The Negative Effects Of Fast Food In America

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Fast Food Is The New Tobacco and Many Americans are Addicted Fast food is the new tobacco, and sadly, many Americans have become addicted. Over time, America has become one of those most obese countries in the world, and fast food has been the largest contribution to this eternal problem. All of the blame shouldn’t be placed on the consumer of these addicting, abrupt, unhealthy products. Fast food is negatively affecting our society mostly because of how readily accessibly it always is, how depressed the cost is, and simply the acquired taste of children from a young age, and, unfortunately it is going to kill us if we do not change our unhealthy habits. Fast food has played a very large role in America having such a large population …show more content…
Unfortunately, we have trained our youth to lust for the taste for fast food-- that is only negatively affecting them, as well as future generations to come. Roberto A. Ferdman from The Washington Post (2014), provides the information that “Fast food accounts for roughly 13 percent of total calories eaten by kids ages 2 to 18.” This shocking percentage is rapidly increasing every day. According to Obama (2010), “if you’re obese, there’s a 40 percent chance that your kids will be obese as well. And if both you and the child’s other parent are obese, that number jumps to 80 percent.” Basically, Obama is warning that the behavior patterns of us will eventually affect the behavior patterns of our offspring. If we do not change our inactive lifestyles and unhealthy eating patterns, the obesity rates will only continue to upsurge. Michelle Obama (2010) also states that, “ babies that are breastfed are less likely to become obese as children, but 40 percent of African American babies are never breastfed at all.” Yet is it necessarily true that our parents eating habits dictate whether we will become obese or not? Is it always the case, as I have been suggesting, that we will be overweight if our parents are? That is not always the case; sometimes offspring will realize that their parents’ eating habits are the origin of their obesity and will adjust …show more content…
Nevertheless, the main element for this is that we are aware of how harmful fast food can be in our bodies, yet we linger to consume it and present to our children that it is adequate. In David Zinczenko’s New York Times Article (2002) he mentions, “ Before 1994, diabetes in children was generally caused by a genetic disorder—only about 5 percent of childhood cases were obesity-related, or Type 2, diabetes. Today, according to the National Institute of Health, Type 2 diabetes accounts for at least 30 percent of all new childhood cases for diabetes in the country. “ In addition, I concur that fast food is inducing diabetes rates in children to rise, a point that needs emphasizing since so many people are continuing to allow their adolescents to consume such considerable amounts fast food, and are consuming it themselves. Professor Kamlesh Khunti from the University of Leicester states, “We found that the number of fast food outlets in a person’s neighborhood was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.” Yes fast food may be permitting us to spend less money and offering us more free time, but is it really worth it when it is essentially killing us? In a recent study, students were categorized into the following categories after evaluated on a measure of activity level: healthy, underweight, overweight, and obese. Haygood (2010) states, “ Out of the 227, eight of those

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