Junk Food Persuasive Essay by Nicky

A discussion on the trend of eating junk food.
# 149716 | 1,356 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2011 in Medical and Health (Nutrition and Exercise) , Nutrition (Food) , Sociology (General)

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The paper discusses how by the beginning of the 1980s, junk foods had become a major part of Western dietary habits, leading to increasing numbers of people becoming overweight or obese throughout the following decades. The paper attributes this trend to the influence of the media, the food industry and today's busy modern lifestyle. The paper highlights the health risks that result from eating these convenience foods but points out that a significant majority of people are prepared to risk their health, and the health of their families, for the convenience of junk food.

The Results of Living in a Convenient World

From the Paper:

"The majority of what people eat is related to the surrounding culture, as well as what is grown locally. As such, people still see foods such as meat and potatoes as an important part of dietary needs, but instead of the traditional roast beef and boiled potatoes, they now consume frozen chips and hamburgers that have a higher fat content. Although current society still includes main constituents such as milk, bread and potatoes, people now eat far less fruits, vegetables, and fish than during the earlier half of the 20th century. In addition, snacking, instead of eating the recommended three meals per day, has become increasingly more popular due to convenience."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barness LA, Opitz JM, and Gilbert-Barness E. "Obesity: Genetic, Molecular, and Environmental Aspects." Am. J. Med. Genet A 143A (24) Dec. 2007: 3016-34.
  • Collins, Sharon. "Today's Kids Know that Junk Food is Bad for Them ... but They Can't Stop." Sunday Mirror. 1998. Available online. Retrieved 7 May 2009 from:<http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4161/is_19980524/ai_n14476302/>
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