Ana Luisa Cabrera
May 3rd, 2012
Fast Food and Obesity
Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart diseases, cancer. The list can go on and on, but there is one disease in particular that stands above all of them: obesity. All of these diseases are related to food problems. Many people sees obesity as a disease caused by bad food habits and a lack of physical exercise. Fast food has been blamed by consumers for obesity to happen but, are they blaming the right one? 70% of the participants in an interview said we should not blame fast food for obesity. These type of restaurants should not be blamed because they have never forced any one to go in and spend their money in their products, they are just doing their job by trying to make the business work and everyone makes their own decisions on what and where to eat.
Big fast food restaurants chains are taking over the world and becoming very popular these days. Scientific research has proved that the United States and Canada are the countries with the higher number of fast food restaurants. On the other hand, Japan is the country with less fast food restaurants and lower number of obese people. An interview was made among high school students asking them if fast food restaurants should be closed and 90% said no. Not only the number of restaurants matter, but the proximity to them do as well. According to an internet article, “9th graders whose schools are within a block of a fast food restaurant outlet are more Cabrera 2
likely to be obese than students whose schools are a quarter of a mile or more away” (Caryn). These fast food restaurants chains are smart and they know where their biggest consumers are. These include schools, offices, malls, and airports.
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