Essay on Curbing Obesity Rates

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Fast food is responsible for the increase of obesity rates in Western nations. In order to curb obesity rates, government regulation from the local level is necessary. The fast food corporations are responsible for the obesity epidemic because they make false health claims about their food and market heavily to children. But critics of regulation state that individuals, along with their food choices are responsible for the obesity epidemic. But regulation proponents believe that fast food needs regulation because of high obesity rates in poor inner city neighborhoods. In order to curb current obesity rates, local governments must intervene by implementing fast food regulations. In order to decrease obesity rates in Western nations, …show more content…
Regulating the fast food industry will not curb obesity rates. But regulation proponents believe social pressure will be implemented in order to urge individuals to stop or reduce the consumption of fast food (MacMillan 2). Government regulation is necessary to curb the obesity epidemic by introducing zoning laws to ban the construction of new fast food restaurants, which will limit access to unhealthy food. Critics argue that fast food regulations will not work. But regulation proponents rebut that fast food regulations will urge individuals to eat healthy. Fast food corporations are responsible for the obesity epidemic due to their false health claims, along with the excessive marketing to children. Some people believe that customer demand is responsible for the obesity epidemic coming from the gradual increase of food portions. Critics of fast food corporations rebut that the expansion of fast food causes other problems besides obesity. Fast food corporations are responsible for the obesity epidemic due to heavy advertising directed at children, along with dubious health claims that certain fast food items are healthy. In Australia, the fast food industry is under attack by their government because fast food advertisements are heavily marketed to children, a population segment vulnerable to obesity (Tillett 1). Another example comes from a dubious claim by Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) stating that eating two fried chicken breasts is healthier than eating a
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