Andrew Dugan's Fast Food Still Major Part Of US Diet?

For years, it has been known that the obesity and diabetes rate in American citizens have been rising. However, how does this compare to nearby European nations? Americans are obsessed with the idea of health, yet the United States is one of the unhealthiest countries in the world. Europeans, on the other hand, do not stress over health nearly as much as Americans and continue to eat well and appetizing foods while remaining considerably healthier than the United States. According to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine the average weight of an adult human should be 137 pounds. On a list of 177, countries were ranked the worlds fattest countries in order of average weight among all adults living in that nation. Out of all the countries …show more content…
In Andrew Dugan’s article “Fast Food Still Major Part of U.S. Diet”, Dugan addresses the issue of the Americans unhealthy diet based around fast food. According to a survey conducted in 2013, every eight in ten Americans eats at a fast food restaurant at least one a month. Also, twenty-eight percent of the participants said they eat fast food about once a week, while sixteen percent said they ate fast food several times a week, and only three percent eat fast food every day. Compared to previous polls conducted in 2006 and 2003, statistics do show that Americans are gradually reducing their fast food intake. With rising controversy over if fast food is healthy for human consumption, Americans are starting to become aware of the unhealthy consequences fast food provides. Twenty-eight percent of Americans say that fast food is “not good at all,” while forty-eight percent say fast food is “not too good,” which sums up to be seventy-six percent of participants saying fast food is unhealthy. Why then is over consumption of fast food still a major problem in the United States? Well, most of the fast food being consumed is by low-income individuals. In a poll showing the frequency of eating fast food, among select groups people ages eighteen to twenty-nine tend to eat fast food more often than other age groups, as fifty-seven percent claim to eat fast food at least weekly. This can explain why conditions such as diabetes and obesity are becoming more prevalent in younger generations today. Fast food is a low cost food source, which is why it appeals to young Americans. I agree with Dugan with the fact that he believes Americans owe a lot of their unhealthy eating habits to large fast food

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