Relation Between Fast Food Restaurants and Obesity

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Fast Food Restaurants and Obesity Introduction The combination of increasingly sedentary lifestyles, two-income families with children, busy single professionals and the proliferation of fast food restaurants in recent years has created a "perfect storm" of obesity in the United States as well as a number of other countries. Further exacerbating the problem is the lack of nutrition and high levels of fat content in many fast food restaurant products, making their consumption a high-risk activity for many people today. In response to increasing public concerns over these trends, some fast food chains have introduced healthier and culturally specific choices for their consumers, but critics suggest that these initiatives fail to go far enough in addressing the problem. To determine the facts in this case, this paper provides a review of the relevant literature concerning the role of fast food restaurants in contributing to the increasing levels of obesity around the world in general and in the United States in particular. A summary of the research and important findings are presented in the paper's conclusion. Review and Discussion In a process termed "McDonaldization," the proliferation of fast food restaurants has been alternatively credited with and blamed for spreading Western values and business practices to other countries. Irrespective of these implications, though, the harsh reality of this proliferation of fast food alternatives has been epidemic-levels of
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