Essay On Fast Food And Obesity

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Fast food is a cheap and popular way for busy people, but the cheap price of fast food is nothing in comparison to the true price they are actually paying. Studies have shown that there is a direct relationship between fast food and obesity. “I couldn’t open up a magazine, you couldn’t read a newspaper, you couldn’t turn on the TV, without hearing about the obesity epidemic in America” says Morgan Spurlock in his book, Don’t Eat This Book. It seems like everyone knows that America is in midst of a full-on obesity epidemic, everyone except fast-food industries. Fast-food industries are considered the biggest contributor of the obesity epidemic in Unites States. Over the past thirty years, the rate of obesity and obesity related diseases has risen sharply in United…show more content…
Fast foods typically contain more energy, fat, trans fat, carbohydrates, sugar, and sodium. An increased calorie intake leads to increased mean body weight. A research has shown that U.S. per capita calorie intake increased by 300 kilocalories among the entire population in the last decade. (Vogli. Kouvounen. Gimeno, WHO) The problem with unhealthy ingredients are further compounded by the increasing sizes of fast food. People will tend to eat their entire meal, regardless the size or whether or not they are full. Also, the low cost of fast food encourages people to choose fast food instead of healthier meals. Researchers at the University of Washington were shocked to find that a 2,000 cal of healthy meal cost about ten times more than a 2,000 cal Fast food meal. Even worse, they found that the price of healthier foods is going up, while the price of unhealthy food is dropping. (Am. J Clin Nutr.) As shown above, fast food causes obesity not just because they are high in calorie, but also because of other various reasons like, larger portion sizes, low costs, and

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