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’.
Their health can also be affected incredibly, if they eat fast food way too much. Their money can also be majorly affected by advertisements if they choose to spend money on worthless products. The role of advertising in the lives of youth is extremely important, it makes or breaks their decisions with money, health and what they do with their life. To start us off, marketing companies may say that they are just “doing their job” but, in reality they are just taking advantage of every aspect of youth’s lives, including school! Like sometimes I’ll walk around school and I see a group of kids wearing a bunch of thrasher magazine t-shirts.
Is making school lunches healthier really worth it? Is the money and kids going to be a problem? In twenty-ten an act was passed to help children eat healthier in school lunches. Schools are taking out foods that do not meet the calorie standard (two-hundred calories) because the obesity rate has skyrocketed since the eighties. But this act is actually causing more problems than everyone thought.
He closes his introduction by displaying his concern for children, due to the fact that “this is an industry that boths feed and feeds off the young” (9). He uses an appeal to pathos and a somber tone in order to state the serious effects of fast food on children. The display of serious concern appeals to the audience and urges them to read on. Schlosser proceeds to include several USDA studies (197), which not only establish his credibility, but serves to assure the readers of the content of the book. The author then ends his argument by making a comparison of drugs and food “ Far more Americans are severely harmed every year by food poisoning than illegal drug use” (264).
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.
For example, if a male does not have a father to discipline him, he may turn into a kid that fights at school, because he does not have that discipline that he would get from a father. However, just because they only have a mother does not mean they will end up violent. As long as their mother raises them correctly, they will be a well adjusted citizen. It is also stated that if a single mom has a child they may become poor. Robert Franklin, author of the article “Children Need Both Parents, Even after Divorce” , implies, “single mothers with children living with them are far more likely to live in poverty than is any other segment of society”.
Weight gain occurs when you consume more calories than you burn in a day. In a 2004 study published in "The Lancet," researchers found that eating more than twice per week at fast food restaurants is linked to significantly more weight gain over time than occasional visits. similarly, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley in 2009 noted that living near a fast food restaurant is linked to a 5.2 percent greater risk of obesity.the 2004 study noted that regularly eating fast food doubles your chance of developing insulin resistance, which heightens risk of developing type 2 diabetes.The number of people worldwide living with diabetes has more than doubled since 1980, from 153 million then to nearly 350 million in 2011, according to a report in "The Guardian.Higher densities of fast food restaurants are linBringing young children to fast food restaurants for breakfast is a bad decision to make
As an unhappy parent of an 8th grader, I am currently writing to you in order to express my own concern regarding the increasing rates of childhood obesity and diabetes as well as the sale of junk food in public schools located in Connecticut. Since my child has started to attend middle school he has gained 10 kilograms of weight, which is to me, completely unacceptable. I certainly believe that one of the reasons to him getting so obese in a matter of 2 years is due to schools selling and advertising inappropriate food for children during the school day. Recently, I have read an article titled “The Junk Food Lobby Wins Again,” and let me share with you some information I have gleaned from it: according to this article, the issue regarding the sale of junk food in schools across the USA is
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.