Fast Food And The Food Industry

979 Words Oct 5th, 2015 4 Pages
Have you tried on last year’s jeans and realized they were a bit too snug? The thought of dieting has probably occurred to you. There is nothing wrong with trying to be healthier, whether the reason is to fit into old clothes or to just feel better about yourself. It is never easy to change your once unhealthy lifestyle to something different, but overall, better for you, especially when everywhere you turn you see one of the fifty thousand fast food chains in the United States alone (Ransohoff). It might be easy to resist the cheap and easy deliciousness of a McDonald’s cheeseburger for a while, but then you have a long day and cooking seems too tedious for the amount of energy you actually have. Or you are out with friends and the only food options are fast food. That is okay! Today, healthier food options are more accessible in and out of the fast food industry.
In today’s world of technology and medicine, it is a widely known fact that fast food is extremely dangerous to our health. The most common epidemic related to fast food is obesity. From their research in 2011-2012, the CDC states, “Approximately 17% (or 12.7 million) children and adolescents between the ages of two and nineteen years old are obese” and “more than one third (34.9% or 78.6 million) adults in the U.S. are obese” (Overweight). Obesity can lead to a number of other health problems, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a greater risk for cardiovascular disease (Dangers). While fast food…

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