Obesity among Americans has been a growing issue in the United States predominantly over the past decade. Many may argue American’s are obese because of poor food choices, over-eating, genetic disposition, lack of exercise, or the environment which one lives, while others blame it all on fast-food chains and restaurants. Throughout my research I have come to find a lot of facts and statistics about fast food consumption causing obesity. Statistics show that without a doubt the United States is the most obese country in the world. Since Americans typically live hectic lifestyles, fast food is a quick and easy way to grab a meal on the go.
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.
Overall, their study suggests that fast food significantly increases the risk of obesity. "Unless governments take steps to regulate their economies, the invisible hand of the market will continue to promote obesity worldwide with disastrous consequences for future public health and economic productivity,” said Roberto De Vogli from the University of California. Most fast food places serve highly processed foods that are full of fat, sodium, and calories. Research proves that you can easily intake 1,500 calories for one meal alone and humans should take in around 1,500-1,800 per day. Choosing a typical fast food meal everyday can lead to increased calories, which leads to health issues.
Obesity "Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat" (Zeratsky). Obesity is not just about being overweight or eating unhealthy food. Obesity itself is much more complicated than that and has become a worldwide problem. People are considered obese if our body fat percentage is high enough and also if you are thirty-five pounds overweight (Hellmich). Body Mass Index is something a lot of doctors talk about in the health world and it is abbreviated BMI.
Is Fast Food to Blame for Obesity? Is fast food to blame for the growing obesity in America? Obesity affects more than half of the population. With so many Americans gaining weight and so many health problems the matter has to be addressed. There is no one would argue that obesity, especially the children is considered a problem.
Extra energy is stored as body fat when the energy consumption surpasses the energy expenditure. Obesity is characterized through Body Max Index (BMI), distribution of fat, measuring body composition, and insulin resistance (WHO). Obesity is a public health issue due to the complications it leads to later in life. Obese individuals are more susceptible in obtaining health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, therefore have a higher risk of mortality (WHOgoogle). Yet not only is obesity a problem of the individual but of society as well.
Are fast food restaurants an environmental risk factor for obesity? International Journal Of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 31-6. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-3-2 Schlosser, E.( 2001). Fast food nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal . Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books
The health risks of eating unhealthy have skyrocketed since fast-food became more popular and cheaper than cooking at home. Especially with children, one trip to the closest fast-food place could take up all of the calories that are needed for a child in one day. Getting a child a kid’s meal with a cheeseburger and fries can be over 800 calories (Sheenan). A study shows that within three to five hours of eating a high-fat meal the blood vessels function abnormally. This is more common is children, but could harm adults also (Morris).
Fast food nation: The dark side of the all-American meal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Obesity Epidemic. (2010). In Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices.