For Many Families, Money Plays A Massive Role In Choosing

1287 WordsFeb 9, 20176 Pages
For many families, money plays a massive role in choosing food options. On top of paying house mortgages, car payments, and utilities, many of these parents struggle to provide healthy food options for their children. In the United States, “approximately 42 percent of children and adolescents reported that they eat fast food regularly” (“Journal of the American Dietetic Association” ). This number is not surprising, there are over 630,511 restaurants. As a result, the childhood obesity has been increasing at an alarming rate and has doubled in the last three decade. Successful fast food chains such as McDonald 's, Burger King, Wendy’s, are being held accountable for contributing to the rapid growth of childhood obesity. However, perhaps we…show more content…
McDonald’s the nation 's number one fast food chains are known worldwide, because of their reputation for affordable menu options and unhealthy dietary products. McDonald’s popular items such as the McChicken, McNuggets, Big Mac and McDouble all contain ingredients such as azodicarbonamide, added in almost every hamburger bun are used to improve texture of the dough can be found in tobacco products, sodium acid pyrophosphate a synthesis substance that leads to imbalance dietary and osteoporosis and dimethylpolysiloxane which is used in their cooking oil also can be found in cosmetics such as hair care products. Consuming food that contains these ingredients leads to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease. In the article, Obesity and Fast Food, by Dr. Ananya Mandal, states “Most of the fast foods are targeted towards children and there is a sustained pattern of eating fast foods and eating out”. Fast food franchise’s target audiences are usually children because it builds life long customers. This means these children will learn bad meal habits which cause them to implement this behavior through adulthood. That’s is why fast food corporate incentives for children, such as the “Happy Meals” from McDonald’s and Burger King’s box with a crown alongside their kid 's meal. Allowing them to recruitment thousands of children to drag their parents to these restaurants. For example,
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