Obesity and calorie intake increase in calorie intake and inadequate physical activity are the leading factors of obesity according to the national health and nutrition examination survey, the intake of calories in the us population is increasing every passing year the numbers have risen alarmingly in the past decade why does fast food cause obesity there are four basic reasons why fast food is linked to obesity.
Fast food and obesity although fast food gets blamed for causing obesity, the fact is that it is not a cause of obesity fast food is high in calories and typically comes in large portions, but a person could eat fast food on a regular basis and not become obese. Fast food although eating fast food has been shown to increase caloric intake and the risk of becoming obese, (47–49) it is not as clear that living or working closer to fast-food restaurants has the same effect.
By sarah muntel, rd to view a pdf version of this article, click here since 1970, the amount of fast food restaurants in business doubled, which equates to about 300,000 establishments in the united states coincidentally, 338 percent of the us population is affected by obesity and 19 percent of children and adolescents are alsoread article. In the effect of fast food restaurants on obesity (nber working paper 14721), researchers janet currie, stefano dellavigna, enrico moretti, and vikram pathania undertake a careful study of the effect of fast food on obesity using the exact geographic location of fast food restaurants specifically, the authors examine whether proximity to a fast food restaurant affects the obesity rates of 3 million school children and the weight gain of over 1 million pregnant women. Every day, nearly one-third of us children aged 4 to 19 eat fast food, which likely packs on about six extra pounds per child per year and increases the risk of obesity, a study of 6,212 youngsters found. The fast food industries false advertisements, unhealthy food, and long term effects of consuming fast food all lead to the causes and effects of adulthood obesity in the lives of thousands of americans today.
Fast foods reduce the quality of diet and provide unhealthy choices especially among children and adolescents raising their risk of obesity fast-food consumption costs were nearly $1648 billion in 2010 this was a 3% rise from 2009 fast food and childhood obesity fast foods affect children and youth often worse than adults. Consumption of meals eaten away from home, especially from fast-food restaurants, has increased in the united states since the 1970s the main objective of this study was to examine the frequency and characteristics of fast-food consumption among adults in michigan and obesity prevalence. For fast food lovers, fast food being not the cause of obesity may be good news but of course, it doesn’t mean that you can eat a big mac for breakfast, french fries for snacks and a bacon double deluxe for lunch and dinner.
Since 1970, the amount of fast food restaurants in business doubled, which equates to about 300,000 establishments in the united states coincidentally, 338 percent of the us population is affected by obesity and 19 percent of children and adolescents are also affected.
The supply of fast food affects the obesity rates of 3 million school children and the weight gain of over 1 million pregnant women we find that among 9th grade children, a fast food restaurant within a tenth of a mile of a school is associated with at least a 52 percent increase in obesity rates.