Junk Food and Obesity: A Dilemma.

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America has always been known as the land of the free where people are given the opportunity to reach their full potential and become successful in life. However, there is another image of America that is also very well known. In comparison to other countries, America is seen as a country full of overweight individuals, junk food, and fast food chains. There are approximately forty million adults who are overweight and almost nine million children in the same situation (Fast-Food Foolishness). This image has recently been launched into the forefront of the American image by the over abundance of lawsuits that accuse junk food companies for being the reason that their consumers are obese. It is undeniable that the consumption of junk food is a cause of obesity, but it is not the only factor. Using this reasoning it would be unfair to target only the junk food manufacturers and pin the blame on these companies as being the only reason for their customers' obesity.

"After [lawyers] successfully hit up the tobacco industry for billions, trial lawyers started looking for an even juicier target. Now they think they've found it in McDonald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and other fast-food providers" (Fast-Food Foolishness). The landmark court decisions against major tobacco companies resulted in billions of dollars in damages and major restrictions on cigarette advertising (Berlau 12). The losses that the Big Tobacco companies suffered in those court cases sets a precedent for future cases along the same lines. Lawyers predicted that alcohol and junk food would be the next targets; they could not be more correct. This decision set the tone for a tidal wave of lawsuits attacking junk food providers and the health effects of their products. However, many of these cases have very weak arguments against...