Mcdonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken(KFC) and Taco Bell had been around and took advantage of the circumstances. Consumers turned to fast food as an alternative to traditional home cooked meals. In Attacking the Obesity Epidemic by First Figuring Out Its Cause, a New York Times article written by Jane E. Brody Says, “Women were spending a lot less time on food preparations, but the industry figured out ways to make food more readily available for everybody”(1). This indicates how the food industry adapted and become aware of the situation and took advantage. With women being away from home families alone at home would be hungry.
The novel just explains the effects of fast food while the movie explains deeply the reason why consumers buy fast food. In the novel, Eric Schlosser states that fast food is among the reason kids nowadays are suffering obesity. Different from the movie, it interviews a family who had been eating on fast food for a long time. The reason why they are prone to buy fast food is because it costs less than nutritional food like vegetables and fruits. Because the prices are a huge different, those of low income tend to buy the cheaper, non-nutritional food.
Today, the obesity rates in the United States have increased tremendously, but whom to blame the fast food industry to the consumers? Obesity in the United States has affected the lives of many individuals, but it is not a consumer’s fault. The fast-food companies are manipulating its consumers by not giving them access to nutritional information content included in their meals. With this intention, giving people access to nutrition facts can help turn their lives around. When deciding what you want to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, knowing the nutritional values of each meal can be an important component of your decision.
The idea that “food deserts” are the leading cause of obesity is broad, complicated and somewhat paradoxical. For example, “food deserts can occur in a community when available and accessible stores fail to offer healthy, affordable food” (Source A). With the idea that food deserts are the leading cause of obesity, this broad idea states that obesity can be cured by throwing down more grocery stores and problem solved. However, as stated in source C, “We have stressed throughout the course of our work that simply plopping down a grocery store doesn't mean that these problems are instantly solved” (Source C). This counters the idea provided in source A because it opens up the idea that there are other causes to the epidemic.
“Fast food restaurants have us hooked on to their tasty food. You See a lot of people buying fast food because how good it tastes. Well let me tell you it is not good for your health. Why do fast food places lower their prices because they know people will buy it if it doesn’t cost that much and most people buy it cause that`s how much they can afford”. Fast food places is a way to not cook every week I feel bad for people when I go to McDonald’s and ask them, do you know what you’re eating in they say
Over recent years, the United States obesity epidemic has increased in abundance to the point where an individual should be worried about making healthier life choices. Eating habits are an immense reason why our health has changed for the worse since the 70s. People die young due to developing obesity related diseases. Diseases occur from choices people make, what one decides to eat, and how much an individual decides to eat. Studies show the life expectancy for an unhealthy person who chooses to eat a bigger portion size, often less than the average individual who keeps a balanced way of eating.
In this era of globalization,we increasingly move towards sophisticated and high living technology. Many things evolve with this change for example architecture building,too dense,and not mention to the way our food preparation. In this case,we stress about the society that likes to take too many fast food as their everyday practice. This is because they are very busy and have no many time to prepare the food. So,the alternative way is they prepared the fast food as their meal.
Food Inc. Food Inc., a documentary over the different food incorporations and facts that most of the consumers are not aware. Food Inc., discuses the main important themes that are caused by us the consumer’s food vs. healthy food, the reaction of the government, corn different uses, and how the consumers react. People choose fast food because it has two main things it is cheaper, and fast. The question is it fast food is good for us?
Heidi Stevens' article A problem of grand proportions for the Tribune Newspaper, daringly quoted Brian Wansink "affordability isn't what's driving us to overeat, the three biggest drivers that mess us up are: how big our portions are, how frequently we eat and what we eat". We are mindlessly eating away our health with each and every bit of processed, unhealthy foods. Modifying our choices and stretching every dollar the healthy way can reverse a health disease that is on its way. You're hungry and you eat anything that entices your taste buds without evaluating the risks of health consequences in the future.
When the dinner bell rings in America, many families are not flocking to the table, but running to the car and the call of the “Golden Arches”. In today’s over-scheduled world, food has now become an afterthought and America is paying the price, literally. Obesity is now an epidemic and a crisis that is not slowing down. The nation is not only paying the price with sky-rocketing medical bills from the effects of the American diet, but also with the deteriorating health of its citizens and for the first time in history, a generation with a shorter life expectancy than the generation before. Food today looks nothing like the food of just 40 years ago, and now instead, is making people sick and obese.
So what exactly is the problem? Well, the USDA food desert locator (3) shows that ten percent of America is classified as a food desert. Households all across the country don’t have access to fresh and healthy food causing them to resort to unhealthy cheaper food like fast food or food someone could get from a convenience store. Food deserts can impact the health of our nation. Especially when it comes to obesity, because studies have shown that having greater number of convenience stores are linked to having higher obesity.
Schlosser mentions why people do not care much for healthy options, “Consumers savor the flavor while operators embrace [the] profit margin”(241). That is pretty much saying that the even if they do have a healthier option, it does not necessary mean that it is healthy at all. Another article from natural news mentions what obesity because of processed foods does to the body. The article says that although many people do not eat at any fast food restaurant they can still find processed foods in grocery markets, that
They are both to blame. The parents keep blaming the companies and the companies keep blaming the parents. They should both just take responsability that they both are to blame for the obesity of the children. Parents are sometimes too busy to be able to make their children a homemade meal. There are so many fast food restaurants in every town or city, they’re everywhere and the food is prepared and quick so the kids want that because it taste good and the parents buy it because they have no time to make them a meal at home.
These calorie bombs are consumed by millions of Americans everyday because it’s quick, cheap and easy. (Wright and Aronne 1) Americans are also not getting enough physical activity to burn off the excess calories they are consuming. In Wright and Aronne’s article it quotes doctors from Cornell Medical College saying, “There is less access to physical activity (fewer sidewalks), less physical education in schools, and more time is spent on sedentary behaviors such as television watching, surfing the internet, and playing video games.” Wright and Arrone also estimated in 2005 that less than half of US adults engaged in recommended levels of physical activity (Wright and Arrone 2). Social factors also contribute to obesity.