Fastfoodsp11 - Ethical Issue Fast Food Outlets and Obesity The issue of obesity has been in the news a great deal recently with First Lady Michelle

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Ethical Issue: Fast Food Outlets and Obesity The issue of obesity has been in the news a great deal recently, with First Lady Michelle Obama making the fight against childhood obesity a central concern and the food giant Wal-Mart announcing that it will cut the sugar and salt content of its house brands and stock more fresh fruits and vegetables in its stores. A Department of Agriculture study in 2006 found that eating fast food twice or more per week increased the risk of obesity in children. Children who ate fast food that frequently gained an additional six pounds per year, on the average, compared to those who ate it less frequently or not at all. Among all Americans, obesity has increased from 1 in 8 people in 1991 to 1 in 5 in 2006. Obesity is linked to higher risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain forms of cancer and is estimated to cost the country upwards of $15 billion annually in health care costs and time missed from work, although these claims are somewhat controversial (see Weitz text). Obese individuals face greater
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course SOCI 3100 taught by Professor Grant during the Spring '11 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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Fastfoodsp11 - Ethical Issue Fast Food Outlets and Obesity The issue of obesity has been in the news a great deal recently with First Lady Michelle

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