However, in recent years, the fast food industry has become the subject and source of the rise in the rate of obesity throughout countries. Journalist and author Eric Schlosser explained in his book, ‘Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal’, that today, fast food has created an impact on society that has fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. Large fast food corporations, such as McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, have become so prominent in people’s daily lives that they have grown so powerful by exploiting their young consumers that they can influence government nutrition policies, as described by Professor Marion Nestle in her book ‘Food Politics’.
Some people blame fast food for America´s overweight and laziness problems while others could not live a day without a double el maco or subway. Fast food was originally intended so serve working class citizens at a fair price for food when they were hungry. Today even the richest man in the world eats
Our ancestors used to eat fatty foods for the caloric value, unlike most people who eat sweets for personal pleasure, they needed these foods to live and thrive. The calories in sweets today and typically nutrient free and we do not require as many calories as our ancestors did. Many people also turned to food when they were going through a tough situation. They would eat to avoid stress and their problems. This is an environmental cause, something around them would causes a problem and then cause them to over eat unhealthy food.
If we didn’t have fast food in the present days, we would be vegetarians or we would all have extreme thin bodies because we didn’t eat food that contains a big amount of carbohydrates. Fast food was made for a purpose and it’s for people who work in offices and are in a hurry to their job during their break. So they grab a meal and make their way quick back to their seats. There have been debates and scientific researches over whether fast food is the main cause of obesity and that it should be blamed for its cause. Mostly people agree with the part of it being the biggest problem for our health and some disagree.
Growing up, my siblings and I never had the privilege of eating out, not to mention consuming fast food. This, thanks to my mother’s incredible devotion, in always preparing the tastiest and healthiest dishes for us. Nowadays, the number of people consuming fast food has increased tremendously, and they are paying for it not only with their cash but also with their health. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases, more than two-thirds of adults in America are considered to be overweight and more than one-third of the above mentioned deemed to be obese. Seeing and hearing all this drastic and upsetting information, made me realize that it was the responsibility of each one of us to lead better and healthier lives, and if a change took place, it would start by changing the mentality and by opening the eyes of fast food consumers.
Introduction Did you know that 30% of the world is either obese or overweight? According to the Food Institute’s analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Millennials alone spend 44 percent of their budget’s food dollars on eating out”. Do Millennials truly know what making a quick stop in the drive thru of a restaurant can do to their bodies? When a person eats fast food often, they can run into a major problem the United States of America is currently facing, which are health problems. Health problems are defined as “a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain” (The Free Dictionary).
Food business has been one of the successful economic fields in United States. McDonald’s, KFC and Hardees are all examples of fast food companies that became well-known worldwide and they sell million meals every month, they attract teens and children mainly and they are getting addicted to it. Although fast food field has a huge profit it doesn’t mean that we should give fast food suppliers and restaurants the permission to do whatever they want. However, fast food suppliers should only care about the quality of their products not “people’s obesity”. Parents are responsible for the obesity in their children and they
When put in 20/20 retrospect, the more simplistic foods are actually less expensive, the whole foods specifically (WebMD)! The pre-packed foods often cost more and deteriorate a healthy lifestyle into what many Americans have fallen into today—obesity, type two diabetes, and growing health issues. Similarly, serving sizes have grown into larger portions compared to the average-sized meal thirty years ago, not helping the poor eating habits people have fallen into, not to mention haven’t taken the time to pull themselves out of (WebMD). The physical and mental draw on a healthy lifestyle is impactful and has not been this way for generations, a developing issue amongst the generations
Many developing countries where food was scarce are now having people on the mass craving fries. This is becoming a big problem for many countries in the past few decades. In Mexico, Mexicans drink an astonishing half a liter per day of carbonated drink, e.g. Coca-Cola, Fanta, Pepsi, Lift, Solo, etc, more than any other country in the world. In China after their long isolation from the outside world, fast food chains have been opening up replacing other healthier, traditional foods.
We all must admit that junk food is really good. Pizzas, Burgers, French Fries, Rolls and etc. are some of the examples of junk food that we cannot resist. Today, junk food businesses are dominating the food industry to a great extent, with each huge food chain generating multibillion dollar revenue, creating thousands of employment opportunities and ruining people’s diet globally. But all this comes at the cost of health and well-being of millions of consumers.
Morgan Spurlock, an American Independent Filmmaker embarked on an experiment of eating only McDonalds for thirty days. He documented his findings in a documentary titled “Supersize Me” As a result, Spurlock gained nearly twenty-five pounds, and his body mass increased almost fifteen percent. The reason behind Spurlock’s investigation was to identify the problem with our countries rise in obesity, largely contributed to a lack of fresh and healthy food being available. Obesity is an epidemic plaguing our country ever so quickly and one of the biggest reasons for it is many communities don’t have access to fresh food, and in many times that food if available exceeds the families budget. The United States Department of Agriculture (1) defines
Americans in the world today tend to be either very healthy, or quite the opposite. There is not much of a happy medium when it comes to the health of United States citizens. With focus on the many different aspects of everyday life, some people neglect to take care of their bodies which leads to health problems. A major problem that is becoming more apparent in our country is obesity. Around 300,000 deaths per year occur due to obesity, as stated by the National Institute of Health (Obesity: Facts, Figures, and Guidelines).
In his interview Pollan mentions, “not only do we need to spend more money on food, we need to spend more time on food”(6). This is a healthier option rather buying fast food or processed food at the store because there are ingredients in these foods that are not as safe for people to eat. Even though it is a quicker option that many Americans prefer, eating fast food is not beneficial for people in the long run. Pollan goes on to say “We have outsourced food preparations to corporations, by and large”(6). Food is not being prepared as often as was in the past and people are giving corporations their money by purchasing their processed food, which is why corporations are taking over.
The happiness of the American people is in jeopardy because of the increase in obesity related health problems and the lack of food education in the public education system. Many of the processed foods that are part of the Standard American Diet are full of sugar. Too much sugar is causing many of the health problems in America. Many of the healthcare problems in America is somehow related to or caused by obesity. The top three leading causes of death – stroke, cancer, and heart disease – are all caused by obesity (Oliver 2010).
Governments around the world need to promote physical activity, whether that be through more P.E. in school or other fitness programs (“Governments must act to reverse alarming rise in Childhood Obesity”). Governments should also support more healthy foods, especially since today McDonald’s will sell a burger for a dollar, but to buy a salad it costs much more. Also large corporations need to see the problem and stop ignoring it. PepsiCo has recognized that there is a lot of business opportunity in offering customers more healthy products, and health-oriented products are now the company’s fastest growing sector and currently represent almost 40% of the company (Hood).