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.
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. Before it can be gone into detail about how fast food companies are to blame for people over eating their food, it first must be proven that fast food is indeed the main problem causing today's obesity in America. It is known to many people how the number of fast food restaurants in America has increased tremendously over the past several decades, but it is difficult to calculate by how much due to the lack of historic statistics. Also, it is difficult whether or not to categorize certain restaurants as fast food.
The nation's obesity epidemic has focused attention on fast-restaurants, and while recent class-action lawsuits attempting to blame McDonald's Corp. for making people fat have failed, many chains have begun offering healthier fare in fear of lawsuits (CBS News). A growing concern with on-the-go food consumers is the freshness and dietary guidelines that go into their diet. Tight schedules make people spend m... ... middle of paper ... ...r, are not the causes for the change – it just happens to fit in perfectly with the scenario. Obesity and freshness have provoked a new health trend in fast food, and it is no secret with all the advertisements. So dare to super size an order of healthy fast food – a once considered oxymoron now becoming more of a reality.
Fast Food & Obesity Fast food restaurants have been a part of American Culture for well over thirty years. The convenience of speedy service, cheap prices, and the appeal to families has been some of the major highlights of fast food restaurants over the years. Furthermore, fast food from the past is much different than fast food today. According to Liz Monte of Divine Caroline magazine, In the 1970s obesity was up by 47% (today it is up 66%). Today’s burgers have gotten bigger due to the meats being injected with more chemicals and steroids, sodas have even become larger, and this is causing higher rates of heart disease, excessive weight gain, and increased rates of obesity in children and adults.
By eating fast food, efficiency is lost due to its unhealthy nature, not only for the copious amounts of fats and salts it contains, but also because it lacks of vital nutrients. The people in America have fallen head over heals for fast food, because they have conceived the notion that eating fast food is more efficient. In a society that is advancing technologically, providing instant information and communication, people look to maximize efficiency. That, however, is not the only reason that America is obsessed with fast food; people also love the taste of food that the major franchises produce, and have been indoctrinated at a young age to do so. By falling pray to the relative ease of access, “great taste,” and intense advertising campaigns of fast food companies, Americans have become dependent on fast food not only to sustain themselves, but also their culture.
Since it’s foundation in 1954, McDonald’s has satisfied the customers with its main product, hamburger. With having more than 35,000 restaurants located in US, Europe, Canada, Asia Pacific, Meddle East and Latin America; it serves 52 million customers daily (McDonald’s 2006 Annual Report, 2007). 1954 was the year that reshaped the concepts of fast food industry. Fifty two year old milk shake salesman, Ray Kroc envisioned the idea of creating a hamburger product and delivering it to customers in very short time; when he visited his client McDonald’s. By that time, McDonald brothers were operating a restaurant which sold burger, French fries and milk shakes and was efficient but was limited to small scale operation.
They have been very helpful for many people who can’t cook, people who are in a rush to work, and for people who are just looking for better tasting food. However, too much of fast food and fast food restaurants can cause many people to have health problems from consuming too much fast food. To help overcome this, many people should start influencing fast food restaurants to start serving healthier foods and requiring that everyone have to limit how many times a month that they choose to eat from fast food restaurants. Fast food restaurants have profited way more than expected because there’s not enough of people engaging in promoting healthier foods. Serving healthier foods in fast food restaurants should become an obligation over the years from now.
If restaurants want to improve the health of their customers, they should list the calories and make the portions smaller. Fast food places like McDonald 's have tons of unhealthy food items on their menu but as time goes on, more and more healthy things are added to the menu. Documentaries like "Super Size Me" shows what only eating unhealthy fast food does to people. Chris Coleson conducted an experiment doing the opposite. Coleson ate healthy food items at McDonald 's everyday and lost seventy seven pounds (Collins).
This dilemma has brought much debate among professionals and activists, but the issue should ideally be left to the consumer; however through the years the consumer has continually shown to make the wrong choice. The industrialization of the food market and the lack of self-control within society has been threatening humanity in various ways. First, the processed foods that are becoming the norms of today are lowering the life expectancy with every bite. Second, the health problems that are becoming more apparent in our nation’s citizens are being passed on from generation to generation. Last but not least, the convenience of these fast foods are making it much easier and seemingly beneficial to purchase them on a daily basis.
Twenty five million Americans have diabetes and one of the main factors of this is fast food restaurants. Three hundred thousand people die annually from diabetes because people succumb to the unfulfilling diet of fast foods. Burger King, one fast food restaurant that is very popular globally, is an example of the causes of health risks. A culprit of this imbalance of diet in humans is Burger King since the foods they make do not fulfill the nutrients needed in our bodies. This means that if we get rid of this culprit, we can take more steps to healthier diets which will open doors for more improvements.