December 12, 2011
Obesity in children and young adults is rising at an alarming rate, and although there are many things contributed to it, fast food has been at the center of the contribution. Fast food restaurants are being placed in neighborhoods all over the city in high numbers, and parents are finding it easier to eat there rather than cooking at home. Childhood obesity has become an issue that has caused much concern. The issue needs to be address not only by the parents, (by preparing healthier meals), but also more study and research done in order to find a resolution to the problem.
The amount of fast food meals and snacks eaten away from home has been considered to be a factor in weight gain, which in turn can lead to obesity. When a survey was done by: (Doctor Boutelle, PhD., Fannin, BS; Newfield, MD and Harnack, PhD), “it was suggested that families who purchased fast food meals that are predominantly calorically dense and sodium rich”. It is important to know the impact fast food on a daily bases has on children becoming obese, and what parents can do to instill the need for nutritional food intake.
What is the meaning of obesity? According to Serrano (2010), obesity is the condition of having an excessive amount of body fat, and it can increase a person’s risk of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), arthritis, and cancer. Obesity results from an energy imbalance in which a person consumes more calories in food and drink than he or she burns (uses as energy) over time.
Fast food consumption on regular bases has increased the chance of being obese because of the amount and ingredients of their food intake. According to a study done by, (The Coronary Artery Risk Development In Young Children), “People who ate fast food two or more times a week experienced an average weight gain of 10 pounds than study participants who ate fast food...