Obesity In Fast Food

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“Hello, may I take your order?”, spoke the lady through the drive through speaker. “Yes, I would like a small Cheeseburger please.” “Would you like a side of cholesterol and a large cup of a sugar induced coma to go with that?” Essentially when ordering food from a branch of the fast food industry, this is what we are ordering.“The rise in the fast food industry has been linked to rising cases of obesity. The CDC estimates that 248,000 Americans die prematurely due to obesity and considers obesity as the number two cause of preventable death in the US...” (Smith 2006). Fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Bojangles, Chick-fil-A, among others, have impacted our society’s ability to keep small businesses running, families around the dinner …show more content…
Eating a poor diet increases the consumer 's chances of heart disease, digestive issues, type II diabetes, liver and gallbladder diseases, high blood pressure high cholesterol, and obesity by a whopping 44%. To obtain a closer look at the subject at hand, let’s focus on the issue of obesity. Due to the great availability and speed of fast food restaurants, consumers are more likely to eat their food faster and not allow their stomachs to fill full. This leads to overeating, therefore leading to obesity, especially in children (Bailor 1). Fast food contains a vast amount of sugars and fats. Cocaine, Heroin, sugar, and fat all trigger the same part of the brain; which is also the part of the brain that reward is triggered in. With that being said, fat and sugar is just as addictive as heroin and cocaine, as is reward. Dr. Nadine Burke said it best in her blog “Nourish”,” What makes me nervous is,... all these kids who developed diabetes when they were fifteen [due to fast food addictions], and now they’re forty and they can’t work anymore…” (Burke 1). To clarify, not all children (or adults) that consume fast food will become diabetic, but it is always a possibility. In the same way that heart disease, liver diseases, colon cancer, and many other deadly illnesses are always a possibility when consuming fast

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