Who’s to Blame?
Who’s to Blame?
American citizens are constantly trying to conform to society. If a person gets hungry and they need a quick fix, they usually go to a fast food place to get food because it’s easy and most importantly cheap. The person stops, pulls up through the drive through, and the speaker box begins to ask them for their order. That is where it all begins, the American obesity problem. The cheap production of meat and grains for the fast food industry cause harm to the environment, humans, and animals. The fast food industry’s extensive advertising through television, radio, newspapers, billboards, and sponsoring reach all people in a strategy to convince consumers that their food is healthy and available to everyone. Throughout the years many people have claimed that obesity stems from a genetic disorder however, results of recent studies strongly indicate that lifestyles rather than genetics caused America’s obese society. People choose to not exercise, not watch their diet, and eat fast food.
Fast food is the most popular quick-service nourishment. Fast food restaurants tend to be built near schools or neighborhoods, so it is convenient. “Children that have a fast food restaurant within 0.10 miles of their school have a 5.2% greater chance of being obese” (Kuhn).Why try cooking when you can get food at a much faster rate? To most people, fast food is the answer to all of our problems. It is good in every possible way, or is it? Although some might deny the consequences, we all know there is a steep price to pay. Once a person gains weight they tend to decrease their self-worth. When a child has low self-esteem it makes it more challenging for them to participate in school activities and team sports (Rouse).
Not eating right, low self-esteem and not exercising properly are all factors that contribute to obesity. “The mixture of fast food diets along with sedentary lifestyles is creating a generation of children who are facing very...