Essay on Obesity : The Extraordinary Science Of Addictive Junk Food

1606 Words Feb 8th, 2016 7 Pages
Obesity can cause several problems making it one of the most expensive diseases to treat. What goes in a human body can cause many long term health effects. Eating foods high in sugar, salt, or fat can lead to serious health concerns such as obesity or hypertension. The “convenient and inexpensive” foods advertised by many food companies have a much higher price tag than expected. These particular food companies have been at fault with the nations growing health concerns. By overloading food products with sugar, salt, and fat, food companies have been poisoning America. “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food” written by Michael Moss gives a new perspective of food companies and their ways to attract people to eat more of their products by targeting their willpower. Companies take advantage of foods being convenient, addictive and cost effective, which leaves the consumers with little choice in what they purchase.
The addition of salt, sugar, and fat that large companies use, causes their consumers to form addictions to these unhealthy foods. As also stated in one of Moss’ previous books, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, these ingredients are added to processed foods to have consumers crave more. For the average person, the recommended sugar intake is about 6 teaspoons per day. With major food companies adding sugar to all of their foods, it is easy to go over the recommended amount. For example, a simple jar of spaghetti sauce contains sugar. As Moss…

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