Fast food is a modern day phenomenon. Teenagers consume enormous amounts of fast food even though they know it's not good for them. What is the attraction? “A small study (published in Pediatrics) shows that teenagers will over eat fast food regardless of visual cues or portion size”. In other words, they can see that the amount of food they are about to eat is too much, but will still eat it. Everybody knows that eating too much fast food is unhealthy, but most teenagers don't care. They consume fast food because it is cheap, quick, delicious, and satisfying. Asking teenagers to avoid fast food is like asking them to save up for retirement. It’s just not going to happen. In a recent e-mail sent by Tara to "Diet Blog" she says "As a teenager, I can tell you the reasons I still visit places like McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut and the numerous other fast food places. Despite the fact that I’m trying to eat healthy, they're cheap, they're open late, it's packable food, and fast food places are usually more casual".
Fast food places attract children and teenagers with their marketing, fancy signs and brightly colored establishments. For instance: McDonalds, with its bright yellow "M", colorful restaurants and play areas. These marketing concepts attract people and the low prices keep them coming back. Are we really thinking of our health when we buy those burgers with fries? Perhaps if teenagers took the time to cook or make snacks at home, instead of buying fast food all the time, the majority of them would not be overweight.
Perhaps, they would make healthier food choices if the parents were more involved and more health conscious themselves.