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From Big Mac to Big Fat

            When driving down any American street, it seems that the sides of the road are lined with bright LED signs advertising burgers dripping in rich, high calorie sauces and fries covered in greasy goodness. Each sign represents a different fast food chain, such as McDonalds, Burger King, or Hardees that states they have the best tasting food for the lowest price. With mouths salivating at the thought of biting into a tasty burger, the human mind seems to beg the driver to stop for a convenient meal. For people living in nations suffering from food shortages, this depiction of the average American street seems like a miniature version of heaven on earth; however, these easy to access restaurants have taken a toll on the population, because as stated by the American Heart and Stroke Association more than thirty-five percent of U.S. adults are obese. With weight on the rise, the number of health risks related to obesity is exponentially rising. David Zinczenko says, "Don't blame the eater"; nonetheless, his statement and argument is based on false information. Yes, fast food corporations advertise their low priced meals in ways that seem irresistible, but Americans are not being forced to indulge in these high calorie foods. Unlike Zinczenko's statement, the only one who can be blamed for the excess weight they are carrying is themselves, because people are born with will power that allows them to choose whether they want fast food or a healthy alternative. In America, large fast food corporations may seem to be the ones to blame; however, they do provide the nutritional facts about the foods they offer online and in restaurants, also it is not impossible to find healthy alternatives compared to the regular fast food choices. .
             To begin, before indulging on a juicy double cheeseburger with large fries and a Coca Cola, any citizen with access to the internet can obtain the nutritional facts about their meal before ordering it; however, even if internet access is out of their reach the consumer could simply look at the menu and at least locate the amount of calories in their meal.

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