Darren Jones4/7/10Dr. NduleteEnglish 102The Effect of Obesity on Adolescence in the Southern StatesMany people in the United believe that if it weren¶t for fast food restaurants, theywould not be overweight. People have even sued McDonald¶s for their weight problems.While fast food may be one of the contributors to the obesity epidemic, it surely doesn¶tstand alone. There are many more reasons why people living in the United States areoverweight. Some of these reasons include problems within the school systems, peer pressure, education, and even just where a person lives. Its clear fast food restaurants are part of the problem; look around and you see that they are everywhere.Childhood obesity is a serious public health problem in the United States, particularly in the southern states. Not only does excess weight lead to medical disordersin children, but there is a strong link between childhood obesity and adult obesity. Youcan aggravate the problem by eating patterns favoring more and more convenience foods,of which fast foods are the most harmful. Fast foods are high in fat, sodium, and sugar while low in essential nutrients. The consumption of fast foods has had a direct impact onthe increase in childhood obesity among American youth. Obesity in children is defined by how much the child exceeds the recommended weight for his or her age, sex, andheight.