Amazon.com Widgets
  • Blaming fast food!

    They are giving people something bad, the food alone is to blame for obesity. I understand some people cant afford anything else but McDonald's everyday and if people don't have money, the least fast food chains do is serve and offer something healthy! I'm also partially blaming the consumer because it is their personal responsibility.

  • A qualified "yes" vote.

    Fast food ALONE is not to blame for obesity, but it is a huge contributor. Considering the millions of people served at fast food restaurants versus any other eating establishment, fast food restaurants hold a particular responsibility to provide nutritious, tasty and healthy food. Instead, most fast food restaurants provide clearly unhealthy food, or unhealthy food disguised as healthy food (such as salads with fat-laden dressing). Such disingenuity should be discouraged with proper nutritional labeling.

  • An indirect pressure which increases the negative impact of obesity.

    Fast food is not to blame, however, the impact of fast food on a person’s health would have any jury struggling to agree that fast food outlets are innocent bystanders in the global impact of obesity in the world. Therefore in my opinion they can be no dissociation between the frequency of fast food consumed and an individual’s health. Fast food is a catalyst for obesity, not the cause, but it’s role cannot be underestimated. Yes I agree that individuals have a choice, but the scientific evidence is out there that the average health of people of middle to low socio-economic background, who live in close proximity the fast food outlets have poorer obesity related health issues than those that don’t. This is further proved by the massive increase in westernisation of eastern countries who previously had no fast food outlets and therefore relatively (comparatively to developed western countries) low to non-existent health related diseases (heart disease, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and even some cancers just to name a few). While I’m sure there are many “anonymous” fast food company representatives that may try to sway a vote in an online poll (such as this) in order to clear their conscience and make another dollar, I would challenge any of them to prove my arguments wrong. As a Health and Physical Education teacher of over 10 years, I have seen the result of children that have grown up eating the rubbish food that can be produced at fast food outlets to the point they are addicted. This means that they mentally no longer have a choice as it is habitual. Governments are forcing fast food outlets to state the nutritional value of their meals in their ‘restaurants’ like packets of smokes or bottles of alcohol display warnings of the health impact they may have. They wouldn’t consider these kind of steps if fast food did not contribute to what our world is reportedly experiencing, an ‘obesity epidemic’. Have none of you seen supersize me? Or lost your common sense in the bottom of a greasy burger? It is obvious that while we will not see fast food banned due to the commercial cost, the long term medical and health savings could possibly out way these losses.

  • Yes, fast food is to blame for obesity.

    I don't think obesity is entirely a problem of the individuals who are obese, I don't have any statistics, but through observation and a basic understanding of human nature I have the opinion that yes fast food companies are a major contributor to this now global epidemic. Take the people of El Salvador who until recently have been the latest victims of the beasts of capitalism, (the fast food giants) and as a result tooth decay is rapidly rising in children, along with other health conditions. With a health care system that can't cope, one asks whether the companies responsible should foot the bill? And as a topic of discussion no one wants to attribute any responsibility to these institutions, we seem to have adopted the corporate way of thinking where profits rule. Capitalism is destroying people physically but more importantly there ethics, as well as the planet, just as a beast destroys all it comes into contact with.

  • We are not taking it too far.

    It is the individuals choice, some people make the decision to eat unhealthy while others may make the decision to eat all natural/ organic meals, we are not "taking it too far" it is the individuals decision an they should be wise. If they are fat that is their fault, not McDonalds. The restaurants have healthier smaller choices and if people choose the greasy pink slime, that's their fault.

  • Fast food is to blame

    People say it's a persons choice to have fast food, but really it's not since they put a chemical in your food which makes you addicted to it and want to eat fast food everyday for some and make you obese and then it kills you. Fast food stores should be accountable for obese peoples deaths. They should be closed down forever.

  • Some people are quite stupid

    UM HELLO PEOPLE yes it is totally your decision to eat the fast food, but with the lack of education on the harms of fast food to the average american family, these companies are taking advantage! They don't care how many people get obese as long as they are rich anyways!

  • Some people are quite stupid

    UM HELLO PEOPLE yes it is totally your decision to eat the fast food, but with the lack of education on the harms of fast food to the average american family, these companies are taking advantage! They don't care how many people get obese as long as they are rich anyways!

  • Fast food resturants

    I think its the fast food places fault for over putting calories into food, since the state they are in tells them spacificaly that they cant put over a certain amount of calories into their food products. So in addition if you think your child is over weight then you can very easily blame fast food, but if your over weight you CANT because its scientifically proven that fast food is not the reason america has
    obese adults. So that's your fault

  • Other Factors Contribute

    Other Factors like genetic disorders, And The Amount you eat can contribute to this Like For someone to turn round and say that McDonald's is to blame is weird. It also depends on how many time you eat it and the amount of exercise you do can contribute to this

  • Stop blaming Fast Food!

    It is not the Fast Food companies Fault your getting fat. Look, stop blaming the Fast Food companies for making you overwieght, when it's YOUR CHOICE to eat the food in the first place. Now if you would stop eating it and start exercise maybe you will realize, Oh it was me.

  • No, it is a person's choice to eat.

    I'm sorry, I did not realize when you drove by McDonald's they forced you to shove a burger down your throat. They didn't, because it was your choice, not theirs. A big bag of lettuce costs as much as a small burger at Wendy's, so I don't buy the whole money excuse.

  • PARENTS ARE THE CAUSE PEOPLE

    WELL AS FAR AS CHILDREN GO. PARENTS ARE THE ONES BUYING THE FOOD FOR THEIR CHILDREN, KNOWING ITS AN UNHEALTHY CHOICE AND THEY KNOW THAT THEY CAN CHECK HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN A BIG MAC FOR EXAMPLE. PLUS ITS NOT THE ONLY THING THAT TAKES PART IN THE GROWING OBESITY OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALIKE.
    ~THE SCREAMING ANSWER

  • Americans are to blame for obesity.

    The amount of obesity has gone up because we have gotten lazy. The American people have the option of working out and they have the option of not eating the food, but they don't because they see that there is some food and they eat it and don't think about the after effects that food has. After a period of time of eating the same fat-filled food, they start gaining weight, and they say that it is just a little, and after a while they have gained 100 pounds or more by eating the same food over and over again. The Americans have the choice of doing something about it, but they are too lazy to get off their butts and do something about it. If anybody reads this and needs to lose weight, all you have to do is get up and say, "I'm going to walk," and build off of that. Please stop standing around, and do something about it.

  • Matter of Free Will

    Fast food has exsisted in this country for years and we've only recently seen a huge increase in obesity. Sure, the portion sizes have grown quite dramatically but so have the number of healthier options offered. Just because you go to a fast food restaurant doesn't mean you have to order the biggest, fattiest, most calorie containing thing on the menu. It's all about choices which are influenced by family, peers, and understanding of basic nutrition concepts. Don't tell me you didn't know a greasy burger, large fries and 44oz soda were bad for you. It's one thing to not have access to fresh, healthy foods because of lack of income or geographical location.. it's another to throw self control to the wind and claim ignorance. You can have that greasy burger once in awhile if you practice healthy habits the majority of the time and you won't be obese

  • No, people are more to blame for obesity than fast food.

    Even though fast food is readily available to most people, individuals still have to make a choice to maintain their health. There are some fast food restaurants that now offer healthier choices like fresh fruit or salads so that those who are trying to watch their weight can do so successfully. Genetic factors and lifestyle also play a role in obesity. It is up to each individual to find out how to treat and prevent obesity for themselves.

  • No. There are many factors to blame.

    Society can not put all the blame for obesity on one cause. There are many reasons why obesity rates have exploded. Fast food has made food cheaper and quicker to access, but ultimately it is the person who makes the decision whether they will eat more unhealthy food or not and therefore they deserve most of the blame.

  • You are suppose to know what is good for you

    They did not tell you to buy 5 burgers and get fat all they do is advertise it and that it. It is your responsibility to know how much to eat. And by now people should know that some of the snacks lie saying its all natural also obesity can come from family genes

  • What people choose to eat is their own choice.

    I don't think anyone can put the blame on a fast food restaurant , and if anyone has a reason to believe that a restaurant has caused them to be obese, then maybe they should not eat there. Weight problems are caused by health issues or other so serious problems.

  • Yes, but no

    I feel that both sides contribute to the increasing obesity rate in America. Nobody wants to be told how they are living their life is wrong, so naturally they blame solely fast food for their declining health. Although portion distortion and misleading ads need to be ended, for now people need to focus on their own actions and how they personally can better their health.


Research this topic: New York University, United States
Leave a comment...
(Maximum 900 words)
No comments yet.