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Charlie Domnisch ENG 102 Ronald McDonald’s Chokehold On America The obesity rate in America is on a steady climb. Between the 1960’s and today, obesity rates have nearly tripled. At the present rate it is estimated that by 2015, seventy five percent of America will be overweight while forty one percent will be obese. Obesity has become the number one health threat facing Americans. America is home to the most obese people in the world. Several factors contribute to this obesity epidemic. One factor stands out however and that is the fast food industry. The fast food industry has taken off in the last thirty years, and with that so has the obesity epidemic. Americans are simply eating less healthy. They are giving into the cheap, easy alternative of the fast food industry. Fast food restaurants have taken over American culture. About half of American adults and about one quarter of American children are obese or overweight. America has the highest obesity rate of any industrialized nation in the world. To clear things up, technically speaking a person is classified as overweight or obese based on their BMI (Body Mass Index). The body mass index is a measure of a person’s weight relative to their height. It is the most commonly used measurement when trying to asses if a person is overweight. When the calculations are done, if you have a body mass index of 18.5 you are considered underweight. With a body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9 you are considered to be of normal weight. To be classified as overweight, your BMI would be in the range of 25 to 29.5. You reach the level of obesity when your body mass index reaches 30 and up. This
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measurement can be somewhat flawed however. Because the calculations don’t take into effect if a person’s body is primarily fat or muscular, not everyone overweight is fat. By having muscle on your body, your body mass index will rise. This doesn’t take in to fact the additional six million people in the United States that are “super-obese”. This special group of people weighs a hundred pounds more than they should. Americans have gotten so fat, that we had to make another category after their all ready obese! Never has a country gotten so fat so quickly. To understand how fast food has evolved to what it is today, we must first look at its
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Konkol during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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