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McDonald’s is not to blame for obesity

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As it is just a bushiness, McDonald’s is not making your child obese.

Many people blame fast food restaurants for the recent spike in obesity. While yes, fast food is far from healthy,  it’s conscious decision for you to go there and pay for their food.

When a child says “I want to go to McDonald’s,” the parent doesn’t have to immediately comply. They can simply say “no.” You are taking your child to McDonald’s, they’e not making you come. When you decide to take your child there, that is when it becomes your fault.

Another thing to keep in mind is McDonald’s and other fast food chain are businesses. Business means they are trying to make money. So when people complain that salad is more expensive than a cheeseburger, it’s because McDonald’s isn’t a $27 billion dollar company selling health food they are selling burgers. According to The Fiscal Times, “McDonald’s sells more than 75 hamburgers every second.” With that many burgers sold all over the world, you can tell majority of people are going to McDonalds for a burger instead of a salad.  You can go some some other place to get a salad. You don’t go to fast food restaurants for high class foods.

Is it bad McDonald’s just wants to make money instead of serving healthy food? Yes, it absolutely is. However, that’s what we expect from a company, specifically this one.  When we take our kids there we shouldn’t expect to buy them a salad. That’s why we should take them to a healthy place if that’s what we expect. The Fiscal Times also noted”McDonald’s feeds 68 million people per day, that’s about 1 percent of the world’s population.” With McDonalds feeding that many people per day, people must know how many calories they are consuming and simply do not care.

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Now, I can understand why people are up in arms. Yes, it is true a burger cost more than a salad, so financially, it’d be smarter to just buy the burger. Fast food places should encourage people to eat healthier by making salads cheaper. Perhaps have healthier choices on their menu.

They can also have more warnings about their food. As of right now, they never really warn about how horrible the food is for you. In their commercials, they’re almost marketed as health food. This isn’t just McDonald’s either. It’s places like Wendy’s, Burger King, White Castle, and so many more places.

Here’s the deal, McDonald’s and other fast food places are awful for you. However, they’re not to blame for your health. If you know it’s bad for you, why would you make the conscious decision of going there in the first place?

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Kurt Jackson
Kurt Jackson, Fall Reporter
Kurt Jackson is a junior in Colonia High School. He likes to write, act, and play baseball.  He also enjoys music, his favorite band being Living Colour. Jackson is also a movie snob, watching a movie whenever he gets the chance. According to him the best movie ever made was Citizen Kane but his favorite movie is Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Another hobby of Jackson is comic books. Recently he has been reading The Walking Dead series and Nightwing (2015). After graduating high school he plans to pursue a degree in theater arts and law to hopefully become an actor or lawyer.

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