Consequences Of Children And Fast Food Advertisement

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Children and Fast Food Advertisement 6. What would 6 mean if you ask a random stranger on the street? Some possible answers would be that there are 6 sides to a hexagon, or that 3+3 equals 6, or that a video on vine lasts 6 seconds. But, in this specific case the number 6 signifies the number of hours an average child ages 5-16 spends in front of a screen a day, in a week that child can spend more than 42 hours a week in front of a screen (Wakefield, Jane. “Children spend six hours or more a day on screens.” BBC News, BBC, 27 Mar. 2015, www.bbc.com/news/technology-32067158). With a child being on a screen for so many hours it is inevitable that a child will run into an advertisement whether it’s an advertisement for toys, clothing, food …show more content…
“This One Statistic Shows Just How Much McDonald's Tries To Entrench Itself In Everybody's Minds.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 14 Mar. 2012). With Mcdonald's paying so much money on advertising it is no surprise that children ask their mom or dad to take them to Mcdonalds asking for a kids meal after watching a commercial from them on their t.v or tablet. With so much money being spent on advertising shouldn’t we be promoting healthier eating for kids? For example, fast food advertisers use young children to tell their parents what they want for dinner and the parents sometimes being too tired to make food and goes off and buys their child a kids meal. Today, 1 in 3 american children are obese ( Overweight in Children, American Heart Association , 5 July 2016). I’m not saying that it’s all because of fast food advertising, but they do play a huge part in this epidemic, when so many children are having health problems when is it the right time to take a look around and see what we as a society need to …show more content…
All these restaurants are fast food chains, each chain is filled with greasy, fattening, delicious, goodness that we are all guilty of having when we are lazy and we want something fast, and delicious. Apart from being delicious, they are all super high in calories, trans fats, and processed ingredients that most humans can’t even pronounce. But, with so much fast food chains around us it’s hard not to go through a drive-thru and not order some fries at 11 o’clock at night. But, we as a society have to realize that we cannot let the fast food chains take over the kids of the future. If 1 and 3 children are overweight or obese who knows what the future will bring the next 5o years. Either today we stop and realize that we have to start promoting healthier options for kids or we let these fast food restaurants take over and we become a world where we can’t get off the couch, but to start that we have to realize that we have a problem with the amount of money that is being used to advertise burgers, tacos, and french fries and the only way to change that is to use the billion of dollars that are being used for fast food commercials and promote a healthier more active

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