Create a 5 pages page paper that discusses unhealthy eating in america. Statistics reveal that about 66% of the American population is unhealthy and qualify to be either overweight or obese. In the 1970s, obesity rates were minimal. However, the rates of obesity have increased immensely in the recent past. This has caused concern for medical practitioners and family health specialists. America transformed into a fast food nation with a remarkable increase in fast food restaurants in America. In the 1970s, there were only about 70,000 fast food restaurants. In 2002, the number of fast food restaurants had tripled. Current statistics reveal that the number of such restaurants has only increased to higher numbers in the recent past (“Fast Food And Junk Food: An Encyclopedia Of What We Love To Eat” 166). Statistics indicate that each American eats at least one fast food meal on a daily basis.
With a busy schedule exhibited by many Americans either at work, driving or at school, fast food restaurants are becoming highly convenient for many Americans. Although nutritionists have been advising Americans on the appropriate healthy eating patterns, especially regarding fruits and vegetables, it appears that only a small percentage of the Americans register the required amounts of fruits and vegetables. Without doubt, many Americans do not abide by the dietary guidelines for Americans designed by nutritionists highlighting the required number of calories for different individuals. According to these guidelines, a healthy diet should comprise of more fruits, vegetables, fat-free milk products, lean meats, fish, beans, eggs, nuts, and poultry. Moreover, it should have low levels of saturated fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and minimal salt. It should comprise of unsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy. Evidently, the average diet of the Americans does not meet these requirements (“Fast-Food Nation” 29). This explains why the levels of obesity and overweight cases have increased immensely.