Obesity has been framed as a topic of personal responsibly for a long time. For many, the fundamental notion has always been that if you stop eating junk food and eat “healthy”, you will maintain a healthy weight. According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control’s 2007-2008 Health and Nutrition Examination survey, it was found that 73.7% of all Americans 20 years old or older were overweight, obese, or extremely obese. That is a lot of fat people and it is hard to believe that fast food alone is responsible for 70% of adult Americans being overweight.
In the past forty years, the average American’s weight has skyrocketed. This can be traced to the introduction of fast food into our everyday lives. Fatty cheeseburgers and grease laden French fries have replaced fresh fish and crisp vegetables. Americans have come to value convenience more highly than personal health and consequently we are paying for what we consume.
Obesity is a big topic in American society, it has grown over the years and it has become very well known. It has become an American concern and the food industry has been an easy target to blame for this “epidemic”. The truth to this is that it can be easy to blame the fast food industry, but the real truth it is, that obesity has become what it is now because our society has let that happened; the government, the citizens, the food industry's. They have all played an important role to what it is now obese.
Fast food franchises are not to blame for America’s obesity dilemma, the consumers are. Over one third of all adults are obese and 17% of teenagers are either overweight or obese. Numbers have significantly risen since 1990. On a state level, in 1990, obesity was 15% or lower. In 2000, it rose as high as 25% in some states says CNN, a highly respected news source which was founded in 1980. Obesity can increase the risk of all types of medical issues including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and many more. America is becoming much too big and it cannot just continue to be overlooked. No one wants to lose a loved one due to Obesity related health problems. Consumers
The United States has seen a rapid increase in the number of obese adults. More precisely, the late 1970’s marks a point in which the percentage of obese adults started to jump. Within a twenty year period, the percentage of obese adults had risen almost twenty percent. Today, we sit at sixty-eight percent of the population obese or overweight and the numbers only continue to rise. With a boom in the popularity of fast food restaurants in the mid 1900’s, society had easy access to food, fast. Still today, we rely on fast food to feed us, fast and cheap. However, most fast food is not only easy to access, contributing to over eating, but is also very unhealthy. I see this as a major contributor to the issue of obesity.
United States(US) is most obese country in North America and has not taken effective measures to significantly dwindle down the obese or overweight population. Obesity is a condition where a person has built up body fat from food to the point where their weight can have negative effects on their health. Being overweight means a person weighs more than what is considered normal for the age, height and gender while being obese is a person having a Body Mass Index of over 30 pounds. If untreated the accumulated body fat can cause type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, for this reason the United States must take effective action to tackle down the obese population. A common myth is that people become obese because they chose to eat junk food and refuse to eat little to no healthy food with no self-control of their eating habits. The real truth is fast food companies sell unhealthy foods cheaper than healthy foods resulting in low income families and people on a tight budget to chose the cheaper food deal. The cheaper food deals combined with the rise of technology to make transportation easier than the 20th century and walking seem like a chore. The unfortunate phenomenon has made it the duty of the 18 to 25 year old, which from here on will be referred to as young adults, to set healthy examples for future generations while demanding that fast food businesses make healthy foods just as affordable as unhealthy food.
People have been paying money every time they've gone through a drive-through because of how much gas you waste. This has become a serious waste in the U.S. because so many citizens have been wasting their fuel in a long and slow line for five minutes; every time they go to a drive-through. Drive-Throughs have accounted for nearly seventy percent of fast food sales because of how convenient they are. For these reasons being drive-throughs should be banned from restaurants, so that people may not have to waste their time and money in a line. Even though thirty-two million gallons of gas are being wasted per year, we shouldn't get rid of them because fast-food places would go out of business.
In the United States of America, fast food has become such a big deal. There are fast food restaurants everywhere now. Each way you look, there’s a McDonald’s here or a Wendy’s there and they’re building them quicker because Americans have become lazier and lazier. Fast food can be the blame for most of our health problems. Since the rate for fast food has went up, so has the rate of obesity, non-communicable diseases/disorders and even death. The numerous issues of unhealthy eating and living are leading to many life-threatening diseases/disorders, one in particular is diabetes. More and more people are diagnosed each day with diabetes. In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population,
There are many factors of obesity in the U.S and many other countries around the world. Yet one of the most prominent reasons for increasing weight gain, health risks, and foodborne illness outbreaks, is fast food. Little does the average crowd of hungry customers know what is being fed to them, or what they’re getting themselves into. Fast food is addicting, with high amounts of additives, cheap prices, and convenient locations, it’s hard to resist if oblivious to the hazards. In a year, residents will pay more for fast food than on movies, books, magazines, videos and much more, and for a cheap price too. This being a result of another corporation chain tactic to lure in consumers. In other terms, it’s better to pay less, and make more in the end for companies. Choosing to eat healthier in the United States is slowly shifting power from the consumer to the producer as many companies and fast food restaurants increase the
In the United States, there are increasing numbers of people suffering from obesity. In Michael Pollan’s book “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” he says that three of every five Americans are overweight and one of every five is obese (76). Obesity becomes a major health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the estimate medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion a year. Why Americans are obese? The answer for obesity is that Americans are relying too much on fast food. Many factors that contribute to obesity epidemic; particularly, fast food is the chief causes of obesity.
Since the revolution expansion of fast foods in the United States of America , Fast foods has had a big impact on many citizens health. One being the Health condition Obesity. Obesity is the number one outcome from the constant consumption of fast foods in America. According to the USDA, “overweight or obese people are more likely than those at normal weight to have medical problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.” The total annual cost of obesity was an estimated $117 billion in 2000[fastfoodinus.blogspot] . Recent statistics show that More than a third of adults (34.9
In the United States today, obesity has become an enormous problem. In the last three decades, the number of people overweight has increased dramatically. A study done by the Centers of Disease Control showed that since 1980, one third of our adult population has become overweight. America is the richest but also the fattest nation in the world, and our obese backsides are the butt of jokes in every other country (Klein 28). The 1980s were a time when Americans suddenly started going crazy over dieting, jumping onto the treadmills, and buying prepackaged non-fat foods. However, while all of that was going on, the number of obese Americans began to increase. Approximately 34.9% of people in America are obese. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, fifty eight million people in our country weigh over 20 percent of their bodies ideal weight.The article “Fat Times” states, “If this were about tuberculosis, it would be called an epidemic” (Elmer-Dewit 58). The eating habits of society have steadily become more harmful and have started to produce gluttonous children, over-indulgent adults, and a food industry set too much on satisfying our appetites.
The United States of America has the highest present of obese or overweight people in the whole nation a booming 60%. 1 out of 4 people in America visit a fast food restaurant. We as a nation spent over $110 billion dollars on just on fast food. Whose fault is it that were the fattest nation in the whole world; the fast food company or our own? The fast food chains fault for giving such unhealthy foods or the peoples for knowing it’s bad for you but still eating it. Personally it’s all on you, you know how bad this stuff is but you still eat it. In a 2012 court case two teenagers are suing the McDonald's Corporation they frequented for damages related to their obesity. After this court case a third party male named Spurlock decided document
People who are obese and/or have Type 2 diabetes is rising, in David Zinczenko’s “Don’t Blame the Eater,” he states that “before 1994, diabetes in children was generally caused by a genetic disorder” and around 5 percent were due to obesity (392). Since then the numbers have increased at an alarming rate. There are people who argue that the fast food industry is to blame for these numbers, however, people are not as naïve to not know what repercussions consistent unhealthy eating has on their health. In America, we have seen the efforts of society trying to tackle unhealthy eating with the food pyramid, the food plate and portions, former First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthy eating and even the lobbying for taxation on sugary drinks. However, America still faces the health issue of obesity and its consequences on the body. Yet, who should be held accountable to this health issue America faces: the fast food industry and their affordable food, people who refuse or are ignorant to face the facts of unhealthy eating, or the food industry who produces the alternatives (healthy food) but are more costly than fast food itself.