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|Harold Zarate Diaz|
Essay # 1:
Today many people eat fast food instead of homemade food; the reasons are that fast food is quick, cheap and convenient. At the same time, it is contributing to a big social problem in the U.S which is obesity. Recently, some people are beginning to sue the fast food restaurants for causing their obesity. However we must take the responsibility for our choices given our individual freedom of choice.
The cause of the obesity problem is related to the lifestyle; the responsibility for the problem should be attributed to individual choice such as what people eat or don't. The reason is that we have to take responsibility for our choices as a part of our given liberty. There are many people who eat fast food, but aren't obese. They may do some exercises for burning calories or try not to eat fast food as much as they can, caring for their health. Some fast food restaurants serve relatively healthful foods, such as Subway. Even though people don't have enough money or time to eat anything except for fast food, they can choose those fast food shops. Therefore, the responsibility of obesity should be taken by obese people, though fast food restaurants should also take actions to decrease the number of these people by showing their food's calories, serving healthy food, and giving more choices. In the case of children, parents must assure responsibility for the choices of their children. Parents should monitor their children's diet.
In the documentary Super Size Me, by Morgan Spurlock, shows us the consequences of unhealthy lifestyle. He has to eat three McDonald's meals per day, (every item on the McDonald's menu) at least once over the course of the 30 days. He can only ingests items on the menu and attempt to walk about as much as a typical American, based on a suggested figure of 5,000 steps per day (Super Size Me). Over time, Morgan's weight dramatically increases, his health weakens and he begins to show signs of depression. “Morgan at 6 foot 2 inches, 185lbs, and 11% body fat was fit and lean at the start the month.” “After 30 days Morgan has gained 24.5lbs and increased his body fat by 7%, concluding (Super Size Me). Such an extreme diet really can be dangerous to your health.
The solution to help these unhealthy people is to replace fast food with healthy choices. One example is eating whole grains at least 3oz. per day. Sources can be bread, cereal, rice and pasta. Also should eat a lot of vegetables especially plenty of dark green and orange veggies, as well as dry beans and peas. Fruit greater emphasis on eating all varieties of fruit; avoid fruit juices as they usually contain too much sugar. Oils like lean fats, primarily from fish and nuts, are important; avoid solid fats like butter and shortening, dairy get plenty of calcium from low- or no-fat milk, cheese, yogurt and other products and protein eat low-fat and lean poultry, fish, meat and legumes.
To conclude, I think that people shouldn't attribute their obesity problem to fast food restaurants, even though it provides food which causes negative effects on health. The most important reason is that obesity is the result of individual choices based on free will. We must take the responsibility for our choices when given the individual liberty of choice. The obesity problem in the U.S. is related to life style, not just food consumption.
Greenberg , James . "Super Size Me." This review was written for the festival screening of "Super Size Me." 01-21-2001 1. 03-15-2008
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