Obesity Research Essay: Fast Food And Obesity

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Fast Food and Obesity Living in a busy fast paced world many of us demand everything now and not later and find ourselves with limited time for an affordable proper meal. In a busy stressful world the last thing many of us pay attention to is our diet and fast food becomes appealing since it’s relatively cheap and quick. The fast food industry heavily markets itself all over the media in an effort to make them look like a good choice. The reality of it is fast food is usually high in fat, energy-dense, low in nutrients and fiber. In fact leading research indicates a connection between the rising obesity rate and fast food “The National Institutes of Health strategic plan for obesity research observed one reason for rising obesity rates may lie in abundant choices of relatively calorically-dense food that are convenient and taste good” (Drewnowski and Darmon 900). Convenient it may but will come with a host of health issues. According to Cummins and Macintyre fast food consumption continues to be a big part of people’s diet especially in the U.S. In turn this affects the health of the overall public. It has been well documented that fast food when not consumed in moderation can lead to …show more content…
Quickly the finger began to point around to hold someone accountable for these health problems many believed it was the consumer who was to blame by making their choices. However certain groups blamed the fast food industry for epidemic. Just like how lawsuits have been brought up in the past against tobacco industries for the harm they cause so have lawsuits against the fast food industry. One of the most famous cases was Pelman vs McDonald’s which was brought on by a group of children who had consumed these products and had various health problems they claimed was due to the products. Various claims were made by the plaintiffs in the case as stated by Mello, Rimm and

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