Satire on American Fast Food Habits

American fast food habits can be assessed as dangerous because they may cause serious harm to the nation. In Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super Size Me (2004), there are many facts that make the viewer criticize hard American health care system, which overlooks the spread of obesity. The documentary demonstrates how one’s own lifestyle may have drastic effect on physical and psychological well-being of an individual. It becomes clear that the fast food industry has a negative impact on modern society as it encourages poor, unhealthy and even harmful nutrition for economic profit (Super Size Me). We should place the blame for the increased rate of obesity in the United States! The development of fast food culture influences the spread of obesity, making people dependent on the food like burgers, sandwiches, snacks, pizza, hot dogs, roast beef, pasta, etc. Today fast food has become real addiction for many people in the United States, no matter what their color, age and background. As a result, the overall health of the nation becomes weaker and needs improvement.

To start with, let’s review the dangers associated with American fast food habits. Many children and adults cannot imagine their lives without McDonald’s. They may eat at McDonald’s or any other fast food restaurants up to five –seven times a week! The problem of weight gain is caused by regular eating at fast food restaurants (Cernansky 1).

In addition, American fast food habits lead to serious health problems, like hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and many other conditions. High levels of cholesterol and blood sugar influence human activity, making people not only physically weaker, but also more nervous. Those Americans, young people and adults, who continue to demonstrate their fast food habits, do not think about the state of their health. They ignore their health problems because their addiction to pizza, burgers and other fast food products is too high. Shame!

Moreover, the negative effects of American fast food habits can be found in the representation of the image of the nation. To tell the truth, the unhealthy bodies of American children eating at fast food restaurants make us feel concerned about the image of the nation in the nearest future. The role of advertising is enormous in the so-called “promotion” of obesity among children. According to Rachel Cernansky, “It’s definitely not news that America’s children have an obesity problem and that it’s largely due to fast food and junk/snack foods—nor is it a surprise that fast food restaurants use aggressive and targeted marketing campaigns” (1).

Fig. 1Childhood obesity and fast food

This advertising tells much about the effects of American fast food habits (See Fig.1). The promotion of unhealthy fast food outlets influences the decisions of people regarding food preferences. According to researchers, “to prevent the situation from becoming worse, action is necessitated by governmental policy, in relation to all the causes of obesity”(Clark & Ritson 24).

Thus, it is necessary to conclude that Americans should change their food habits, fostering healthy lifestyles. Children and adults should not be so addictive to pizza, chips and snacks. Today’s generation should be interested in healthy foods, like vegetables and fruits. American fast food habits are harmful habits, which do not promote healthy lifestyles. We should say “No” to fast food habits because our future generations are at risk of ill effects of nutrition like fast food. The increased prevalence of obesity in children and adults is an issue of concern, which should be addressed properly to avoid negative consequences in the nearest future.

 

Works Cited:

Cernansky, Rachel. “Fast Food Advertising is On the Rise -With a Focus on Minority Youth -While Kids Continue to Grow Fatter. What’s Wrong With This Picture?” Treehugger. Available from:< http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/fast-food-advertising-is-on-the-rise-with-a-focus-on-minority-youth-while-kids-continue-to-grow-fatter-whats-wrong-with-this-picture.html>

Clark, Peter & Ritson, Christopher. Practical Ethics for Food Professionals: Ethics in Research, Education and the Workplace. John Wiley & Sons, 2013. Print.

Super Size Me. Dir. Morgan Spurlock. Perf. Morgan Spurlock and Alexandra Jamieson. Samuel Goldwyn Films, Roadside Attractions, 2004. DVD.

 

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Fig. 1Childhood obesity and fast food. “Fast Food Advertising is On the Rise – With a Focus on Minority Youth – While Kids Continue to Grow Fatter. What’s Wrong With This Picture?” by Rachel Cernansky. Available from: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/fast-food-advertising-is-on-the-rise-with-a-focus-on-minority-youth-while-kids-continue-to-grow-fatter-whats-wrong-with-this-picture.html

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