Fast Food: a Bad Choice

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Hunter 1 Summer Hunter Instructor: Jeniffer Strong English 1101: College Writing October 29, 2012 Fast Food: A Bad Choice When one thinks about food, the first thing that comes to mind is a delicious home cooked Sunday dinner; usually a roast, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and a salad on the side. However the days when a perfectly well-balanced meal made daily are long gone. In "Food News Can Get You Dizzy, So Know What To Swallow", Kulman states, "No foods are so good that if you ate them to the exclusion of all else, you would be healthy." With a fast paced life in today's world the invention and development of fast food has grown like a wild fire. Due to the growth of fast food, many children are facing obesity which can lead to diabetes. Both obesity and diabetes are becoming more of an epidemic concern among the younger generation, mostly caused by the fat content in fast food. We need to stop eating things just because they taste good. Recent data from the Center for Disease Control suggests "More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese." (CDC). No wonder parents are becoming concerned with the options children have when facing a fast food menu. Today’s kids will be tomorrow’s leaders, and yet they are not receiving the nutrition they need. Kids really do not know about nutrition and what items they should Hunter 2 eat. Often, parents and schools are the ones who decide what children eat. Kids that do not eat a balanced nutritious meal often have reduced school performance and get decreased physical activity. Also, nutrition is not really taught in schools and this has a ripple effect as they will be less inclined to teach nutrition to their own children. The quality of health in the United States is declining and kids are at the

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