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Would you Like Fries with That Kirk Nugent 4-14-01 Would you like fries with that asks a Mcdonalds employee to an obviously overweight man And of course he excepts the offer of those mouth watering fries and neither of them think twice about the addition of calories or the obvious health risks Unfortunately this scene is a common one through out America where obesity is starting to look more like an epidemic than a simple will power problem Obesity is ravishing our country especially the lower classes yet nothing seems to be done about it It seems that becoming obese is a normal response to the American environment currently one fifth of all Americans are obese with no downward trend in sight Obesity isnt being taken very seriously by the American public or by the authorities If were arent careful obesity could cost more than Aids or any other epidemic in the history of the world Strangely enough obesity seems to be more of a class issue than other epidemics Studies have shown that low income families are more obese than the wealthier class That seems puzzling because how can the poor get money to eat more than the rich Thats simple They arent getting more money or more food just unhealthy food for less money Mcdonalds value meals cost less than an hours worth of work at a minimum wage job Most of the poorer people live in cities because it is easier to find affordable housing there than anywhere else Likewise 1 out of 4 Mcdonalds hamburgers are sold to inner city consumers Along with this startling fact is the issue of child obesity Between the ages of 5 and 11 the rate for girls is 27 for boys 23 By fourth grade the rate for girls peaks at 32 while boys top out at 43 These are the rates for Mexican American children who predominantly live
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