Obesity: an American Culture

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Chris Blymiller
English 2010
Sept. 24, 2011

Fast Food and Obesity In America

It has been said that obesity in American has become an epidemic. What has caused this huge health issue in this great country? Many people believe fast food is to blame for America being obese. Is it really that simple? What could be some other possible reasons for our country being so obese compared to other countries? In this paper I hope to discuss these issues and show that fast food is solely to blame for this epidemic as well to inform the readers about what they are consuming and giving to their children to consume and in turn help people make lifestyle changes to live healthier.

According to data from the National Health and Examination survey about one-third of U.S. adults are obese and approximately 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 are obese. These are some scary statistics. Many people blame fast food for this problem. Many people have even sued fast food chains like McDonald’s for their weight problem. While fast food may be one the contributors to the obesity epidemic, it surely doesn’t stand alone. I myself eat fast food very often and I am nowhere near obese. I have many friends that I go out to eat with often and they are not obese. People also blame the convenience of fast food. Everywhere you go there is a fast food restaurant on every block and street corner. The fast food industries take advantage of high traffic areas and near schools knowing that as Americans we live on the go. We are a fast pace country that demands things quick and easy and that’s what fast food is. Parents find it easier to go thru the drive thru of a McDonalds or Wendy’s after a long day of work and taking the kids to their extracurricular activities then to go home and cook a meal for the family. The fast food chains even market to the kids so the kids want it even more and beg their parents for it. These are the arguments supporting fast food chains are to blame for this...
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