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Unhealthy Food Consumption

Updated on November 14, 2012

Millions and millions of people throughout the United States have been affected by unhealthy food consumption. Some people believe that unhealthy food consumption is because of our lack of concern. While other people believe that unhealthy food consumption is because of our environment. Unhealthy food consumption is due to lack of concern from the public, lack of advertisement of healthy foods, our assumptions that healthy foods are bad, the environment, and our own taste buds.

First, the lack of concern from the public leads to a higher intake of unhealthy foods. The fact that the public doesn’t acknowledge healthy foods as much as they do fast foods is one reason why. Another reason why is because there are a lot of fast food establishments constantly being built throughout the United States. Yes, there are some healthy establishments being made but there aren’t as many healthy places to eat as there are unhealthy places to eat. Also, “there isn’t much concern or complaints coming from the public because everyone loves the taste of these fast foods and the fact that you can buy food at a cheaper price than what you can buy at the healthy establishments such as Qodoba and Subway (Koebler 3).” A counterargument to this is that more and more shows on t.v. have been promoting healthier foods and the names of healthier establishments. People are more aware now of healthier foods because of people saying that it taste good, being able to sample healthier foods, the price, where they are located, etc.

Second, the lack of advertisement of healthy foods is also due to a higher intake of unhealthy foods. There aren’t as many healthy food commercials as fast food commercials because the people want to see unhealthy foods advertised. “The people in the United States are used to seeing the unhealthy foods so much that they want to continue to see unhealthy foods advertised (Science Daily 2).” Also, there has been some healthy foods advertised but there could be more healthy food advertised if the way they are presented is more appealing towards the audience. A counterargument to this would be that recently, there have been more advertisements of healthy foods on t.v., t.v. shows, on billboards, in newspaper articles, on the internet, etc.

Third, the majority of people in the United States believe that unhealthy foods taste bad and therefore we shouldn’t eat them. These assumptions lead Americans to not trying out something new and good for the body. Also, these assumptions prevent us from taking care of our bodily properly and making sure we receive the right of nutrients that we need. The bad thing about unhealthy food consumption is that we intake saturated fatty acids which is bad for us which causes an individual to gain weight. “This weight gain could possibly lead to obesity, heart disease, etc. (Guidebook 7).” A counterargument to this would be that not all unhealthy foods taste bad and people are starting to realize that they no longer taste bad due to commercials and testimonies from family members and people on t.v.

Fourth, our environment helps lead to unhealthy food consumption. Also, the decisions on choice of food that we receive from peers and friends lead to unhealthy food consumption. Their input that we should try this or that does influence whether we eat something that is unhealthy. Our family also helps to increase unhealthy food consumption. Our family dinners usually consist of meals that taste good such as fried chicken, pizza, take-out etc. Also, the amount of unhealthy food establishments in our environment can lead to an increase of obesity due to the proximity to where we live and how convenient it is to obtain it. Since, we’ve grown up with these foods and because we see our family members eating it, of course we are going to eat the foods. We don’t really mind if these foods are healthy and not, we are only worried about the taste of these foods. Since there are a lot of fast foods and we see them all over our cities in the United States that when we want something quick to eat we come up with a fast food restaurant to eat at. According to Pennsylvania, “on average, non-taster children living in healthy food environments liked more vegetables and disliked fewer vegetables than taster children living in the same environment.” This means that children that can’t taste the compound actually might like fruits and vegetables more than children that can taste that bitter compound. A counterargument is that there are more healthy establishments being built in close proximity to houses such as Chipotle and Subway. Some fast food places such as McDonalds have eliminated their super size option off of their menu and have turned to a few healthier choices by showing calories from the food you eat and offering salads, fruit, and other healthier options off of the menu.

Fifth, our own taste buds play a huge role in unhealthy food consumption. Our taste buds are so used to eating these bad foods that we don’t like the taste of anything healthy such as vegetables and fruits. According to Keller, “around 70 percent of the U.S. Caucasian population is sensitive to the taste of PROP, a bitter-tasting compound similar to those found in cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and broccoli (Pennsylvania 1).” This means, “If you are unable to taste this compound, 6-n-propylthiouracil, then you have fewer taste buds meaning you are more prone to be obese (Pennsylvania 1).” The more taste buds you have, the more you will like the taste of fruits and vegetables. Also, everyone’s taste buds are different and unique and I feel that healthy foods can be made a certain way to appease people who don’t like to eat them such as vegetables and fruits. When someone doesn’t like a particular vegetable or fruit that they will not eat it. The vegetable or fruit can be served or made differently in order to suit an individual who doesn’t like the raw taste or chemical compound found in fruits and veggies. On the other hand, my counterargument would be that despite being a non-taster that doesn’t necessarily mean that someone will automatically be obese. A non-taster can still like fruits and vegetables or any other healthy food that gives the body the nutrition that it needs. An individual being more prone to obesity depends on the establishments that surround them or maybe even their own personal choice on what they want to eat and when they want to eat it.

In conclusion, unhealthy food consumption is causing many problems throughout the United States. “Unhealthy food is leading to obesity, heart disease, heart attacks, cancer, diabetes, etc. (Science Daily 3).” Unhealthy food consumption should be made a huge issue in the United States, otherwise, the fate of our future might turn out bad, Overall, unhealthy food consumption is due to lack of concern from the public, lack of advertisement of healthy foods, our assumptions healthy foods taste bad, the environment, and our own taste buds.


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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @LongTimeMother im glad that you found my hub interesting and thanks for commenting

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Torrilyn. I just stopped by to read this very interesting hub of yours. Perhaps when you have time you might edit it to separate the text into individual capsules with titles, so that more people can find it when they search. I hope more people get a chance to read it and think about the important points you raise.

      Hope you are well. :)

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @AuFait thanks for your comment it was very enlightening.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Convenience foods and fast foods are quick and easy, cheap and satisfying. Few people have the time to look into what is healthy much less buy it and take it home to cook it. Talking about the millions of people who have 2 or more jobs and kids to take care of too.

      Then there is heredity. If your genetics dictate that your eyes will be brown, then your eyes WILL be brown. Has anyone figured out a way to successfully oppose heredity yet? No. If your genes say your eyes are going to be brown, then they will be brown. If your genetics say you will turn the smell, or even just the thought of food into excess weight, then that's what will happen.

      You can spend your entire life fighting your genetics, eating foods you hate, starving yourself, exercising 8 hours a day, wringing your hands and hating yourself and especially your body, and still not measure up to all the people who love to criticize anyone who isn't reed thin.

      Research is starting to turn the corner on this frenzy to be the most anorexic human on the planet. Dieting and health foods are big business whether or not they make anyone thinner or happier.

      Trying to eat healthful food always makes sense, but going to extremes as some people must in order to satisfy the esthetic preferences of in many cases, complete strangers, is crazy. Life shouldn't be a constant struggle just because your neighbor has been programmed to hate fat.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @DDE yeah i agree with you unfortunately i am one of those junk food eaters i use to eat healthier foods i noticed when i did my mood changed and i felt amazing i think one day i shall switch back ti healthy foods and leave the fast food alone for good

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An eye-opener here thanks for the well researched information, it amazes me of how most people can eat such junk food.

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @Om Paramapoonya yes thank you and yeah i left out portion control by accident but i really do think unhealthy food consumption is a huge issue in America and should be addressed accordingly. It causes a lot of problems such as higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Great points! I agree with everything you said. One thing I'd like to add is that portion control is also very important. For example, having a couple sugar cookies or a little scoop of fatty ice-cream after a healthy meal is probably okay. A lot of people, however, just don't know how to eat their sweets in moderation. They would either snack on sugary treats all day long or consume a bucketload of them in one sitting.

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      @rasta1 that is true as well. I thank you for your feedback.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Unhealthy foods also releases dopamine in the brain and is integrated into the brains reward mechanism. This is easy to accomplish with excess sugar, salt and msg.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very good and useful write. We need to switch over to eating healthy foods if we want to enjoy a healthier life. Voted up, useful.

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      thank you

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      Mary Merriment 5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      I agree with a lot of this. In our home, we have moved to a more natural, non-processed, non-meat way of eating. But my husband has had more difficulties with this transition, because he loves the things that contain high fructose corn syrup and similar type additives. His taste buds have become accustomed to believing that without this, the food doesn't taste good. Unfortunately, you can find this type of additives in nearly all processed and fast foods. It's actually more difficult to avoid than to get. Very good points in your hub. Talking about healthy vs unhealthy foods can really get me going. :o)