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Is fast food responsible for our nations youth being overweight?

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Fast food, soda, but worst of all sitting on the couch all day playing video games.

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You just offended, so many gamers
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Hahaha ;p
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Yup, I'm fully expecting a landslide of pimply-faced, greasy-haired kids flipping out on me about that! :-) haha
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MCdONALDS!!! IT WILL CURSE YOU

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The food itself is, but you can't hold the company responsible. They are guided by a profit motive. The responsiblity ultimately lies with the decision maker aka; the consumer. The are responsible for their condition, otherwise it is just "passing the buck!"

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Exactly! Yet somehow people take McD's to court saying "It's your fault that my kid is so fat!"
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Thanks T!
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It isn't just laziness or bad diet. You can also inherit conditions from your parents that make it easier to gain weight and harder to lose. Thyroid is hereditary, diabetes is believed to be hereditary, and so isn't a simply low metabolism.

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NO. kids don't think about calories when they eat Mcdonalds. it's the parents fault!!

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NO ... the food is not responsible. Neither are the companies.

The ONLY responsibility rests on the parents.
They are the ones who allow their kids to eat unhealthy, or to excess ... and let them lead a sedentary lifestyle, rather than exercising.

It doesn't matter how much McDonalds (or whomever) spends on advertising ... or how much the kid asks for junk food ... it is ultimately the parents' responsibility to ensure their child eats properly. Too many parents resort to junk food because it's quick, easy, and to "shut the kid up".

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Sad but true.
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Fast food has been around for decades without kids becoming obese. No, not at all! (in answer to your question) What IS responsible is children, teens, being far less active in daily lives and lazy parents that no longer take time to cook.

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Also a big issue i believe is that more and more parents are on foodstamps, whether by choice or by circumstance, and when you have a limited amount of $ for food you tend to make it stretch by buying the cheapest you can. Unfortunately in America the cheapest foods we have available are often the most unhealthy. A bag of apples is almost twice the price of a bag of potato chips. That's a shame.

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Some news crew actually did a study ... in either OR or WA, because it was on the local news ... and found it was cheaper to buy a week's worth of healthy food, than a week's worth of junk food.

They also said part of that is because junk food makes you crave even more ... so you eat more junk food than healthy food. EG: eating potato chips triggers a craving for more salty food, so you eat more potato chips. (Which may be why Pringles says: "Nobody can eat just one" lol)
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No it's the parents fault.

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It's not the food industry as much as it is a lazy society. The fast food industry provides choices and makes it easy to get .. There are still grocery stores, farmers markets, etc that sell the better quality foods. It is still up the the general population to make a choice of what food to purchase.

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The food itself, but the company didn't do anything but advertise and serve. It's mostly the people's fault. They don't have to go to the restaurant and buy unhealthy food and drinks. They choose to.

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Part of the problem but not the complete cause. (Fast food companies work very smartly & very scientifically into seducing us to try their foods. It's their job & they do it very well. The only way to avoid their strategies is to not buy into it.) Sedentary activities & lack of outdoor excercise also contributes. Also, too few families sit down together to enjoy a healthy meal, anymore. Half of America (self included sometimes) parks themselves in front of the TV w/a quick junky snack, instead. And too many parents let their kids throw what they like in the grocery cart, instead of choosing healthy food for their children. Usu. to avoid arguments & public scenes. I say, leave the kids home when you grocery shop, if you can. As long as you're paying for the food, you get to choose what goes in the cart. If your kids want sugar sweetened cereals, tell them OK - but they have to pay for it out their allowance. Often, suddenly, Cheerios are not so bad, lol. (Well, worth a shot, right?)

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Lack of education is the biggest problem. Food has changed dramatically over the last 100 years but the general knowledge of how it affects us has not been desiminated. Our species has evolved to break down and extract specific nutrients from our environment. This balance has been altered by the introduction of processed foods. Exactly what changes have been made and how those changes affect our bodies is actually reasonably well understood. But few people have been sufficiently educated on the facts. It benefits the companies if people stay ignorant because that is how they make money. It benefits government because they don't have to (or want to) spend money funding another scholastic topic. So as you can see, ignorance is bliss.

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I think, we as a society, know the evils of fast foods and the additives including 'fillers' and chemical pestisides and herbicides that alter the quality of our foods .. I believe we are a society are acutely aware of it. People don't go to fast food restaurants for the quality .. they go for the convenience.

The problem stems from laziness .. but, having said that .. we also have fallen victim to the side effects of commerce and making more money from the industry. Even food has become a 'science'. We are scientifically altering our food source.. right down to the basic molecular level.

"Real" meat for instance is cultured by using growth hormones, antibiotics, and even the food the animals are feed are to 'engineer' the meat to produce more meat and less bone in the animals we farm for food.

Crops are routinely sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, picked, boxed and put on your grocers shelves for direct consumption.

Our processed food products are filled with crap fillers and even preservatives to prolong shelf life ... THIS is what we eat!

We ALL know this goes on .. yet so many still support the McDonald's, The Burger Kings, The KFC's etc of the world. They are multimillion dollar business BECAUSE people STiLL buy their products, even knowing full well that it's killing them.
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No the parents are, if they cooked at home more and didn't let McDonalds provide the diet then maybe the youth would be fine.

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No, eating excessive amounts of it is.
No one is forcing you to eat it. Add the fat, sugar, salt, and high carbs to sedentary lifestyle and you get...fat.

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