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Be a Smart Customer According to an article which was published in USA Today in 2010, it reports that the United States is one of the fattest nations in the world and about two-thirds of people are overweight or obese. As we all know, consuming too much high-fat food is a cause of why people are obesity; fast food is one kind of it. Since some people believe that fast food restaurants sell high-fat food causes them obese, they choose to sue fast food restaurants instead of changing their dietary habit; two readings that I’ve read show two cases of it. However, I don’t agree that people should sue fast food restaurants because I think people should take responsibility of what they eat and parents should help their children to form healthy lifestyles.

In the article Parents sue McDonald’s: claim that its menu advertising helps promote juvenile obesity, author Bonnie Brewer Cavanaugh reports three different groups of people’s opinions about fast food causing teenage obesity and the influence based on a lawsuit which declares McDonald’s causes three teenagers obesity. First, Cavanaugh points out that Samuel Hirsch, who is an attorney that helped Caesar Barber sued fast food restaurants before, thinks McDonald’s sells high fat, salt and cholesterol food which causes health diseases, and uses convenient and cheap food to attract people overeating. Hirsch also points out that McDonald’s targets on children because they are easy to influence by using toys, advertisements, and supersized food. Second, Cavanaugh notes that Andy Divine, a university professor, thinks people should take individual responsibility. Professor Divine worries that if everyone just blames fast food restaurants without self-examination, more businesses which target on children are going to be sued. Finally, Cavanaugh points out what the fast food restaurants’ attitude towards this case is. Walt Riker, who is McDonald’s spokesman, says their diverse food choice of menu, large number of



Cited: Cavanaugh, Bonnie Brewer. "Parents sue McDonald’s: claim that its menu advertising helps promote juvenile obesity." Nation 's Restaurant News 23 September 2002. Hellmich, Nanci. "USA is fattest of 33 countries, report says." USA TODAY (2010). Limbaugh, David. "Beware of high-fat ‘victims’".

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