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. In my opinion, fast food is to blame for the rise in obesity because of the cheap prices, their locations, especially in low income neighborhoods, and poor advertising. Fast food chains attract thousands of consumers a day and continue to serve unhealthy food that is bad for the body. Frequent consumption of fast food can lead to serious health problems for the body. Obesity is associated with high blood sugar or diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke and disease (Rodrigo).
The scientific findings and corresponding public health implications of the association between fast food consumption and weight gain are critical. The American Population Study Cardia suggests that frequent fast food consumption is associated with weight gain. People who eat fast food two or more times a week are likely to gain 4.5kg more weight than people who only have one fast food meal per week. Frequent fast food consumption also leads to type 2 diabetes, and coronary artery disease. In the film Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock gained 11kg from eating at Mcdonalds three times a day for 30 days straight.
Making society slow down and making the people around the world thinking the United States as fat slow people. Because fast food is such a big deal in the nations, the world should take extra precaution towards the ingestion of fast food. Fast food is the United States leading case of obesity; obesity is a major problem with many health and mental risks. As Sarah Muntel said in her Article Fast Food- Is It the Enemy, “33.8 percent of the U.S population is affected by obesity” (Muntel1); fast food is a big factor in most of the obesity in the United States fast food is the cause of obesity which is causing society to slow down. Because obesity means that someone is fat, they are slow and do not put the any effort to do any sort of action to improve society.
Even America’s view point on serving sizes of meals served at these fast food chains goes way beyond a healthy lifestyle that everyone wants. Mortality rates related to obesity among people in high populated areas have increased due to fast food. Simply because the products being developed within the fast food chain market are unhealthy. Doctor Joshy states, “Relationship of BMI to all-cause mortality. These results and those of other studies indicate that a BMI of 22.5–24.99 kg/m2, not the broad “overweight” category of 25–29.99 kg/m2, was associated with the most favorable mortality risk because of bad eating habits” (Joshy).
The Effects of Fast Food Fast food is taking over today’s society these days people are buying it more and more and as they keep buying it they are gaining weight like crazy and the food becomes addictive. The food at the fast food restaurants such as McDonalds, Burger King and Taco bell etc. produces artificial foods meaning there are no real ingredients in the food they serve to their customers. Fast food is not healthy for people because people are gaining weight excessively, the food contains unhealthy contents, and all the unhealthy ingredients can cause diabetes or other serious health issues. Fast food causes people to gain weight excessively.
Summary: Obesity has become a public health problem in most nations which is linked to several long term health conditions, premature death, and other dangerous diseases. Food choices can causes imbalances between the energy taken from drinks and food. This energy is spent on metabolism and physical activity but those that are affected by obesity usually have slower metabolisms and are not active. People eating out more has increased and is causing problems. Most fat foods are high in all the things that we need the least of.
The Medical News. “What is Obesity?” News-Medical.Net. Web. 23 Feb. 2011. “The more they serve, the more we eat: limiting portion sizes and changing calorie density in those portions can make a big dietary difference.” Health Reference Center Academic.
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.
Diabetes can strongly affect one’s health in many ways. It can be life threatening if not controlled too. Having this illness can change your everyday life. Researchers say that the risk of stroke increases by one percent for every fast food restaurant. The health risks of eating unhealthy have skyrocketed since fast-food became more popular and cheaper than cooking at home.
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.