Obesity : Obesity And Obesity

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Obesity Epidemic Due to Fast Food or Something More
Obesity is rising at a rapid rate here in the United States, especially childhood obesity. The obesity epidemic is one of the country’s most serious health problems. Adult obesity rates have doubled since 1980 from 15 to 30 percent, while childhood obesity rates have more than tripled. Is there a link in obesity and fast food eating? Are fast food restaurants to blame for our nation’s obesity issues? Or are we ourselves and our lack of knowledge or desire to be healthier, to blame?
People want to blame everyone and everything for our children’s obesity issues. The number one blame is places on fast food restaurants. Claims that fast food is the main reason our children are overweight and unhealthy. They blame the lack of nutritional information on the product, portion size, the advertising being masculine and enticing to men or boys. On the other hand is it not people’s responsibility to educate themselves on calorie intake, nutritional value, potion control, and healthier alternatives. Aren’t parents responsible for instilling healthy living into their children?
Since 1970, the amount of fast food restaurants in business doubled, which equates to about 300,000 establishments in the United States. Coincidentally, 33.8 percent of the U.S. population is affected by obesity and 19 percent of children and adolescents are also affected. Could there be a link between fast food and obesity?
Let’s look at a few typical fast food…

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