Fast Food Arguments

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Paper #5
• Ch. 21: Food Matters: Why do Americans continue to spend billions of dollars a year on fast foods when they know the health risks?
Fast Food: Its Fast and Cheap Do you know what you’re eating, and if it’s good and healthy for your body? Fast food restaurants have an image of fast, cheap, yummy, and fun for children… so why wouldn’t you take your kids to eat at these places? The obvious and hidden dangers of fast food are something we should all be open to learning more about. Even though Americans know junk food is bad, we still continue to eat it every day. Still, fast food has many dangers obvious and hidden things that the public is oblivious too. These food companies need to be addressed by the government, communities, school
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I believe one of many factors is, the wealth class, most Americans who are eating unhealthy are those of the low-to-middle class families. Truth has been told, little income being made by these families tend to spend their money on cheap inexpensive food that they can afford. For example, Michael Pollan states in, “Food Fight,” it was called, Fordism: “Instead of paying workers well enough to buy good foods, they are paid so poorly that they can only afford only the cheap, low-quality food these companies sell.” So is the government to blame? Not paying the low or below middle class enough money to afford But, do we truly know what we’re putting into our bodies? No, most Americans do not feel guilty while eating their fast food; they rather smile and enjoy it with happiness without knowing the health risks. Many overweight Americans these days’ blame fast food restaurants like McDonalds and others for their weight problems. Being lazy is part of many Americans daily lives, especially those who do not know how to cook or “don’t have time” or some are too lazy to cook themselves a home-cooked meal; but it’s affecting their bodies yet, society has advertise it to be the norm to eat fast food all the time. Yet, they are told wrong, they are slowly killing themselves. In the past few decades, the number of obese and overweight people in the United States …show more content…
Eating behaviors that we have learned at a young age can influence our food behaviors as adults. I know my parents always told me to eat my fruits and vegetables as a young child because they will help you grow “big and strong!” But, to this day, if I am running late to school or work I fall guilty to stopping at a Jack in the Box or McDonalds some days especially if I am in a rush and am running late. That being said, we need to educate parents and young children about how their height and weight actually does matter. Not for it to be looked down upon or laughed at but, for the better knowledge of knowing where you have to be in terms of your weight to function at the best of your ability. Let me tell you how to figure that out; often times your weight can actually be misread for those who do not know what BMI stands for (Body Mass Index); BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of his or her height. A healthy BMI is anywhere between 19 and 24, For example, someone who has a BMI of 24 is equivalent to someone who is five feet, eight inches and weighs between 150-160 pounds. A person with a BMI between 25 and 30 is considered to be overweight or obese. To sum it up, a person gains weight when he or she retains more calories or energy from the food they eat, than what they expend on

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