Today, fast food has turned out to be a massive part of many Americanslives. Since the numbers of overweight people have been increasing lately, itis difficult to believe that there is no connection between fast food andobesity. Most overweight people prefer not to be fat and wish they could getmore fit, but at the same time, they still struggling with their fast foodintake and obesity. This is because of the advertisements which have beenoffered to fast food consumers, the profoundly addictive food itself, and aboveall, how advertising and addictive combine with children to come up with newhabits which are kept once they grow up. These variables are the reasons whyfast food restaurants are the most accountable for rising health risks andobesity all over America. The government should step in and develop newguidelines that would prevent fast food restaurants from taking advantage ofpeople’s weaknesses.Before talking about the reason why fast food restaurants areaccountable for people over consuming their food, it first must to be confirmedthat fast food is in reality the primary issue causing the present obesity inAmerica.
It is known to many people know how the number of fast foodrestaurants in America has extremely expanded over the past few decades, but itis difficult to figure by how much because of the lack of historical records.Also, difficult whether or not to classify certain restaurants as fast food.Although, a good way in conformity with getting a feel about the development ofthe fast food industry is to look at McDonald’s, which has been the mostpopular fast food chain in America for decades. The 1,000th McDonald’s AmericanRestaurant was opened in 1986. In 2011, this number has increased to 13,800(McDonald’s 1), which truly indicates how much more people are consuming fastfood compared to the past. Consider the development of almost fourteen timesinside the numbers of McDonald’s restaurants, with the numbers of overweightpeople between the ages of 20 and 74 over a comparable period. In the era between1960-62 and 2005-06, the number of overweight people in America has nearlytripled from 13.
4% to 35.1% (Weight-control Information Network 2). These twointense upward traits would make a resounding case that eating a lot of fastfood has caused the hike in the average of obesity, and it might be a goodindication, but it is far away from proof. Too many things have changed overthe years, from the way the normal American activities, to the types ofdifferent foods which people are consuming.The best way tofigure out for sure if fast food was the immediate cause for obesity would beto do a statistical study on two groups of people with similar specifications,which include wealth, age, era, and place. The only difference would be thequantity of fast food that each group eats.
This would be extremely hard to do,especially for large groups that include huge numbers of people. However, agroup of people at the National Bureau of Economic Research have done anexcellent research study on the obesity rates of 3 million students andtheir closeness to fast food restaurants over a period of 8 years. Theycompared 9th graders who went to school within a tenth of a mile of a fast foodrestaurant and 9th graders who didn’t. They went through great measures to makesure that everything else besides their closeness to fast food restaurants wasequal. The results of the data are quite astonishing as econometric statisticalevaluation proves that the students who went to school within a tenth of a mileof a fast food restaurant were at least 5.2% more likely to become obese(Currie et al. 2).
This is fairly extreme considering that the more obesestudents aren’t all eating more fast food than the healthier group; they justhave a fast food restaurant within walking distance from their high school andare more likely to grab their lunch from that restaurant. With the two groupsof 9th grade students’ lives being equal besides the small addition that istheir school’s proximity to a fast food restaurant, it is safe to say that the5.2% increase in obesity is caused by that fast food restaurant. Going a stepfurther, it can be said with reasonable certainty that if more people consumemore fast food, then obesity numbers will rise