The Fast Food Industry Is Responsible For The Health And Obesity Epidemic

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How many Americans do you think eat at fast food restaurants daily? How many Americans have experienced weight gain and health issues of the years? We as Americans are overweight and unhealthy who is to blame? We want to believe that McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy’s etc. is the reason why we are fat. But the truth is that we are becoming overweight and unhealthy because of the lack of responsibility over our own diet and eating habits. In the essay, “Don’t Blame the Eater” by David Zinczenko he, believes that the fast food industry is responsible for the health and obesity epidemic in America. He argues that there are not many healthy alternatives to fast food for consumers, “particularly teenagers” to buy food. He goes further to state that some fast food companies are misleading and confusing consumers on the calorie information provided for the food sold at their establishments. I agree that the fast food companies are misleading consumers to buy their food. But I do not agree, that the fast food industry is responsible for the health and the obesity epidemic. The fast food industry does not force anyone to eat their unhealthy food. It is the consumers’ responsibility to know what they are eating and if it is healthy for them. In Zinczenko’s article he uses his personal experience of growing up living in a single parent home were his mother worked long hours struggling to make ends meet, he claims, “Lunch and dinner, for me, was a daily choice between McDonald 's, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Pizza Hut. Then as now, these were the only available options for an American kid to get an affordable meal” (462). This may have been his life, but it is not true for many children growing up in the same conditions as... ... middle of paper ... ...from walking into a McDonald’s and ordering their child a happy meal with fries and a soda it is the choice of the parent. In conclusion Zinczenko’s article was written in 2002, although fast food has been linked to obesity and health issues. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fast food industry prices have risen 111% from 2002 to 2013. The obesity rate for teenagers rose from 16% to 21% from 1999-2012. Consciously consumers continue making the choice to eat fast food, because it is fast and convenient. Not because it is affordable, the average price for a family of four to eat at MacDonald’s is around $25. For the same price you can visit a nearby grocery store or neighborhood market and purchase food to prepare a healthy meal for your family. Fast food companies are not to blame, consumers are to blame, for choosing convenience over health.

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