Essay Fast Food Restaurants As Responsible For Childhood Obesity

759 Words Nov 6th, 2015 4 Pages
And the parents seemed to agree with the court’s dismissal. Indeed, the survey from ACNielsen revealed that if 60 percent of Americans blamed fast food restaurants as responsible for childhood obesity, 86 percent of American parents also blamed themselves. The Gallup poll revealed that 40 percent of children asked to go to McDonald’s at least once a week and 84 percent of their parents gave in. If fast food companies are indeed guilty of advertising to children, parents are responsible for the food they provide to their children. And by feeding their children with healthy products they can minimize the risk of those children becoming obese. According to a study from UCLA’s California Health Institute Survey reported on LiveScience.com, 48% of teens whose parents drink soda everyday eat fast food at least once a day, against 39% of teens whose parents do not drink soda everyday. Similarly, teens whose parents eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day have 16% more chance of doing so than adolescents whose parents do not. This shows that good eating habits at home have a positive impact on children and adolescents’ nutrition. Parents can dramatically reduce their children’s obesity by encouraging healthy eating habits and promote physical activity. It is true that the low cost of most fast food restaurant is an attractive factor for parents who might struggle financially. In this case Megan Kluge, from the University of Maryland, believes that it is still possible to go…

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