The simple act of eating has become one of the world’s biggest issues. According to the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, approximately 16 percent of adolescents are obese in the United States when in the 1960’s it was only four percent.
Adolescent obesity became a problem for adolescents when fast food restaurants, unhealthy school lunches, vending machines, and poor parent examples became the only nutritional choices children and teenagers.
Adolescents have a bigger appetite during adolescence which creates a real passion for food. Many schools have decided to cater to fast food companies and let their students have easy access to unhealthy food, making obesity in adolescents a common problem.
Furthermore, fast food is also inexpensive. Most menu items offer a full meal for under ten dollars. It is easy to see why fast food is so popular these days—it is convenient and addictive. The physical health of adolescents is in danger when unhealthy food is so easily accessible.
A recent survey was taken at 345 high schools all around the United
States asking them what they sell, how much they make and how much money is spent on each
product. The results showed that all schools said fast food
makes up 70 percent of all food sales. Small wonder that childhood and adolescent obesity are on the rise with a marked decrease in health.