Anything from peanut butter sandwiches to canned beans are cheaper, healthier alternative... ... middle of paper ... ...ernment, and a lack of time, and take accountability for their unhealthy addictions. There are healthy alternatives to the fat-filled hamburger, still at a minimal price. Also, People can save money and eat healthier by preparing home cooked meals. Lastly, citizens must maintain a minimum of thirty minutes of physical activity a day. “According to the surgeon general, obesity today is officially an epidemic; it is arguably the most pressing public health problem” (Pollan, 2010, pg.1).
Yet, the human population can decide to buy food that is fast and unhealthy before considering to eat an at home nutritious meal. Processed food and fast food are high in both sodium and sugar. In terms of people knowing the consequences of eating unhealthy, they would rather choose a poor habit. In the article “Top 11 Reasons for Fast Food’s Popularity,” the article states “Studies show that people prefer food that is inexpensive, convenient, and rather buy food instead of eating a cooked meal.” Food that can be brought in less than ten minutes to eat is what causes people to eat out a majority of the
Americans use this statement to validate going out to eat rather than cooking. Bittman argues that this statement is used to explain the reasoning of why people are overweight, particularly in lower income families (660). The reality is that it is not cheaper to buy fast food or junk food, but actually cheaper to cook a home cooked meal. It could cost around 28 dollars to feed a family of four at McDonalds, while it can cost around 14 dollars to cook a meal at home and even low as 9 dollars (Bittman660). Excuses of junk food being cheaper is not relevant, it is the lack of time wanting to spend and the way society and the body is programmed.
A processed type of food is cheap, but also affects people's health. McDonalds® is one of the cheapest fast food places in the United States of America with some food only costing a dollar and also one of the unhealthiest. Low-income families will go there because they are hungry and need a cheep place to eat, but it affects they're health too. McDonalds and many other fast food places contribute by making unhealthy ... ... middle of paper ... ... also made more food available globally. Still around the world there are shortages of food in areas where food is difficult to grow.
While fast-food restaurants should take some of the blame for the obesity epidemic, it’s ultimately the consumer’s choice to choose fast-food over healthier choices. Many different factors such as convenience, cost, and environmental factors, along with lack of exercise, are also contributors to the rising obesity rate in America. Whether people are willing to admit it or not, the desire for convenience is one of the main factors that leads to obesity. In today’s fast-food industry, it’s extremely hard to find food that isn’t “highly processed, full of fat, calories and sodium” (Muntel). While people are recommended to eat an average of 1,500-1,800 calories and around 50-60 grams of fat per day, one can easily take in a whole day’s worth of calories and fat in one fast-food meal.
The limited accessibility of fresh foods and excess of fast food restaurants in low-income areas are a catalyst to the obesity epidemic. The obesity epidemic is rising by a swift rate; there are two contributing factors to this. The first factor is that companies are confusing consumers on what is healthy to eat. The other factor is that poor people do not have access to healthy places to eat and end up eating affordable unhealthy food, which would be fast food. The poor people who live in food deserts end up not having many options, and the people that know what it is detrimental do not care to stop eating.
There has been withstanding controversy about whether fast food is easier on the pocket than eating home-cooked meals. Take McDonald’s for instance, they’re notorious for their convenient and affordable dollar and value menus. Since you can get a burger for just $1.19, feeding a family of four should be inexpensive right? Mark Bittman, author of “Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?” argues otherwise. He claims that fast food is not at all cheaper than buying a few groceries and cooking at home.
Obesity, diabetes, and heart complications are prevalent in American society. More than 30% of American adults are classified as obese (Center for Disease Control). Members of all social classes are typically guilty of eating unhealthy and processed food, because these options are marketed to be more appealing to the taste buds and less expensive than healthier alternatives. Although increasing taxes on unhealthy drinks may be seen as patronizing and invasive, this process would be beneficial by encouraging consumers to consider healthier options, helping to reduce obesity, and lowering the cost of future care for diseases linked to obesity. In 2011, the World Health Organization reported that non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, strokes, chronic lung diseases, cancers and diabetes are the leading killers worldwide.
Fast Food makes the world go round Burgers, fries, hot dogs, fried chicken and a nice icy milkshake on the side all under 10 dollars! You may be thinking “wow! what a bargain” or something like “all that for only 10 dollars or under?” Of course, when americans hear or see advertisements like that they will head right to the nearest fast food restaurant and order them a nice filling meal. Ever think something is wrong there? Maybe the reason the price is so low, is because the quality is very cheap and bad.
By law it is required for food-producing companies to place a label on their products with a listing of the serving size and ... ... middle of paper ... ...ng sugar and fats. The junk food companies know this, but they don’t care, because it makes them rich. In summary, this is why by law, all fast-food companies should have forced limitations on distribution which has lead to the rise of obesity in America. By taking a stand against the rise of obesity, America’s bodies will be in healthy condition, and are able to be the positive motivation for others to follow. Once more people choose to live a happy and healthful life, the decrease of obesity will begin to show.