Cecilia Fernandez Outline February 8, Fast Food Restaurant and Obesity Thesis ment: Legal practitioners have for a long time thought that the food industry is immune to those legal actions taken against the tobacco industry. However, some also feel that, in a few years to come, diet related lawsuits will start succeeding.
A. McDonald’s, in January 2012, won a lawsuit, which that alleged that it was responsible for spreading obesity and other health related problems among two New York Teenagers (Willensky 309). Judge Robert Sweet said that the restaurant could not be held responsible for customer’s uncontrolled diet, but only if the food was of below the required standards.
B. The main aim of this essay is to establish whether fast food restaurants or individuals are responsible for the spread of obesity and its health related problems among the American teenagers. It also strives to identify when to put the blame.
1. Should fast food restaurants be blamed for obesity and its related health conditions or not?
2. It is the responsibility of each and every person to watch his or her diet.
3. Fast food restaurants can only be charged for any harm caused if the food is below the required standards.
I. First Main Point
a) Fast food restaurants operate under legal rules and policies. This implies that the health department sets food and beverage standards, which fast food restaurants must meet. If they meet these requirements, then they cannot be blamed for obesity.
b) The main aim of fast food restaurants is to satisfy their customers’ tastes and preferences. They, therefore, have to mix different flavors in order to satisfy their customers effectively, provided that they meet the set standards.
c) It is not the responsibility of the fast food restaurants to control the amount of junk food that teenagers eat. They cannot, therefore, be blame for serving teenagers with junks of food.
d) Fast food restaurants, just like other business activity, are interested in making profit. They are, therefore, allowed to sell as much food as they wish. This implies that they cannot be held responsible for selling large quantities of food.
1. The fast food industry spends billion dollars in advertising their products. These adverts manipulate teenagers who increase their spending on food. As a result, they end up consuming junks of food, which may lead to obese conditions.
2. Legal practitioners have realized that the food restaurants are increasingly changing their marketing strategies and introducing healthier products because of guilt (Willensky 309).
III. Second Main Point
1. Teenagers should be blamed for obesity. It is their responsibility to identify the type of food to eat and of what quantity.
2. Parents should be responsible for their children’s health status. They advice their children to take much of home-made food than fast foods.
1. Advertisements encourage teenagers to eat junk food
2. Parents have no time to care for their children, and prepare all meals at home.
III. Third Main Point
C. Fast food restaurants are to be blamed if their food causes problem due to low standards.
D. Teenagers are to be blamed if they fail to control their diet. Their parents should also be held responsible for failing to advice their children on the type of food to eat.
C. Restate your three main points
1. Fast food restaurant is both responsible and irresponsible for obesity.
2. Children are responsible for watching over their diets, but adverts allure them to eat junk food.
3. Food industry is held responsible for failing to meet the set standards.
B. Food industry should not be blamed for obesity and its related health conditions since it is the responsibility of all American to watch over their diets.
Willensky D. "Legal interest expands from tobacco to obesity. (News) ." Bulletin of the World Health Organization. (Apr. 2003): 309. Print