It has been said that obesity will even surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in America. Children are also at risk of becoming overweight or obese. The total amount of people that eat fast food on a daily basis is a frightening, one in four Americans. McDonalds alone represents a total of forty-three percent of the total United States fast food market. Spurlock’s health prior to eating an all McDonalds’ meal for thirty days was above average.
Forty percent of American meals are eaten out of the house; that is about 121,623,890 people! Because of fast food restaurants, sixty percent of Americans, about 182,435,834 people, are either overweight or obese. 3 This documentary film shares many interesting facts. For instance, the people of America eat more than 1,000,000 animals hourly. Another fact is that there are only seven items on McDonald’s menu that contain absolutely no sugar.
Forty percent of American meals are eaten out of the house. Because of fast food restaurants, sixty percent of Americans are either overweight or obese. This documentary film shares many interesting facts. For instance, the people of America eat more than 1,000,000 animals hourly. Another fact is that there are only seven items on McDonald’s menu that contain absolutely no sugar.
Thomas 1 Elton Thomas Ryan Shiroma Engl 60 25 April 2012 Obesity In America. “During the last 20 years in America, there have been dramatic increases in obesity and, unfortunately, those rates continue to stay high. Obesity means having too much body fat, which is commonly confused with being overweight” (Adult Obesity Facts par. 5). A person can be overweight but still be healthy.
Normally, one serving size of a cheeseburger contains about 400 calories is always cheaper than one dish of salmon that contains the same amount of calories. One time after I ate a Big Mac, I got a bad stomachache. I went to the doctor and he told me I had pinworms in my stomach and the reason was from the meat of the burger that I ate. It costs me about couple hundred dollars for the doctor visiting and my medications. It was the most expensive Big Mac I have ever had.
According to internet research, Americans spend more than $110 billion a year on the fast food. So obviously the only good thing I think that comes out of fast food restaurants is that since it is a growing epidemic, results would be more people employed. On the other hand, more and more fast food places would be everywhere, making it easier for people to succumb to the temptation of the delicious fast food. The truth of the matter is, fast food is killing us slowly. Do yourself and fellow Americans a favor and don’t eat at such lousy food places.
Many of the habits formed during this timeframe will last well into adulthood (Schwarz & Peterson, 2010). One out of every six adolescent is overweight and one out of every three is at risk. Since the 1980’s, the rate of overweight youth has steadily increased. Obesity rates vary by race/gender. For adolescents ages 12 to 19, non-Hispanic black girls and Mexican-American boys have the highest rates of obesity, 29.2 percent and 26.7 percent respectively.
In 2002, obesity statistics show that twenty two percent U.S. preschoolers were overweight (“Child”). Sixteen percent of children in the United States aged 2-19 are considered overweight (“Childhood”). Most recent numbers show that 16 percent of children aged 6-11 are obese; these statistics have doubled since the early 80’s. According to Diane W.
Since the mid-1950s, suicide rates around the world have risen by 60%. Rates among young people have risen even faster, to the point where they are now the age group at highest risk in 35% of the world’s countries. The specific demographics, however, vary from country to country. China’s pattern, for example, is very different from that of most other countries. China has a suicide mortality rate of 23:100,000, with a total of 287,000 deaths by suicide each year.
I believe that we are taking it too far by blaming fast food restaurants for obesity and that it is an individual’s responsibility to take the blame. The first fast food restaurants developed in America in the 1920’s and the United States has grown to have the largest fast food industry in the world. Currently one third of American children are obese or at risk of becoming obese and 67% of Americans are obese. McDonald’s was invented in the 1940’s and has since acquired millions of lawsuits for their extremely unhealthy food. Burger King soon followed in the 50’s and has also received its fair share of lawsuits.