Fattening Fast Foods

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Fattening Fast Foods
What makes a person become fat and overweight? Is it really because of fast food restaurant patronage? A fast food restaurant is an eating place that prepares food quickly and offers minimal service to customers. “Every day, nearly one-third of U.S. children aged 4 to 19 eat fast food, which likely packs on about six extra pounds per child per year and increases the risk of obesity, a study of 6,212 youngsters found” (“Fast Food Linked to Child Obesity”, 2003, para 1). Obesity is now a leading public health problem in America with the highest obesity rate in the developed world. Zimmerman (2006) estimates that in 2006 alone, Americans will spend $142 billion dollars in fast food restaurants. With this, fast food restaurants are now held responsible for the increase in incidences of obesity in America.

Those who disagree assert that fast food restaurants are not solely responsible for the incidences of obesity in America because not all people who consistently patronize these numerous fast food chains are obese. Moreover, people still have the freedom and control over the decisions and choices that they make. Although meals served from fast food restaurants can be very tasty and tempting, these fast food restaurants are still not the one responsible for those people who lack self-control. Some of them are really fond of eating fast food though they already know that doing so could mean harm for them in the long run. As a result, individual customers are really the one responsible for their choice, not the fast food restaurants. In addition, a number of fast food consumers still manage to become physically fit and healthy in despite their fast food patronage and loyalty. But even though not all people who love to eat at fast food restaurants are obese and overweight, those fast food chains yet offer excessively large amount of addictive meals through promotions of super sizing meals, thus, attracting their patrons to...
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