Are we taking it too far by blaming fast food restaurants for obesity across the U.S.?

Asked by: mel123
  • Yes we are

    It is not the fault of fast food restaurants that people are overweight, it is the fault of the people themselves. By this I am not saying it is bad to eat at McDonalds because honestly I do it all the time. You must counteract it with physical activity and you can still stay at a decent weight. I eat at fast food all the time but I am still in excellent healthy condition because I can counteract it with physical activity.

  • Yup. In fact mcdonalds isnt even that bad if you know what to order

    Look fasst food, it yummy its cheap its fast, but does it make you unhealthy and fat? Not necessarily, its all on your lifestyle and the choices you make. In fact mcdonalds has some great low calorie and healthy options and delicacies that are still calorically ok if eaten by itself. People need to stop blaming others for their weight issues and tackle the problems by focusing what they are doing themselves

  • Blaming Fast Food Restaurants

    It is not the fast food restaurants fault, but the fault of human responsibility. We choose to eat fast food and not live a healthy life. Or we choose to live healthy but still have a terrible way of eating. Fast food eating is alright, but it has to be in moderation.

  • Blaming Fast Food Restaurants

    It is not the fast food restaurants fault, but the fault of human responsibility. We choose to eat fast food and not live a healthy life. Or we choose to live healthy but still have a terrible way of eating. Fast food eating is alright, but it has to be in moderation.

  • Yes we are

    It truly comes down to choice. Plus, fast food isn,t the biggest problem... Sugar is the biggest problem. Sugar industries are very wealthy. 80% of the food sold in a supermarket has sugar. Have you noticed on the Nutrition Fact that sugar does not have percentage? On the 1980 s 0 children had diabetes 1 or 2 (ages 3-8). On 2000 56,000 children (ages 3-8) had diabetes 1 or 2 and it's increasing. On the 1980 s, I think so, someone released an article saying that every food had fat and fat is bad and demanded that fat had to be at least decreased from every food. But, when you take the fat out of the food you take out it's good taste. So, they added sugar. Sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine and your brain has 8 times more activity than with cocaine. Sugar is not bad, it's the excessive amount of sugar we eat every day. When can a calorie, not be a calorie? 160 calories of almonds... You eat them process them in the liver and the liver produces a little bit of fat. 160 calories of soda... You drink them process them in the liver but, the liver receives so much sugar that it starts working very fast and produces a lot, a lot of fat... Then insulin kicks in... Kills the sugar and all the fat produced remains in your body.
    20 z of soda are burned by driving a bicycle for 1:30 hours.

    In the future we are gonna look at the past and ask ourselves... Why didn't I see this coming?

  • We have a choice whether to eat their food.

    Maybe fast food restaurants play a part by existing big, but it comes down to people choosing to eat their food. We don't have to eat fast food. We could choose healthier food instead. But I think also playing a role in our obesity is the fact that fast food and other junk foods cost less compared to healthy food, and some people are forced to regularly eat food like this, and it shouldn't be this way, healthy food needs to be affordable and accessible for everyone. Plus people may or may not get enough exercise, our weight depends on our level of exercise as well as our food. But I'm guessing this is about the food role in our weight.

  • Fast food restaurants feed on our innate gluttony

    The availability of fast food restaurants is astonishing. At every turn, down the street, every nook and cranny, seems to be illuminated by the distractingly neon big yellow sign or any other signs that simply entices you to step into that shop for comfort, juicy burgers and indulgence. Humans are creatures that will give into temptation, at any degree. And fast food restaurants know it. The idea of speed, convenience and taste is really an alluring package for anyone.

    Yes, one might argue that the individual is to be blamed for their poor choices but don't neglect the fact that the freedom to choose is restrained by the type of choices we have. If we are surrounded by 9 different fast food restaurants and 1 not-a-fast-food restaurant, we would be inclined to turn our heads and pick among the 9.

    And they say, habits are cultivated from young. It is part of a marketing strategy for the big yellow M to introduce happy meals to draw in young customers, shaping their idea of the consumption of food, and resulting in an innate craving of fast food leading to overconsumption and hence obesity.

    To say that fast food restaurants receive the bulk of the blame for obesity across U.S, yes for the enticement it poses.

    However, the individual is to bear the portion of the blame for not being able to resist. But hey, it is part of human nature.

  • Yes we are

    It is unfair for us as Americans to blame a business for what we have truly done to ourselves. As more and more people purchase McDonald's products with their own money, they are growing more and more obese. It is not the restaurant's fault. Some also say that the growing obesity rate is due to the expansion of the fast food businesses, but this really isn't fair either, More people are buying and the business is growing, It's just a never ending cycle and it is selfish of us to blame them for what we are doing to ourselves.

  • Yes we are...

    One cannot blame one's problems on a restaurant. A fast food restaurant does not force one to dine at it. A person has the choice whether or not to eat at a fast food restaurant. If one continuously eats at a fast food restaurant it is his fault and therefore cannot blame the restaurant for his own actions.

  • Fast food has been the scapegoat for a long while.

    With "documentaries" like Super Size Me and Food Inc, fast food and the food industry in general has been blamed for obesity and overall unhealthy living in America for quite some time. These films dishonestly represent the fast food industry and the effects that the food has on an individual–not only that, but responsibility for obesity has been shifted into the hands of companies. Companies like McDonald's are blamed and shamed for their alleged role in the "obesity epidemic" in America, however, it is the individuals' role in their own obesity. McDonald's and other fast food companies do not force anyone to buy their products, and advertising only influences people, so the responsibility lays in the individual, not in the companies.

  • Too far? Maybe not.

    Whilst I agree with the concept of personal responsibility, if tobacco companies can be held responsible for people dying from smoking related diseases (as I believe they have been), why does not the same principle apply to fast food, or alcohol for that matter? Is our sense of moral outrage dictated by current fashion?

  • What is it with these fast food questions

    Can't you people come up with better questions to ask than this. Seriously, it's again and again with the fast food questions. Disgusting people. Ask it once in a while, not all the freaking time. Like seriously now. Disgusting people. I swear some people are outright nasty to tell you the truth.

  • Commercial practice is not excused so easily

    The things our society does enmass shouldn't be written off so readily. Major commercial junk food producers do in fact have some responsibility for obesity just like cigarette producers are responsible for the harmful effects of their product. Mc Donald's and the like profit from their product which is inherently harmful. The difference between fast food and cigarettes is simply a degree of harm... Which is debatable.

  • But fast food is behind it all

    Its bad eating habits advertised and manufactured for, but fast food is behind it all.

    This debate is probably referring to Professor Barry Popkin's research that found that "children’s consumption of fast food is only a small part of a much more pervasive dietary pattern that is fostered at an early age by children’s parents and caregivers. The pattern includes few fruits and vegetables, relying instead on high amounts of processed food and sugar-sweetened beverages. These food choices also are reinforced in the meals students are offered at school." (Google for: Obesity and fast food)

    Advertising works. Japan moved from a nation that marries by eating together out of a rice bowl and Zero diamonds, to the second largest importer of diamonds within a few years in the 1950's. Google for "the diamond invention"

    Eating habits have changed everything. Google for "youtube: Food Inc Part 1". The same movie shows in passing how the food industry has changed the construction and quality of food, and how it affects people. Also shown, are the numbers of animals and grain (soy and corn) used - or rather consumed by these fast food chains. The number of giant companies owning, taking in, and putting out the food is so alarmingly small that there is no doubt as to who is behind this whole "business" and during early interviews in the movie they expose their aspiration to monopolize and dominate the market and in fact the world.

    So any "news report", blog, or non medical based article, claiming the opposite should immediately be scrutinized and suspect of being a part of the continued advertising brainwash by these companies.

    True, it is not only fast food that is bad, bad for people's health, longevity and everyday quality of life, but it is the fast food industry that is behind it all.

    Lets put it in direct wording: The fast food industry is behind the major changes in the food industry, monopolizing and dominating the sources of food, and therefor are part of making people obese, making people sick, and in fact of killing people at a young age.

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