Fast Food and Exercise
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about fast food and the negative effects it has on peoples’ health. It is not just fast food restaurants, but it is about the quality of the food being served places. A wave has gone across the United States that has seen many schools remove vending machines or alter the menu for what food is served in the cafeteria. Hospitals have been another institution that have changed their menus or quit serving soft drinks. And now, there has been a push to remove fast food commercials from television because that would potentially help to cut down obesity by almost 20%.
Now, most people would question that statistic: who did the research, where did they come up with that number, how accurate is it, etc. There are a lot of questions regarding such research, and the numbers are always puzzling. It is not that this hub is advocating for fast food, but some statistics deserve to be questioned. While fast food may be part of the cause of obesity across the nation, it cannot be given the full blame.
Fast food can be tempting and people can easily succumb to it in this fast paced world. It seems convenient and can save a lot of time when looking for a quick meal. However, unhealthy eating is not entirely blamable on the fast food industry. People constantly make unhealthy choices when shopping at the store as well. It is just as easy to go to a supermarket and purchase premade foods that are packed full of preservatives or buy other snack food that probably isn’t a healthy choice.
So while what people put in their bodies is definitely a part of it, there is an even bigger component. There seems to be a great amount of apathy when it comes to exercise. In this technology laden world, physical activity has decreased. When was the last time you drove down the street and saw a group of kids playing a game of pick-up basketball or football in a park? Occurrences such as that are becoming fewer and fewer. You would have a better chance of seeing a group of kids with controllers in their hands huddled around a television and game system.
People no longer rely on as much physical exercise for entertainment. Now, entertainment can fit in the palm of your hand. Whether it be a smartphone or a gaming system, people have succumb to this sort of entertainment. People are addicted to video games and other technology based items that require no physical exertion. It used to be common to see kids playing basketball at the local park or playing a game of backyard football. These types of activities have dwindled as technology has become more and more prevalent.
So what does it really all come down to? Obviously, fast food is not the healthiest choice, but at the same time, banning commercials for it is frivolous. The lack of physical activity and exercise is just as much of a problem. It all truly comes down to personal responsibility with what people choose to eat and if they choose to exercise.