Supersizing the Weight Problems

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Supersizing the Weight Problems Heather Eliasz English 1220 Summer 2007 Thursday, June 28, 2007
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“Look after the customer and the business will take care of itself.” – Ray Kroc While Ray has a very good point, how do we know if they really are looking after us? Obesity and diabetes are becoming more and more common every day in the United States, almost as fast as fast food restaurants. This paper will examine one question: Does the fact that fast food restaurants have become more common have any correlation to the rise in weight related diseases? From 1970-1980 fast food restaurants increased from 30,000 – 140,000 (Franz, pg. 4). From 1979 – 2005 obesity has more then doubled in children(Spurlock, Supersize Me). While this may seem as just a meer coincidence, think about this: McDonald’s speant over $1.4 billion just on advertising in 2001(Spurlock, Supersize Me). Most of these advertisements being directed towards children with the appearance of Ronald McDonald and the mention of happy meals and toys. Also McDonalds has the famous play place which almost all kids beg their parents to take them to. So while the increase in obesity may be just a coincidence, it’s really alarming at how McDonald’s directs their advertising towards children. However, advertising just doesn’t effect children. Some fast food restaurants even use false advertising to lure people in. For instance, Wendy’s has the advertisement saying their meat is never frozen. Sean Simpson, an employee of a local
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