Essay on The Effects Of Fast Food On Childhood Obesity

1160 Words Mar 30th, 2016 null Page
Imagine being an eight-year-old boy and over 200 pounds. You are at risk for diabetes and hypertension. You were just placed into foster care because the authorities think your mother is unfit to manage your health. This is what happened to a young boy in Cleveland, Ohio in 2011 (Dissell). According to the CDC, which is a government program that stands for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled (“Childhood Obesity Facts”). Who is to blame for this rapidly growing societal issue? I believe parents are to blame for the childhood obesity problem in America. Parents have the authority to control and monitor the child’s lifestyle habits that lead to their obesity and are currently too busy or lazy to do anything.
Many parents believe that fast food is the main cause of childhood obesity. Fast food is known for being high in calories, fattening, and low in nutrients. Most fast food products are processed and kept frozen. Not only are the children consuming massive amounts of calories and fats, but they are also missing out on important nutrients. These nutrients include calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, protein, and many more. For example, a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget happy meal with French fries has only ten grams of protein (“Happy Meals”). However, a homemade turkey and cheese sandwich is anywhere from twenty to twenty-nine grams of protein. A sandwich that maybe takes five minutes to make has more than…

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