Why is it that so many Americans are overweight today than they were fifty years ago? Americans today have shifted their eating and work habits. Around fifty years ago, fast food was relatively a new thing and to be able to eat it was a luxury. Today, fast food restaurants has become a normal thing; it is everywhere you go. In the United States today, obesity has become an immense downside.
Throughout the last few years, the number of individuals overweight has multiplied dramatically according to the CDC (2017).”Would you like some fries with that, sir?” Those are the words of a Burger King restaurant worker. You order a burger, and they offer delicious French fries with it. Your brain is telling you to take it, but deep inside, your heart is telling you not to. Everyday, people go to these fast food restaurants either because it is cheaper or faster that other areas. But this doesn’t mean it is good for anyone’s health. Fast food could be very dangerous and could to long term effect including most commonly — ObesityThe problem with obesity begins with our children.
They are easily influenced and raised by families who serve as their role models. Fast food and advertising targeted at children successfully contributes to the obesity. “Obesity can begin at a very young age. Statistics regarding childhood obesity are staggering”(CDC). In the data I have recorded (surveying 13-16 year old), 35% of people go to fast food areas once or twice a week. Why? As I mentioned earlier, the data that was taken in shows that they would buy because it was cheap, fast, and tasted good.
Fast food is quickly changing the face and body of our nation. According to U.S Department of Health and Human Services (n.d), many people believe that obesity has reached this point of extremity was because of fast food restaurants. The fast food industry is the largest contributor to be blamed for the obesity epidemic. The food served today in these restaurants have become far larger than recommended. 60% of the people that took my survey would likely order a healthier food item as for the rest, they are unlikely to.
Compared to rent and labor, food cost are relatively low so it would make sense that they would offer larger portions that make their customers feel like they are getting what’s worth their money. “The childhood obesity epidemic is a serious public health problem that increases morbidity, mortality, and has substantial long term economic and social costs. The rates of obesity in America’s children and youth have almost tripled in the last quarter century. Approximately 20% of our youth are now overweight with obesity rates in preschool age children increasing at alarming speed”(APA).Over the years, fast food industry has spread so much around the world.
It has become available to millions around the world. Being able to get food in less than two minutes undoubtedly speaks for itself, especially where time is as precious as money. There is a whole complicated and sophisticated system behind fast food industry involving business strategy and marketing schemes. It permits sellers of these big companies to get “continuous supplies of finished products.”