Is America Taking it too Far by Blaming Fast Food for High Obesity Rates?

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In 2013, a poll was taken making the United States the second fattest country in the world, following Mexico (NYPost, “Mexico Beats US to be World’s Fattest Country-”). So the questions stands, is America taking it too far by blaming fast food for the obesity rate? After all, It is the individuals choice where, and what to eat, but on another note, fast food restaurants have a very appealing way in getting buyers, and basically tricking society into eating processed junk food that is high in calories and fats. Even though it is the individual’s decision what to eat, fast food is one of the main reasons for obesity. It is cheap, easily accessible, and fast, but it also problem causing and very dangerous to our bodies. Since fast food is …show more content…
The consequences of fast foods are truly unbelievable. Although fast food and drive through restaurants are easily accessible and “fast”, they are very harmful and put the body at risk for all sorts of diseases and cancers. They are full of processed gooey “meats” and they are anything but natural and nutritious to the body or mind. There are a number of unhealthy ingredients that are put into the foods served at a fast food restaurant, and the following question abides, “What’s really in this delicious cheeseburger..?” look it up, the results will be shocking. That mouth-watering Big Mac with the so called “world’s best fries” and sugary soft drink everyone craves may contain a whole days’ worth of the recommended calorie intake. The Big Mac alone contains 540 calories plus the 210 calories in your Classic Coca-Cola and the 380 calories in that medium fry (“Fast Food Nutrition Facts”). The daily calorie intake should be 1000-2000 calories per person according to OAC, but that one meal alone is 1130 calories. Talk about a fattening diet. All those calories in that Big Mac can eventually add up! 33.8% of the U.S population is affected by obesity, and 19% of those affected are adolescents (OAC).That’s $1,429 more per year paid by each of those individuals just because they are over-weight. Obesity is a big health issue and it leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease - America’s number one killer, and strokes. The

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