The Relationship Between Fast Food Consumption And Obesity

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Murder, aggravated assault, and robbery, what if Americans treated obesity just as seriously as these crimes? According to a 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, ¨ More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese¨ (NIDDK). Compared to the ¨one in 18,690 chance of being robbed¨; If Americans would worry about being a victim of obesity as much as they do being robbed, obesity in America would decrease (Books of Odds). There are several factors that can lead to one becoming obese, but one of the principal components is fast food consumption. The relation between fast food consumption and obesity can be supported by examining; increasing obesity rates in the United States, how the rising number of fast …show more content…
Children can become obese just as easily as adults because they are influenced by their parents´ habits. Megan M. Kluge, a social science major from the University of Maryland, writes of how, “Childhood obesity is a serious epidemic, affecting children across the world. In our country alone (US), 17% of all children and adolescents are now obese, triple the rate from just a generation ago” (Kluge). This extreme increase in children becoming obese may lead to further research and the finding of possible causes and solutions to this serious …show more content…
Not only are the unhealthy states like Arkansas and West Virginia being affected, but the healthy ones like Minnesota are being affected as well. Obesity rates have risen approximately 35% in two of the unhealthiest states in the United States, according to “The State of Obesity” by Segal. In addition to multiple states being affected by this problem, the whole country is affected by obesity. Minnesota, one of the “healthiest” states in the United States according to Segal, author of “The State of Obesity”, the obesity rate among adults is at 25.5% and, “Has the 11th lowest adult obesity rate in the nation” (Segal). From these facts it is clear that the epidemic of obesity has infected all of the United States, even those categorized as “healthy” states. Despite Minnesota being ranked as the 11th lowest obesity rate in the nation, the obesity rate is still an astounding 25.5 percent. There has to some cause leading to the significant rise in obesity rates in Minnesota. Prior studies and facts have stated that fast food consumption is at fault. The facts above are specific to adults, but the children on the eleventh ¨healthiest¨ state have been affected as well. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, in an article written about statewide obesity, “Over 50% of deaths are from obesity related chronic

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