Fast food is popular in America. In fact, one of America’s nicknames is “fast food nation,” (“Healthy” par. 1). It is quick and only takes a short amount of time to get the food. There are so many fast food restaurants in the world. Every corner people turn, there is another McDonald’s or a popular fast food restaurant. What people do not know about this easy way of eating is how unhealthy fast food really is. Quick food does not mean nutritious food. However, many Americans debate whether fast food restaurants should be required to show the nutrition in their food.
Obesity is a big social issue in America. Due to the popularity of fast food and other unhealthy foods, more and more Americans are developing health diseases and disorders. We should be getting the correct daily nutrition amount, but because of our fast paced lifestyles we sometimes do not have enough time. Fast food restaurants make it possible to grab a meal and go. We often do not pay attention to the nutrition amount, but are simply looking for a quick bite to eat that will fulfill our hunger. Fast food is assisting in the increase of obesity in America (“Phrase” par.2).
New nutrition laws are being created to help familiarize people with the high amount of calories in fast food. California was the first state to make a law requiring the calorie count of food to be posted on the menu boards (“Judge” par. 15). On July 1, 2007, the New York City Board of Health created a new regulation which requires the calorie count of the food to be on fast food menus (“New” par. 2). The New York State Restaurant Association is currently fighting to reject this law (“Judge” par. 2). The idea of putting the amount of calories on fast food menu boards is currently spreading, with more than twenty other states wanting to adopt this law (“Subway” par. 8). In fact, over the past few years many states have either passed or attempted to pass a law similar to this. There is also a bill known as the “Cheeseburger bill,” which protects fast food chains from being sued by obese people (“Phrase” par. 1). Some obese people have been suing fast food chains to blame them for their own obesity, but the “Cheeseburger bill” prohibits this (“Phrase” par. 2).
Fast food chains are also trying to begin a trend of selling healthier and more nutritious foods. Some fast food chains now sell healthier food such as apple slices and salads (“Healthier” par. 6). Trans fat has recently been banned in some states such as New York (“Ban” par 10). It has been banned because it harms our bodies by clogging the arteries and causing many other health complications (“Ban” par.1). This means that fast food restaurants had to make adjustments to their food in order to remove the trans fat. By taking it out, it may save people from having heart attacks or other conditions in the future. Other places just require the fast food companies to add trans fat to the food labels to warn people. (“Ban” par. 6). Trans fat is the...