Fast Food and Obesity


“Obesity, often defined as having a body mass index 20 percent or more above what is considered “healthy” for a person’s height, has recently become our nation’s public health obsession” (Marlow 1). Everyone knows obesity is an ever growing problem in today’s world, but who is to blame? Can we blame the industry providing food that has shown to cause obesity? Or should we blame individuals for making unhealthy decisions? It is impossible to pinpoint a single party responsible for the obesity epidemic, but everything can be traced back to one ideal: a person’s freedom of choice. The fast food industry cannot be blamed for America’s obesity epidemic because ...

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the epidemic. The problem is, none of these solutions will make everyone accept that they are obese because of decisions they made, and only their decisions will cure them. It has been only recently that people have begun to blame fast food companies for “making them fat.” As pointed out in “Don’t blame the burgers,” if “two overweight Bronx, N.Y., teens who scarfed down McDonald’s burgers and fries several times a week blame the company for their health problems,” they can potentially sue McDonald’s (“Don’t blame the burgers” 1). This type of case has become known as “fat lawsuits” (“Don’t blame the burgers” 1). Almost no one thinks that it is fair to hold fast food companies liable for their lack of healthy choices. In fact, according to a 2003 Gallup Poll, “nine of 10 Americans say it’s wrong to hold food companies liable for obesity-related health problems” (“Don’t blame the burgers” 1). Much of the reasoning behind these ...

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eat a reasonably healthy diet, exercise routinely, and make generally healthy decisions, they will most likely avoid the ‘obesity epidemic.’
As mentioned in “Obesity Is Not a Disease,” referring to obesity as an “epidemic” is “a contagion needful of containment” just as much as obesity itself (Hawley 2). The notion that obesity is a disease is outrageous because a disease is a clinical sickness that an individual has no control over. Obesity is avoidable and controllable, it’s “not like contracting the flu or the bubonic plague” (Hawley 2). Obesity is a result of a person’s unhealthy choices, not a virus or bacteria. Using this terminology, along with ...

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Added: 5/10/2017 08:27:07 PM
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Category: Health & Medicine
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