"Do you think fast food restaurants are responsible for child obesity?"
I think that fast food restaurants are the cause of children becoming obese because a good percent of the fast food restaurants any where in the world are doing nothing to try and prevent this crisis. Yes the saying "you are what you eat" does have something to do with the issue, that children are becoming so overweight, not only because kids are eating whatever they want at home but also because there is no actual structured outdoor/indoor exercise. I personally believe that the fast food restaurants should start to take into consideration that these places are likely to get into some serious health hazards. Like McDonald's for instance there new thing is to super size there meals and get twice the amount of food for just a little bit more in there price. To me that has disaster written all over it, not only cause of the amount of food but also the amount of calories, and fat in the food.
I don't understand how the fast food industry is so protected by wanton disregard for logic and knowledge. All the fast food industry sells is food that, if eaten every day, will make you fat and unhealthy quite quickly and, eventually, kill you - this has been demonstrated in many forms of media. Saying the fast food industry is lot liable for turning its customers into unhealthy, sugar-addicted "heavy users" (to borrow the term), is the same logic that would absolve gun manufacturers from playing their part in gun violence. If gun manufacturers stopped making guns, gun violence would EVENTUALLY go down over a long period of time (for many reasons), in the same fashion that if fast food companies started selling ONLY healthy meals, consumer health would improve over an extended period of time. But, just like gun manufacturers, fast food companies only care about 3 things: 1) selling their product to as many of us as possible; 2) creating "repeat" business; and 3) procuring enough revenue to gain the lobby power necessary to protect their industry(ies).
The obesity epidemic has led to the postulation that highly palatable foods may be "addictive" for some individuals. Salty, sugary, and fatty processed foods are a global health epidemic, and an addiction that is becoming harder and harder to kick. Therefore, fast food restaurants have taken the initiatives to grab the attention of children as well as their parents with colorful unethical advertisements making a addiction like behavior.
Despite popular belief, parents cannot hope to combat the mass pressure placed on their children to eat in fast food restaurants. The whole force of the media, the fast food industry and peers encourage eating in fast food restaurants, and despite a parents influence, they cannot combat this. It then must fall on the shoulders of the fast food restaurants.
Here are some reasons why I think that. People choose the wrong and unhealthy meals and can be addicting. some people cannot control their eating habits. I think the restaurants should care about what people are eating. There are adults and kids that do not go and do sports or physical activities. Our bodies handle differently. There have been kids that are over sized at a very young age. Eating correctly can cause you to have health issues. They can limit on their fast food, but you should not go everyday for the wrong food that does not give you the right nutritious for your body.
When I recently visited India three years ago, I witnessed children starving on the streets on more than one occasion. On the other hand, the United States has one of the lowest starvation levels in the world since food is usually available to American residents. When most citizens encounter a staving person, we automatically infer that the person has a disease or that s/he is under the influence of drugs. This is due to the fact that starvation is one of the least common conditions that we are exposed to. However, obesity is one of the main health concerns that we are witnessing in an increasing number of youths. We need to teach our children in society not to consume excessive amounts of food since they can suffer the consequences of having health issues as adults, and the health care costs will skyrocket, resulting in a disastrous explosion on our economy.
Yes indeed. We cannot blame the eater and exonerate the cook. The cook attracts the eater and like wise the eater responds. Without these fast food restaurants there would be no commercialised junk food and public eating. Hence to save the community from these fast food capitalists the governments must regulate the way they advertise. Remember children compete over who has eaten which burger and which restaurant. The fact that they advertise, means they want to psychologically lure the vulnerable groups such as children in our society. These food sharks are 100% responsible for child obesity.
Don't fault the company, don't point the finger.. when someone ends up doing something that is bad for their well being THEY are responsible for it... and their parents probably didn't teach them well or warn them well.
You have the responsibility to choose what you want. You don't have to let the fast food industries tell you what to eat. It's your choice. You have the freedom to make your own decision! Advertisements usually lure in the middle class anyway, and the middle class have the money to spend on healthier foods.
Children and their parents are responsible for what they eat. It isn't the fast food restaurants fault for serving food that people think is appetizing. Fast food makes up ONLY about 17% of most adolescents' total caloric intake. Kids are eating too much, but, most of what they are eating isn't fast food.
Obesity is not only caused by fast food. A less active lifestyle and larger portions of food can also make you obese. It’s your choice to eat fast food. Fast food places are required to have nutrition labels, so you can find out what you're eating. Also, people who are educated about the unhealthiness of fast food become more obese than those who are uneducated.
People chose to be obese. They have no right to blame the fast food industry for anything just because they got obese from eating food THEY CHOSE TO BUY. The fast food industry sells us food because its a business. If you make millions of dollars a day worldwide, who would want to stop that?
Parents who don't regulate how much fast food their child eats are responsible for their obesity. Fast food restaurants provide the product. It's up to the parent whether or not their child can eat it. And it's up to them to teach their kids that eating too much fast food is unhealthy and they shouldn't do it.
They cant technically control what they eat if they are influenced by others making them feel that there is nothing wrong with eating fast food. My opinion is the lack of exercise, what there parents have to offer at home, and by the choices others make or choices they make for themselves are causes of their obesity.
Humans have the right to make choices. Don't eat at the resturant. It's that simple.
Fast food restaurants should not be held responsible for childhood obesity, even if their menu options encourage unhealthy eating. Parents need to take responsibility for the food choices that they make for their children. No restaurant forces a family to eat their food or dictate what or how much is ordered off the menu. It would be the equivalent of holding liquor stores responsible for someone developing alcoholism. Unless individuals and parents take responsibility for their own decisions, true change will not occur.
The parents are fully to blame, it is simple.
Young children are under direct supervision and control of their parents, and those parents, being fully aware of the health issues related to continuous eating of these products, have the power to say "NO".
In my opinion the parents know what they are doing and are lazy. They use the convenience of such products they know will save them time in the kitchen and then have the cheek to blame them.
It is true that fast food restaurants often sell large sizes of fried foods. But, the place that children eat most frequently is still the home. Although it is hard to resist a large portion of delicious, fat-laden food, it is still important to teach children good eating habits from the beginning. A child should learn to heed hunger cues and to not fill his plate to the limit. Although eating should be enjoyable, at the end of the day, it is about properly nourishing the body with the right amount of calories.
Fast food is often abused by parents for their children which yes may certainly play a role but is definitely not the cause of childhood obesity. Fast food restaurants are there to make money ,it is the parent who makes the choice to continuously give them money therefore its the parents fault for allowing their child to consume the food. Fast food is jus t a business and a convent resource parents like to abuse it for their own convince then blame health factors on the establishment. No one is forcing them to feed their kids this food therefore they themselves are at fault.
We cant blame fast food places for children being obese. They just advertise the food all though it looks good that doesn't mean that you have to over eat. Its your responsibility to make sure that you provide a well balanced meal for your child. You can substitute the fries for apples the soft drink for milk or juice. There is no excuse
The reason why it is I said no I disagreed to this statement because firstly children are what they eat.It is up to that individual whether in the childhood period of their life it is up to you the parent to show them the right thing and if it is the adolescence period they should know what to eat and how much to eat they suppose to be self-conscious on what they are doing.
No !!Fast food is often abused by parents for their children which yes may certainly play a role but is definitely not the cause of childhood obesity. Fast food restaurants are there to make money ,it is the parent who makes the choice to continuously give them money therefore its the parents fault for allowing their child to consume the food. Fast food is jus t a business and a convent resource parents like to abuse it for their own convince then blame health factors on the establishment. No one is forcing them to feed their kids this food therefore they themselves are at fault.
It's common knowledge that the products that the fast food restaurants are supplying aren't healthy and should not be consumed often. It all comes down to quantity control, common knowledge, and moderation.
I work at a corner store, and I watch every school day kids buying nothing but junk food. Chips, candy, and sodas. It dawned on me one day, it is not the fast food that we may eat at once, or twice a week. It is the corner stores that we visit almost two to three times a day. I looked around the store, and I saw nothing healthy. Why don't the investigate the salt, sugar, and fat in all the thing that are carried in a corner store. That seems to be on every block of the USA.
The fact that parents go out and buy the food makes them to blame, not the restaurants. Kids can't help if their parents come home with fast food as dinner, they eat what they are provided with. Fast food restaurants aren't to blame. Parents should provide healthy food for their own kids. Other people shouldn't be blamed for parents not caring.
What is keeping children inside? Technology. What does keeping them inside mean? No exercise. Does fast food play a part in obesity, sure, but is not solely responsible. Also, to continue, fast food is not the childs choice. A parent can choose whether to give their child the goods or not, it is not the childs! I think putting a label on who did what, takes away from the sole issue. Child obesity is a problem and all we're doing is arguing about WHO did it, not WHAT we can change about it!
Parents do have a responsibility to what their kid(s) may eat. That can help lead to choosing fast food so they do not have to cook, or go out and eat somewhere more expensive spending money they do not have. But here's the twist, no matter what you eat, where you eat, the genetics you have, IF YOU DON'T EXERCISE AND EAT FAST FOOD ALL THE TIME YOU WILL GET OBESE. Enough said, so many lazy bums out there sitting on the couch not working out is the cause of obesity. Exercise, and you can eat whatever the heck you want.
Fast food restaurants should not be responsible for anyone s obesity. You choose what you and your family eat , and the amount. Restaurants don't put a gun to you and force you to eat there. Your choice your responsibility. I Have an auntie who as been working at McDonald's for 14 years and she is not obese. Why? Because she chooses not to eat there everyday 3 times a day. Parents just get lazy and rather take there kids to eat fast food and blame all does TV commercials. Are you the parent or the TV, all you have to say no and explain to your kid why they cant be eating fast food all the time.