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Misplaced Blame: Fast Food and Obesity

Updated on December 30, 2014

Pointing Fingers at Everyone Else

While not all individuals are guilty of doing so, many people tend to blame their issues on others. For example, the article, “McDonald's Blamed for Making Teens Fat” shows how a child who ate McDonald’s every day for fifteen years became overweight and had numerous health problems. The article, found on http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=129992&page=1, goes on to explain that the lawyer that was handling the case against McDonald’s found that due to McDonald’s marketing strategy, the mother and child indeed had a strong case.

Yes, it is true, McDonald’s marketing often caters to the young. Also it is true that someone that doesn’t even make their own income can easily purchase food from the fast food chain. However, who wasn’t watching where their child was going? Who was probably allowing their child to earn this money that was used to purchase such unhealthy food? Didn’t the parents notice their son constantly gaining weight? Additionally, no one forced this child to go to McDonald’s; not even the restaurant could do that. I am not saying I completely blame the parents either, however. After all, parents can’t be expected to watch their children twenty-four hours a day. So, what is my point? My point is that every business advertises, it’s how they make money and gain customers. Gregory, the child in question, was old enough to realize that burgers, fries, and milk shakes weren’t the healthiest meal of all. If he didn’t know any better, than his parents should have taught him about eating healthier.

The article also raises the issue that many parents don’t have the time to teach their children about healthy eating habits. The attorneys mentioned that the child shouldn’t take the blame for the fact that his parents were too busy to give him the lessons he needed.

Maybe this is true, maybe parents shouldn’t be blamed for being so busy. The fact of the matter is though, that good parenting includes teaching one’s children good dietary habits. Also, it is the child’s fault if he went to a place that had fattening food; I find it hard to believe that he had no idea how unhealthy eating burgers, fries, and a shake every day was. Also, even if he didn’t know how unhealthy his daily meal was and even if his parents shouldn’t be blamed for his less than healthy food choices, how is McDonald’s to blame? It is not as though the food chain came out and said that their food was exceptionally healthy. McDonald’s is going to advertise, they are going to say that their food is delicious. Now, if McDonald’s said that eating a burger, fries, and shake every day was a good idea and would make children or adults live healthy lives, now that would be a different story.

Fast food chains and other places that sell less than healthy foods are not to blame for obesity. Everyone has their own free will and it is up to them to decide what they should eat. Additionally, businesses are going to advertise.
Fast food chains and other places that sell less than healthy foods are not to blame for obesity. Everyone has their own free will and it is up to them to decide what they should eat. Additionally, businesses are going to advertise. | Source

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      Breanne Ginsburg 3 years ago

      Thanks for the comment, Jeannieinabottle. You're exactly right, McDonald's does not force people to eat their food, they merely advertise like any well put together business would.

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      Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      It is really the parents fault in this situation. I have a friend whose mother drove her to McDonald's each day after school when she was a kid and now she is obese. She blames her mom and herself for her weight, not McDonald's. They don't force anyone to eat there.

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