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Woods 1Michael WoodsInstructor: Malcolm CampbellEnglish H1103Date: 11/5/12
Obesity Blame Game, Fast Food Industry vs. People
"In the next 18 years the number of obese people in the US is expected to rise to 42 per cent of the adult population."(
Al Jazeera)
But who is to blame for this mind-blowing statistic; thefast food restaurants, or the people that are giving into the industry? A lot of times we love tothrow the blame off of ourselves and find a scapegoat which is where the fast food industry findsitself. But what if I told you it was the America people's fault for becoming one of the mostobese nations in the world?
My Own Look 
Throughout my exploration on who is to blame on the obesity in America, I decided toconduct a little research of my own in which I become the guinea pig of my own experiment.For about a month I recorded how many times that I have went to a fast food restaurant for weekdays, and the weekends. I also recorded how many times that fast food restaurants were anoption when talking over with friends and family to determine where we were going to eat.Alarmingly, over the past month, fast food restaurants were one of the first options that wassuggested to the group of people that I was around. This discovery strengthened my curiositymore and more as to what is making the buzz so hot around the fast food industry and who is to blame for the obesity of America.
 
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Home vs. On the Go
Like I said earlier, one of the most eye popping statistics was that a fast food restaurantwas suggested every time we spoke about where we would like to eat. According to the data Igathered, I noticed that one in every two meals during the week days consisted of fast food, andalmost two thirds of my meals on the weekends involved fast food. So I began looking into howmy statistics matched up with America and surprisingly, according to
Time Magazine
, "thenational average of eating fast food was 3.7 times per week", which is about one half of myaverage. One of the main contributing factors of fast food being consumed was the fact that wewere on the run trying to get somewhere; which is the story of many American families that dealwith church events, school events, recreational games, or band concerts. Now more than ever,American families are always on the move which brings in more revenue for these fast foodindustries. We live in a society where home cooked meals have been substituted in place for getting a quick bite to eat at Jack in the Box before an event. Being always on the move andeating fast food is a positive feedback loop because generally when individuals are constantly onthe move, they tend to stress more, which increases their likely-hood of becomingoverweight/obese. The bottom line is that we are either too busy or too lazy to cook our ownmeals at home, in turn we are consuming less healthy food. According to my father Scott Woods,"Fast food industries have identified most of the American family lifestyles and have perfectedthe art of supplying good food that is easily accessible." One way they have made them moreaccessible is by selling burger that are already cooked for a dollar each, opposed to individualsgoing to the grocery store, buying raw meat, and cooking it for themselves. "In 2010, 50 percent(of meals) were eaten away from home and one in five breakfasts is from McDonald's." (Mark Hyman) This is direct evidence that the kitchen has moved from inside of the homes, to the
 
Woods 3inside of the family car. Placing blame on either the fast food industry or the individual in thiscase is a very shady area because some families can't help but to be busy with activities, or evenwork.
The People
Obesity in America is taking the world by a storm making the U.S.A. number one in theworld with a total 30.6%! (OECD Health Data) We love it when America gets ranked number one in something, but this is one of those categories we should be ashamed of. Not only are weranked number one, but the country that is closest to us is Mexico who are an astounding 6.4% below us. Although it does not sound like a lot, we are speaking in the terms of millions of  people. I was shocked to see that we were ranked first in the world, but as I did more research,we really have no one to blame but our own American lifestyle.
Technology
Through the advancement of technology, America has slowly becoming more dependenton things, thus, increasing obesity rates. The advancement in transportation is a great example because until Harris Ford constructed the assembly line and invented the Model T; beforehandmost of the population either walked, or biked to work. Doing this would keep literally millionsof people on their feet, which burns calories and keep those individuals healthier. But once theModel T was produced, many citizens began to rely more on cars to get them places instead of walking/biking. Also, the workplace has dramatically changed; many people now have jobs thatinvolve a lot of sitting at a computer desk for 8 hours a day, then leaving to go home and chill onthe couch. We have been running in a rut, excuse me, laying in our own filth, for quite some time because we are generally used to being lazy; so lazy that it has come to the point where we donot care about our health sometimes. We are aware that we should eat healthier and exercise, but

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