Ourcontemporary society is marred by all-day chaotic schedules, withlittle time reserved for taking hold of something to eat. The littletime an individual has for breakfast, lunch or dinner, is inevitablyspent on passing by a fast food restaurant, like McDonald’s, foreither a quick junk food take away or a hasty sit-in diningexperience. A diverse and rich food resource atmosphere providesindividuals a greater opening for them to draw decisions that upholdthe concept of healthy living. However, an environment where thesources of nutrition are limited to convenience stores, cornergroceries and fast food restaurants it is difficult for people tosustain their efforts of eating a healthy diet because fast foodjoints limit them to junk food. Several studies have shown that mosturban towns are flooded with fast food joints whereas there arecountable healthy food outlets (Scherer, 2015). Therefore, this meansthat fast food restaurants in urban areas are less likely to meetdietary recommendations in human beings, although some argue thatthey do more good than harm.
Asan outcome of the current progression of the “fast food culture”,negative dietary effects have been induced as a result of theinadequate dietary provision from the meals served in fast foodeateries. As Lee (n.d) notes, fast food bistros have become theprincipal driving force behind the international epidemic ofdiet-related health concerns. Studies have shown that dishes servedat fast food restaurants are high in calorie, fat and sodium content(Scherer, 2015). These elements, when consumed in large quantities,often occasion a variation of health issues. In 2004, a studypublished that eating in excess of twice a week at a fast food eateryis connected to weight addition and obesity. Likewise, in 2009,California researchers noted that residing in the vicinity of a fastfood bistro is connected to a 6.7% bigger hazard of becoming obese(Grossman, Tekin & Wada, 2015).
Scherer(2015) perceptively points out that in 2004 a study noted thatconsuming fast food products doubles the probabilities of anindividual’s predisposition to insulin resistance, whichintensifies the hazard of type II diabetes development. The number offolks suffering from diabetes has almost tripled since the 80’s,from 156 million to almost 400 million in 2011, according toGrossman, Tekin and Wada, (2015). In 2005, as Scherer reports, astudy printed by the “CanadianJournal of Public Health”found that states with amplified number of fast food joints are 3times more probable to have tremendously elevated numbers of coronaryproblems. This study, as Grossman, Tekin and Wada (2015) continue toclarify, established that for each 15% growth in the number of fastfood joints in a state, its residents are 2.39% more probable to passon from a cardiovascular disease (Lee, n.d). These data imply onething if nothing is done sooner, the epidemic will get amplified.
Itis an undeniable fact that all the people suffering from fast foodrestaurant initiated cardiovascular, obesity and diabetes problemsare suffering from preventable diseases. If regulative measures wereto be presented, then the bereavements and millions of dollars usedin managing these “derivative” diseases would be saved (Scherer,2015). Consequently, I firmly back the inauguration of possiblesolutions to the ill-effects of the upsurge in fast food culture. Itis gloomy to notice that most fast food restaurants are aroundinstitutions like colleges and universities. This, according to Lee(n.d), has accounted for the increasing number of obese kids in theUnited States. Thus, as a resolution, I propose that the government,in conjunction with the Health docket, should implement constrictedregulation on fast food advertising to kids.
Second,I propose the regulation of the density of fast food restaurantswithin a particular section. Since the number of fast food relatedhealth issues is swelling due to the accessibility of fast foodrestaurants, limiting their density will have a direct effect insignificantly diminishing the number of patients suffering from fastfood restaurant initiated diseases. For instance, introducing aregulation stipulating how far one fast food joint should be fromanother one places a limit on the density of fast food restaurantsthat should co-exist in a locality. To protect the health of thefuture generation, I propose the controlled density of fast foodrestaurants around schools, colleges and universities. A text bookexample is the Westwood Village Plan, clearly stipulating the densityof fast food restaurants that should be established in the vicinityof University of California through spacing requirements (Lee, n.d).Therefore, controlling the density of fast food restaurants willsignificantly reduce the population’s access to the junk served atfast food outlets, thereby sinking the number of fatalities.
Third,I propose the government’s regulation on the basis of a healthymenu criterion. The government should approve a regulation requiringrestaurants to provide healthy dietary options in order for them toacquire a business permit. Since most fast food restaurants servefoods rich in fat, sodium and calories, regulation against theserving of foods high in these elements will domesticate the fastfood industry. By prompting fast food restaurants into serving ahealthy menu, the residents of a location are guaranteed a mix offood that is safe and nutritious. Unlike the unhealthy food elementsinitially consumed, a healthy menu criterion regulation will see toit that people who frequent fast food restaurants are notpre-disposed to the development of terminal diseases like obesity anddiabetes, emanating from the consumption of unhealthy foods. Allthese achieved, I trust that all the health ill-effects brought aboutby the upsurge of the fast food culture will be kept at arm’slengths.
Grossman,M., Tekin, E., & Wada, R. (2015). Fast-Food RestaurantAdvertising on Television and Its Influence on Youth BodyComposition. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
Scherer,L. S. (2015). Fastfood(2nd ed., Vol. 3). Detroit, MI: Greenhaven Press.
Lee.M. (n.d.). Statistics of Health Risks From Eating Fast Food.Retrieved March 14, 2016, fromhttp://healthyeating.sfgate.com/statistics-health-risks-eating-fast-food-3290.html