Unhealthy Food Consumption
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.