Fast Food Is The Leading Cause Of Preventable Death

1672 Words Dec 10th, 2014 7 Pages
Did you know that “every day 1 in 4 Americans visit a fast food restaurant? If that’s not alarming to you, then consider this, left unabated, obesity will surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in America.” (Clark, Charles) Fast food has become a part of American culture. With the way the world is today who wouldn’t want to eat somewhere that can have you in and out in five minutes for fewer than five dollars? It has been made very clear that Americans love to eat as we rank number one most years as the world’s most obese nation, but it’s not just America. In his documentary, Morgan Spurlock notes that, “Popular fast food chains like McDonalds, now operate in more than 126 countries in six continents having more than 31,000 restaurants globally.” (Spurlock 2004) The most alarming part about all of these statistics is the groups they most affect. The catchy advertisements and addictive qualities of the food is what has everyone coming back for more. Fast food companies advertisements targeting the young and lower classes are the cause for the obesity epidemic in America. What these companies are trying to do by planting the seed, that is their brand name, in these young children’s minds can almost be compared to the methods of cigarette companies marketing their product as fun and cool to a young audience in the 1960’s until recent. (Routledge) Who better than to pick on than those who don’t know any better? McDonald’s distributes more toys in a year than…
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