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The Effects Of Fast Food On Children

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Did you know that 30% of children ages 6 to 11 are overweight? 15.3% of children ages 6 to 11 are obese? The impact obesity has on a child can become life changing. “According to the CDC if current trends continue, 1 of 3 U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050” (Evans, W, 2006). Behind the mask of obesity is a child that falls into the trap of fast food advertisement. Overall, the fast food industry should be more socially responsible and not direct their marketing strategy of unhealthy food choices to children; this will cut down the percentage of children suffering from childhood obesity that leads to various health issues.
One might object here, that it is a free market and freedom of speech is part of the U.S. Constitution. However, everyone has a different opinion about fast food and boudaries must be respected. Still the fast food market is targeting children too often and too much, even involving Schools to advertise unhealthy food in exchange for funding. One may argue, children learn by example, parents are responsible for leading them in the right direction of how to make healthy food choices. With this being said, parents are beginning to become concerned with how the fast food is being marketed to children.
One of the largest leading industries known as “fast food” continues to market unhealthy promotions, targeting young minds. “Children watch an average of over ten related food advertisements daily, and (nearly 4,000 per year)” (Powell LM, S. R. 2011).
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