Fast Food And Obesity Rates Essay
Medical experts and fast-food companies continue to debate the role high-calorie, high-sugar food plays in childhood obesity rates. Research by multiple medical experts demonstrates direct correlations among inexpensive, easily accessible drive-through food, skyrocketing childhood obesity and sometimes life-threatening health problems. Yet some fast-food companies maintain that genetics, rather than their French fries, hamburgers and other unhealthy options, are to blame.
Fast food might be a quick and easy option for families, but a quick study of the nutritional charts shows it can be detrimental to children’s health into adulthood.
McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell, among other chains, are popular choices for busy, dual-income families and those with less overall income. Some fast-food items are available to students at school during lunchtime. This potentially exposes children to unhealthy food options during the day, and again for dinner with the family. Children consume an estimated 12 percent of their calories from fast food. On any given day, 34 percent of children between ages 2 and 19 consume fast food. These unhealthy options are available on many street corners across the country, and McDonald’s appears to be the most popular choice. A study by the North Ohio Medical Group found that McDonald’s sells an average of 75 hamburgers every second. The popular chain has 35,000 more locations than Burger King (14,000), Wendy’s (6,500), Taco Bell…