Fast Food, Fat Profits: Obesity in America

Published on 30th March 2016 by

An Al Jazeera feature by Josh Rushing from 2010 which explores the obesity crisis in America, fueled by the populations penchant for high fat foods from fast food joints. More than one third of American adults are obese and one in three are expected to have diabetes by the year 2050, two out of three Americans are considered to be overweight.

The problem of obesity is particularly prevalent in African American and Hispanic communities, and one question that the documentary asks is whether poorer people have access to healthier low fat foods or whether they are effectively forced into obesity due to food deserts where fast food is the only affordable option available.

The USA isn’t the only developed country to have had an explosion in obesity of course, the 2011 documentary Fast Food Babies explored the growing obesity levels among children in the United Kingdom due to adults feeding their kids on junk food. There is a growing belief by the scientific community that the problem isn’t the fat content of food but the prevalence of processed sugars, several documentaries have explored sugar including The Truth about Sugar (2015, BBC).

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