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We have all had our guilty moments when it comes to fast food, whether it be choosing fast food over a home-cooked meal or stopping at a fast-food restaurant while on a road trip rather than finding a much more nutritious meal. When we consistently choose fast food over much healthier nutritious food, we are putting our health in jeopardy. According to Laura Dawes’s book Childhood Obesity in America, ‘Fully 80 to 85 percent of overweight children would grow up to become overweight adults’. This is taking an extreme toll on a child’s emotional health ‘Fat children are the victims of continuous teasing, which in some is apt to initiate a feeling of inferiority resulting in serious behavior problems.’ Dawes also knows, ‘The fat child is not a happy child.’. While children are getting bigger by the minute, parents are not taking the right approach to resolve the child’s issues, which leads us to the invention of Fat Camp. According to Childhood Obesity in America, the first fat camp was Camp Seascape in Brewster, Cape Cod. Although most obese kids do not go to weight loss camps by choice, it is forced on them by their parents which can significantly hurt a child’s feelings. These camps were designed by pediatricians whose expertise was in nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight.

Think about your childhood, did you ever eat a Happy Meal from McDonald, or see a commercial of Ronald McDonald playing with kids and feeding them hamburgers? All fast-food companies are marketing their goods to kids in sneaky ways. Have you ever had a happy meal? Chances are you have or your children have. Happy Meals usually come in a small cardboard box. They include either a hamburger, cheeseburger, or a four-piece chicken Mcnugget, a small container of fries, apple slices, and a drink of either milk, water, or soda. An article from USA Today said, ‘McDonald’s is the largest distributor of toys in the world, and by far.’

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Nevertheless, there is one secret ingredient to the success of the Happy Meal, the toys. Although the Happy Meals are not the only thing, Mcdonalds has to lure in kids and teens. One of McDonald’s marketing techniques is to offer free breakfast to kids on the first day of school or a standardized testing day. McDonald’s also has a fundraiser for schools called McTeacher Night, where the teacher will work the registers in a McDonald’s and take orders from their students. In the book Fast Food Nation, written by Eric Schlosser, there are many marketing techniques used by McDonald’s and other Fast food chains. Unlike some chains like Chick-fil-A, customer service is not as crucial to the McDonald’s corporation as nostalgia is. Mcdonald’s is trying to wrap in the millennials who have fond memories of going to Mcdonald’s as kids.

As the obesity epidemic in America becomes, larger many people suffer from constant discrimination about their bodies. Fortunately, one organization is shedding light on overweight and obese bodies. The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance or NAAFA for short is making every Man, Woman, and child celebrate their bodies and improve their self-esteem no matter their size. Founded in 1969 by Bill Fabrey, the NAAFA’s mission is ‘To eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and support.’ Anyone can join the NAAFA. They have to fill out an application and pay a fee of $15.00 for a regular membership and $50.00 for a supporting membership. Many doctors will tell obese and overweight people to go on diets to lose weight, but one woman, Dr. Linda Bacon, disagrees. In her book, Health at Every Size, Bacon argues that anyone can be healthy regardless of their weight as long as they are eating the right foods and getting enough physical activity. Bacon’s book functions somewhat like a self-help guide. It features quizzes on what you’re eating and how that could affect your health. Bacon also takes the time to explain the difference between good fat and bad fat and gives professional insight into many common myths we may hear from doctors or other people.

In conclusion, many Americans are obese, and childhood obesity has dramatically gone up in the last century. However, many corporate chains are to blame, and people are trying to make shed light on the situation of obesity by explaining how to be healthy without being extremely thin. Many weight loss camps now are meant to teach proper nutrition and not to be extreme exercise camps.

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