Essay on The Effects Of Fast- Food On Obesity

1050 Words Oct 9th, 2015 null Page
The Effect of Fast- Food on Obesity Overweight United States Citizens should stop blaming fast food restaurants for their health problems. According to ObesityAction.org, the number of fast food restaurants has more than doubled to equal about 300,000 in the United States since 1970. Around 33.8 percent of the U.S. population and 19 percent of children are affected by obesity (Obesity Action). There could be a link between the fast food restaurants and obesity rates.
More than 68.8 percent of adults (20 and over) are considered to be overweight or obese, while more than 35.7 percent of adults are considered to be obese and more than 6.3 percent have extreme obesity according to The US Department of Health and Human Services. There was a dramatic increase in BMI in the average US Citizen from 1978-1997 then again in 2003 and still continuing on today. The US government has even begun to enforce laws with the school systems for what students can purchase to eat at lunch. It has almost become the norm to be overweight, and now people are blaming it on the fast food restaurants they eat at. Is blaming restaurants for country-wide obesity taking it too far? When is it appropriate to place blame and when is it individual responsibility? Many studies link fast food to health problems such as an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, poor nutrition, and stroke. Although it is a wise choice to limit the intake of fast food, getting around an hour of physical…

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