Hello everyone! This week on Think a Bit Thursday, we talk about something that has struck America hard: obesity. For those who have not seen Super Size Me, what happens is this. A man who is in great physical condition eats nothing more than McDonald’s for a whole month. He does this so he can show what fast food does to your body. We slowly see his condition worsen, his liver fail, and the overall toll it takes on his body.
The question this week is: Whose fault is it that there is an obesity epidemic? The fast food chains’ or the consumer’s?
In other words, why is America fat? Are we fat because of McDonald’s, or because of ourselves? I believe that the answer is quite obvious, but many people disagree with me. It is completely our fault. Completely. See, nobody is forcing anybody to eat McDonald’s. People make a conscious decision to consume fast food. Calorie counts are displayed at fast food chains right next to the meals. If you are eating that food and accusing fast food for your obesity, you are mistaken. YOU are the cause. Not McDonald’s, not a shady corporation, YOU. There is not one person in this country that doesn’t know that McDonald’s is not good for you.
You cannot blame fast food for the obesity epidemic. Fast food chains are essential to the economy, and are a product of hard work and determination. Allow me to explain. People love unhealthy food. This is why soda and chips are a huge market. Coca Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper. I could go on for hours. The creators of fast food franchises know what sells. Because they are trying to make money, they create a franchise that serves unhealthy food. Why? Because people eat it. Fast food didn’t spawn out of nowhere and cause obesity with it. The desire for high fat foods was here long before fast food chains.
I guarantee you that if there were as many competitors selling different kinds of salads and fruits, fast food chains would be built upon salads and fruits rather than burgers and fries. If apples and oranges were as big of rivals as Coke and Pepsi, there would be a surplus of apples and oranges being sold at fast food stores. You cannot hate fast food franchises, because the owners of them are smart. Not just smart, but intelligent. They started a business that makes quality money, because they are great with marketing, advertisement, and demographics. Do you think I want to defend fast food chains? Heck no. But McDonald’s is not responsible for obesity.
When we aren’t able to control ourselves and our eating habits, there is nobody else to blame. Yes, fast food is tempting. There is some kind of fast food restaurant at every corner. But there is self responsibility required in our lives. We have to make choices and claim responsibility for them. Here in America we are educated about food and health. We cannot turn a blind eye to the calorie counts and nutrition facts that are so clearly presented to us. There is fast food all around the world, and yet the United States is the most obese country. Yes, we do have four times the amount of McDonald’s than Japan, the country with the second highest amount of McDonald’s locations. That is a solid fact. But we are informed individuals. Just because there is more fast food does not make it alright for us to get fat off of McDonald’s. It is our fault that we are obese, not fast foods.’
The question this week was: Whose fault is it that there is an obesity epidemic? The fast food chains’ or the consumer’s? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for reading!