Fast Food Restaurants and Obesity Analytical Essay by Nicky

Based on Michael Schlosser's book "Fast Food Nation", the paper explores whether fast food restaurants are responsible for the obesity epidemic.
# 145633 | 832 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2010 in Medical and Health (Nutrition and Exercise) , Nutrition (Food)

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The paper focuses on Michael Schlosser's argument that fast food chains have changed eating habits and contributed to the phenomenon of obesity. The paper examines other evidence which has since been published in relation to this topic, in an attempt to assess whether the prevalence of fast food restaurants in America may indeed be blamed for this epidemic. The paper reaches the conclusion that considering access to fast food in isolation may not be enough to explain trends in obesity.

From the Paper:

"The first study included is that by Jeffery et al., which examined whether fast food restaurants could be considered an environmental risk factor for obesity. Their study specifically examined whether those living or working near to fast food establishments in Minnesota were at greater risk of obesity. The study collected information from over 1000 participants and found that eating at fast food restaurants was positively associated with BMI. This therefore supports the claim made by Schlosser that fast food is one of the "vectors" (242) of the ever increasing global obesity epidemic. Notably, the authors stated that "eating at "fast food" restaurants is associated with higher weight and less healthy eating habits" (5). The study also showed that the proximity of either home or work to fast food restaurants was not associated with either frequency of eating at those restaurants or BMI. The study did however find conversely that proximity to non-fast food restaurants was associated with frequency of eating at these 'healthier' establishments. This study therefore would indicate that fast food is associated with obesity, but that access to fast food is not necessarily associated with increased consumption, and therefore not with increased obesity."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Jeffery, Robert W., Judy Baxter, Maureen McGuire & Jennifer Linde. "Are fast food restaurants an environmental risk factor for obesity?" International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 3(2006): 2-7.
  • Maddock, J. "The relationship between obesity and the prevalence of fast food restaurants: State-level analysis." American Journal of Health Promotion 19.2(2004): 137-143.
  • Morland, Kimberly B. & Kelly R. Evenson. "Obesity prevalence and the local food environment." Health & Place 25 (2009): 491-495.
  • Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001.

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