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Sameer Khan English 101 Professor Strueloff English Essay # 3 Nov. 27, 2007 AMERICAN OBESITY: A FAT PROBLEM DRAFT 4 American obesity has become a ‘growing’ concern for our nation in the past few decades. Obesity is seen as one of the most stigmatizing bodily characteristics in our culture. Though many see it as a small issue in today’s ‘climate of terror,’ the fact of the matter is that many Americans suffer heavily from this epidemic. The global paradox is that millions of people die every year due to starvation and abject poverty conditions, yet in the U.S. the predicament citizens’ face involves eating disorders. The prevalence of human obesity and humanity’s obsession with weight loss reflect, perhaps, both our vanity and gluttony. Though many people appear to take the initiative to address this ‘epidemic,’ it still remains a chronic issue. One has to ask when and how did the obesity epidemic come about in American culture. Was it a gradual process? Did it just become an issue? Gret Citser, in his book Fat Land , argues that obesity is a consequence of the concept of ‘Bigness’ that many corporations, particularly McDonald’s, adapted in their approach to business in the 1980’s. He claims that “By the end of the century, supersizing – the ultimate expression of the value meal revolution – reigned…Kids had come to see bigger everything – bigger sodas, bigger snacks, and bigger candy – as the norm.” He goes on state that “Bigness is addictive because it is about power…While few teenage boys can actually finish a 64 ounce Double Gulp; it’s empowering to hold one in your hand.” The concept seems to fuel the marketing of just about everything including not only food, but also cars, homes Sameer Khan Page 1 2/10/2010
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and clothes. The pioneers of ‘super-size’ achieved McDonald’s dream: in order to expand their business, they banished the shame of gluttony and opened the mouth of the American eater wider then they had ever imagined. While some suggest that obesity is a result of business endeavours, others point to the influence of media. In her book Excessive Eating , Joyce Anne Slochower takes this position. She states that “The average American is inundated with fast food and choices on a daily basis…Advertisements for these food products boast their nutrition values…” The fact is that American culture marginalizes the obese while simultaneously creating the perfect environment for weight gain. Pulled by both ends, Americans try to deal with this apparent paradox which may have a psychological effect and can consequently induce obesity. However, attributing obesity in America to franchises is, in essence, irrational.
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