ”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. 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. “If customers choose to ignore the healthy items in favor of the more fattening ones…they do not have the right to blame fast-food restaurants for their choices” (Buchholz 83). Compared to the first fast food restaurants opened, the portion sizes have increased sixty to two-hundred calories because, ‘“The food is the least of the cost of a food product. Labor, packaging, marketing cost more,” says NYU Nes... ... middle of paper ... ...ulture of the past with Today." Comparing Agriculture of the past with Today. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2014. . Gomez, Gregory L. "When Did Obesity Become an Issue?" NaturalNews. N.p., 19 Oct. 2012. Web. 04 May 2014. . Roizman, Tracey. "The Advantages of a Home Cooked Meal." Healthy Eating. Demand Media, n.d. Web. 04 May 2014. . Spake, Amanda, and Mary B. Marcus. "The Fast-Food Industry Contributes to Obesity." Obesity. Ed. Erin Dillon. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven, 2007. 70-82. Print. Winterfeld, Amy. "Low-Income Americans Face a High Risk of Obesity." Obesity. Ed. Erin Dillon. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven, 2007. 49-57. Print.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that obesity is a common, but very serious health issue in america.
  • Explains that fast food restaurants make people fat, hypnotize kids, and destroy their taste for more sophisticated foods. fast food is a factor people blame for causing the increase in obesity because of innutritious foods, large portions and drive thru convenience.
  • Explains that america runs on a consumer-producer economy which means the producer is only going to sell what the consumer buys.
  • Explains that portions have increased sixty to two-hundred calories compared to the first fast food restaurants opened. people are eating more calories per bite than their ancestors.
  • Argues that fast-food restaurants are blamed because their locations and drive-thrus make food convenient, which causes people to over eat, but if people had self-control it would not be a problem.
  • Explains that fast food restaurants are a business trying to make money by pleasing their customers. they serve larger portions because it is profitable for the business and people buy it.
  • Explains that america has advanced greatly in the development of technology over a period of time, but at the same time has contributed to obesity.
  • Explains that a man's job in the early twentieth century required harder work and longer days than most jobs today; this has contributed to obesity, but ultimately it is the man’s responsibility to control what he eats during the day and to make sure
  • Explains that women today are not required to do strenuous, all-day-long work as in the past; this has caused an increase in obesity, but it is a woman's responsibility to control what she eats and make up for lost exercise.
  • Explains that children today do not get the exercise they did in the past because of technology development. parents have to watch what their children eat and make sure they get exercise.
  • Explains that the invention of the iphone, computers, television, and video games has caused kids to become less active and more obese, but it is their responsibility to get the exercise lost and eat healthier.
  • Explains that commercials on television advertise junk food and unhealthy meals causing a person to desire those foods, but it is the individual's responsibility to not give in.
  • Opines that it is the individual's fault for not getting the exercise he needs. it is a personal choice to not be obese.
  • Explains that low income is a common and tough factor of obesity to deal with but it is possible. low income families are mostly obese because they cannot afford healthier foods and their living conditions contain little recreation space.
  • Explains that many americans are obese because they are unable to afford low-fat, nutritious foods. low-income families are in a difficult situation to stay healthy, but it is possible.
  • Explains that apartments or communities are common living places for low-income families which have little space for recreation. having fun, active games inside like just dance or wii fitness can help children get exercise.
  • Opines that obesity is a personal choice which takes discipline and self-control to stay healthy and fit. fast food restaurants, technology developments, and low income families will always have difficulties.
  • Cites aura, annamarie, "popular jobs in the 1900s." ehow. demand media, 08 apr. 2011. web. 04 may 2014.
  • Analyzes buchholz, todd g., "the fast-food industry is not responsible for obesity rates."
  • Explains roizman, tracey, and bloomfeld, amy. "low-income americans face a high risk of obesity."
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