This photograph emphasizes the common stereotype that fast food is causing obesity in American children by displaying two young boys overweight eating McDonalds.
There are two obese boys displayed in this photograph. They are eating McDonalds. The boy on the right appears to be capturing the most attention in the picture. He is wearing a shirt that reveals his body type. The shirt is low cut, and sleeveless, which shows the number of rolls on both his arms. The low cut sides of the shirt are showing the extra weight on his stomach because it is seeping through the sides. The napkin hanging over his shirt is greasy. The grease could have come from the large empty container of fries in front of him. The boy next to him is eating while trying to pick up his cup. The chances that the cup is filled with a very sugary drink is very likely, especially because McDonalds has a variety of sodas and juices that are self filled. This is allowing the boys to choose what they want to drink and whenever they want it. What they are most concerned about it eating all the food that is still left on the table. The two boys have very similar facial features and quiet possibly could be related. The brother to the right looks much older and slightly bigger. This is foreshadowing the younger boy in the future. Unfortunately, the older boy is being a very poor example of a role model.
There have been numerous studies and lawsuits that have been published on people gaining weight or being diagnosed with a health issue due to the unhealthy amount of fast food consumed. This was very common pattern especially with McDonalds. Because of the previous experiences and research that has been done on the affect this type of food causes, it is not unusual the see these obese boys consuming this unhealthy food. This most likely was not their first time eating at this type of place. As many times as McDonalds will try and improve their menus or add healthier options, there will always be the generic food choices that will attract young boys. This type of food is the happy meals that come with toys and prizes. These meals are usually fried chicken and French fries that are filled with fat. Substituting fruit instead of fries is normally an additional fee some families cannot afford. These boys do not seem happy but it is clear they are enjoying their meals. The fries and burgers are tasteful, the boys are uneducated on the affects it is causing their bodies. Educating them in schools could help instill the significant harm fast food restraints are causing.
The stereotype that fast food is causing obesity has been around for decades. In fact, fast food is causing and has caused people to become extremely overweight. It has always been known that fast food is unhealthy, but because of the low prices and accessibility, grabbing a quick meal has been the most realistic option for most families. Despite the fact fast food restraints are trying to improve the food they offer, the stereotype will continue to be prevalent in America because the obesity rate is only continuing to increase.
Stefanik, P. “Caloric Intake in Relation to Energy Output of Obese and Non-Obese Adolescent Boys.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 7 (1995) 55-62. Electronic.
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