Fast food chains are a rapid rising epidemic worldwide, and yet seemingly is being constantly overlooked. Many studies have shown the direct link of fast food and the increase numbers of obesity. The so called “nature of obesity” has been shown to be caused by so many things, but nothing amounts to the Mc Donalds “Big Mac”. Fast food is so easy, affordable, and fast that it has become the go to for all families at times. The chains have truly become a huge part of the economy, a source for jobs, and simply a fast dinner for anyone in need. But the biggest affect has been on the people. Particularly teens and young children have been affected. Most of the blame that comes with the increase in childhood obesity is directed towards advertising. Fast food restaurants are constantly coming up with new ideas to draw young people in with their kids meals and toys. “In regarding childhood obesity pre-eminently as a social construction, then, my intention is to underscore the particular currency childhood obesity has in contemporary culture as an indicator of “altered patterns of life” (Lofink and Ulijaszek 338) and to ask how truth claims regarding childhood obesity have shaped the meaning of this “menace.””
People are still asking “Is there truly an obesity crisis?” If this question is still continually being asked, it truly shows how overlooked this epidemic truly is. There are so many researchers and facts showing how big of a problem this is becoming. “While the OECD Obesity Update 2012, for example, shows stabilization in obesity growth in some developed nations with growth rates not meeting projections, a reason for Gard suggesting it has ended, the overall global trend is still up with no sign of retrenchment, particularly now in developing and even under-developed nations.” This word wide issue isn’t being taken seriously, and if not handled soon, the path of this dangerous addiction and necessity will continue to get worse. What can we all do to help?
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