Persuasive Essay On Fast Food Epidemic

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Fast Food Epidemic: America has become the most obese nation in the world. Nearly 100 million Americans have become either overweight or obese. That is more than 60 percent of all U.S. adults. Since the 1980s, the total of over weight Americans has doubled (Spurlock, 2004). Obesity is now only second to smoking that is a major cause of preventable death in Americans which causes more than 400,000 deaths per year. If theses trends do not stop it will soon take smoking as the number one cause of preventable death. Obesity in American is not impossible. First you need to know the effects fast food has on you and how to not put yourself in harms way by eating fast food. Some questions you should ask yourself about fast food. 1. What happens when you eat fast food? 2. Could you live on fast food? 3. What are the facts about fast food? 4. What else can I do with my money? What happens when you eat fast food? One of the first things that fast food does is overloading your body with calories. Between 1971 and 2000 the average American woman’s daily intake of calories rose from 1,542 to 1,877, and the average man’s from 2,450 to 2,618. A single…show more content…
In the 70’s 47% of Americans were overweight. In 2002, more than 65% of Americans are overweight including 31% who were clinically obese. An article this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association said that about 112,000 premature deaths in 2000 attributed to obesity. The blame for obesity is mainly the fleet of fast food chains, whose Americans sales went from $6 million in 1970 to $134 million in 2005. (EBSCOhost) Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation says that “Americans spend more on fast food than they do on higher education, PCs or new cars.” Nearly 400,000 Americans die each year in the United States of poor diet and not exercising that is an increase of 33 percent since 1990.

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