The Problem Of Childhood Obesity

1261 Words Jul 28th, 2015 6 Pages
Why is it very common in the twenty-first century to see obese or overweight children in America? The answer is simple: fast food is convenient. Fast food restaurants are located just about everywhere, and it is extremely simple to find one on every corner. In his article “Don’t Blame the Eater”, David Zinczenko explains that growing up “lunch and dinner…was a daily choice between McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, or Pizza Hut” (241). The author indicates that these are still the only available options for children to get an affordable meal. Zinczenk explains that fast food has not changed. It is still cheap and not nutritious. The author goes on to demonstrate that it was fast food that led him to childhood obesity. In his article, Zinczenk states that “according to the National Institutes of Health, Type 2 diabetes accounts for at least 30 percent of all new childhood cases of diabetes in this country” (242). Childhood obesity is increasing and is causing serious health problems. I believe that Americans are not educated that fast food consists of high amounts of fats, sugar and sodium, which can lead to obesity, and other health problems. The fast food industry should take full responsibility for the high number of children who are obese. As a society, Americans need to learn that childhood obesity in America is an epidemic growing disease. Americans need to be educated about the fast food industry, so we can provide strategies to reduce childhood obesity for…
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