Authors debate the government’s effects on the fast-food industry, along with whether or not the fast-food industry is to blame for the rise in obesity throughout America. While some people blame the fast food industry for the rise in obesity, others believe it is a matter of personal responsibility to watch what someone eats and make sure they get the proper exercise. Best selling author of Eat This, Not That, David Zinczenko’s article “Don’t Blame the Eater,” blames the fast food industry for the growing rate of obesity in the United States. Zinczenko’s main idea is that fast food companies should have warning labels on all the food they supply. Zinczenko believes that since health labels are put on tobacco and preserved food product, fast food industries should put labels on today’s fast food.
The fast food industry intentionally markets unhealthy food to children (opposing viewpoints). Did you know that fast food chains spend more than 3 million a year on... ... middle of paper ... ...e should take lightly. The rates of obesity in America’s children and youth have almost tripled in the last quarter century (opposing viewpoints). I know schools are picking healthier options for their students, but is that really enough? Personally, I think parents should be the ones who make sure their children don’t eat to much fast food.
Obesity has become a major health issue in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 1990 the majority of the fifty states had an obesity rate of 20% or lower. In 2014, all but one of the states has an obesity rate of 20% or higher. The obesity rate has been escalating, especially over the last twenty years. There is an ongoing debate over who is responsible for the rise in obesity.
Although the fast food industry is a largely linked to the growth of child obesity, they can not solely take the blame. A child is ten times more likely to become obese if his or her parent is obese. This is due to a combination of genetic factors and social environment the child has been accustomed to. Parents have the responsibility to teach their children that it’s not ok to eat fast food regularly. After all, the parents are the ones who buy the fast food for their children and drive the family to the restaurants.
Mary Lowth says a solution to obesity would include “putting food out of sight, diet, exercise and skipping de... ... middle of paper ... ...he lives of employers (Reinert, 2012). Conclusion Obesity is a steadily growing problem for Americans, especially for American children. Fast food indirectly affects the eating habits and obesity of people in the United States. There are several reasons of increasing popularity of fast food but it is a fact that fast food is not very healthy and balanced food. By avoiding such food one can easily get enough energy to exercise and cut the high-density foods.
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).
There are many ways that a parent can work with fast food restaurants to make sure their children are getting a well-balanced nutritional meal. There has been a ton of research completed on the rise of obesity around the world. Some research has proven that fast food restaurant’s not revealing the calories and nutritional c... ... middle of paper ... ... Children's Menus in Fast-Food and Table-Service Chain Restaurants in London, UK. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior, 43(6), 543-547. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2010.12.006 Teder, M., Mörelius, E., Nordwall, M., Bolme, P., Ekberg, J., Wilhelm, E., & Timpka, T. (2013). Family-Based Behavioural Intervention Program for Obese Children: An Observational Study of Child and Parent Lifestyle Interpretations.
Market Failure of Obesity Obesity is a major problem in the United States. Fatty foods in our society are viewed as cheap and convenient but these foods are costing the nation billions of dollars. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) more than one-third (34.9%) of adults in the United States are obese. The cost of obesity to the United states is estimated to be 147 billion dollars. The yearly medical bills for obese individuals is $1,429 higher than a person of normal weight in the United States.
This meant that the more fast-food advertising a child viewed, the greater the probability of the child or adolescent becoming overweight. The APA supports this on their website through their statement that, "Product preference has been shown to occur with as little as a single commercial e... ... middle of paper ... ...nd got massive headaches when [he] didn't (Super Size Me). Along his journey, he also noted that, "I'll eat some, and just a little while later I'll be hungry again and I'll want more" (Super Size Me). In this documentary, Spurlock's gastroenterologist states that fast food may actually be addictive for its consumers, and that he may be becoming addicted to the fast food. In a study that was performed by The Scripps Research Institute, they found, "that the same molecular mechanisms that drive people into drug addiction are behind the compulsion to overeat, pushing people into obesity" (Scripps Research Study Shows…).