Obesity Is A Serious Public Concern

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Obesity has increased rapidly in the U.S. since the 1970s. At the same time, the number of fast food restaurants more than doubled over the same time period. Exposes such as “Fast Food Nation” (Schlosser, 2001) and “Supersize Me” (Spurlock, 2004) highlight the popular perception that these two trends may be related—the availability of fast food may have caused at least some of the increase in obesity. Obesity has been linked to hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, kidney problems and certain cancers so that the rise in obesity has become a serious public concern. This paper will compare and contrast fast foods and home made foods and their link to obesity.
Lets explore what the term fast food means and what it consists of. Fast food is used to describe any food that can be prepared and served very quickly. While some meals can be prepared with very little time and could be considered to be fast food, characteristically the term refers to food that is sold in a restaurant or store with preheated or precooked ingredients, and served to the customer in a package. The term "fast food" was recognized in a dictionary by Merriam–Webster in 1951, “designed for ready availability, use, or consumption and with little consideration given to quality or significance.”
Home made or cooked food on the hand is any food that is prepared and cooked at home. They are usually considered healthier because they contain less processed ingredients. Food made at home is usually
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