Fast-food, obesity and children as consumers. The rate at which fast-food is being consumed nowadays is highly alarming and very harmful to the health. This very consumption can result to complicated health issues such as obesity, heart failure arthritis and possibly death. The population of people who eat fast-food rapidly increases as the population of different fast-food restaurants increases. Fast-foods are very harmful to the body due to the high level of saturated fat, sodium, trans-fat, cholesterol they contain. Food can be said to be any nutritious substance that satisfies hunger and builds the body. Fast-food is just a name given to foods that are prepared rather quickly and usually always cheap. Fast-food includes fries, hamburger, hotdog, sandwich, etc. These foods contain little or no nutrients because of the processes in which they have been subjected to. Previously in the United States, fast-food industries started out very little like every other industry, there were no much places where fast-foods were sold but since then, fast-food industries has blossomed and is still blossoming. “An industry that began with a handful of modest hotdog and hamburger stands in the southern California has spread to every corner of the nation, selling a broad range of foods wherever paying customers may be found” (schlosser 3). Fast-food is just a way to escape cooking a healthy meal. Fast-food is cheap and at the same time expensive because when something is both cheap and fast it is very tempting to buy it constantly because you feel that it is not worth much and is easily prepared but what people don’t know is that, that is the way fast-foods are being advertised with cheap items so more can be bought. In the year 1970, Americans spent about 6billion on fast-food, in 2001 spent more than 110 billion, this is year 2012 and the amount spent on fast food is more than the two figures combined. As the years go by the amount of money been put into fast-food doubles thereby making room for more fast-food restaurants to be built. If one decides to calculate all the money he/she has put into fast-food, it would amount to nothing less than the price of a new laptop or a better education which is more important than food that enters the mouth and damages the system. Some fast-food restaurants include McDonalds, burger king, dominoes. I was searching through the web and found an article written anonymously by the manager of a branch of McDonalds he said “McDonalds only succeeds (and especially in the U.S) because of the public’s willingness and revolting eagerness to stuff their faces with red meat and processed French fries…throw in anything that is on sale because they don’t want to pass up on extra fat for a lower price” (swing manager). This is really true because people prefer to buy a large product for a lower price to a small product for a lower price. Fast-food restaurants like McDonalds don’t care what they are selling and how it affects the health, all they care about is how up the sales are , what next to add on the menu to attract more customers. It doesn’t even matter to them how healthy their environment is and how the meal is being prepared by the staff all they want to know is that customers are buying and they are attracting more customers. The fast-food industries would be nothing without the secretive flavor industries. We are meant to believe that the flavor of the foods that are being sold in the fast-food restaurants comes naturally. Truthfully it doesn’t. People only believe that it does. It comes from the chemicals which have been mixed in the flavor industries to produce both a nice aroma and taste. This is the major reason why fast-foods have a constant taste and smell. You can identify the smell of a burger anywhere the only thing is that it might not be natural or is natural, you can’t differentiate. ”millions of tons of chemicals are added to the food that
Overweight and obesity in children are major health problems in the United States. However, they are not the same thing. Obesity means having too much body fat, while overweight means weight too much ("Obesity in Children"). The amount of children who are obese has more than doubled, while the number of adolescents who are overweight has tripled since 1980 ("Childhood Obesity"). Being obese during childhood and adolescence increases the risk of developing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type…
Imagine a generation of U.S citizens that only live to see the age of 46. This is what we have to look forward to if our epidemic of childhood obesity continues. The NAOO reports that 98% of people who are obese in ages 2-19 will not live past the age of 46. Only 2% of those people may live past that age. If the typical American lifestyle does not change, the epidemic of childhood obesity will lead to generations of obese and unhealthy adults.
The problem of childhood obesity in the…
In the beginning they look terribly cute then grow and grow to become terribly obese. There is nothing cute about being obese. In fact, it is life-threatening. Children are called children for a reason, they still need the guidance and care of their parents or adults. Becoming obese takes time and it is incumbent upon the parents or the adults to make sure that their children grow up to be healthy individuals and not suffer the health and social consequences of obesity as adults…
constantly fighting high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea and low self-esteem. (Childhood obesity: A generation at risk) There are many other stories, just like Danielle’s, of kids dealing with childhood obesity and having increased risks of disorders those adults 30 years ago wouldn’t imagine having. So who is to blame for childhood obesity? In a news article by BBC News, “Child Obesity: Why do parents let their kids get fat,” the parents are to blame because they lack education in the types of foods…
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“Childhood Obesity: A growing Problem”
It is a parents and schools job to prevent obesity in their children by teaching them healthy eating habits. It is important for them to understand what Obesity is in order to treat it. Obesity is a medical illness of carrying more than average body fat than a child should have, affecting their health and causing reduced life expectancy. Childhood obesity is a worldwide problem where kids tend to carry on this problem into their…
Childhood Obesity is indeed a persistent problem in the world, but for whom. It was for me at one point and I was so far from being aware. When the Wii Fit was released my cousin got one and he called me over to play. As I was making my character the hi-tech machine took my weight and height then a rainbow meter appeared with the labels underweight, healthy weight, and overweight. My cousin’s meter was in the dead middle of the green healthy weight section while…
The growth of Obesity in America
There has been a rapid growth of obesity in America and it isn't hard to figure out why. Every corner you turn there is a fast food restaurant. Fast food is so convenient and so much more cheaper than healthy food and the low prices for a burger distract us from eating healthy. And for those in a rush it is perfect for them to drive through the drive through and grab a burger and go to work. Stress is also a huge factor in Americas increase in obesity, also technology…
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Is Fast Food the Cause to Obesity, or is it Just a Factor?
Over 300,000 deaths occur every year due to obesity. Obesity adds over 117 billion dollars in health care every year. Obesity is an ongoing epidemic in the United States as well as in other countries. Kids eat out more than often, portion sizes are exceeded, and fast food has started being served in school cafeterias. Eating out often leaves the consumer used to eating above…
Many Americans are worried of the non-stop growth of the obesity population. As Morgan Spurlock, the director of the documentary film Super Size Me, stated in an interview, “I couldn't open up a magazine you couldn't read, a newspaper, you couldn't turn on the TV without hearing about the obesity epidemic in America.” Obesity is an excess of body fat. How do one know is obese? Body Mass Index (BMI), it is an accurate indicator of body fat and weight index for a person. This indicator varies in sex…