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Food Industry and Obesity

What is the food industry, who belongs in it, and how does it influence Americans' eating habits? To what extent, if any, is the food industry responsible for the obesity epidemic? Don't you think that consumers are exclusively responsible for this problem?

The manufacturers/producers, seller, and consumers/buyers belong in the food industry. It influences americans buy eating/buying their products with ther ads and stuff.. esp. the fast food industry. it makes the food look so good, etc... targets children esp. Consumers are partly responsible because it's their personal individual choice to eat/purchase it or not. Can you elaborate on this. Thanks.

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1. What is the food industry, who belongs in it, and how does it influence Americans' eating habits?

The Food Industry could include the customers, but I think that is a bit deceiving.

However, in the broadest sense, the manufacturers/producers, seller, and consumers/buyers belong in the food industry. Others argue that the Food Industry is anyone who sells food as a commodity for profit.

See the article attached for both sides of this argument (Food Industry versus health) the discussion of how it influences American's eating habits ("Food Industry..."). A brief overview points out many of the ways the Food Industry influences American's eating habits:

Overview:

 -- Researchers writing in this week's British Medical Journal suggest the obesity epidemic can benefit from lessons learned in fighting tobacco.
 According to South African and American scientists, many of the tactics used by the food industry to defend current marketing practices are similar to those used by cigarette companies in years past to defend their products.
 Specifically, food companies are increasingly relying on misinformation, conflicting evidence, and the suppression of negative data.
 The food industry suggests there's nothing wrong with individual foods, blaming obesity on bad diets instead.
 The food industry says food isn't really the problem -- it's lack of exercise that's making people fat.
 The food industry is supplying conflicting evidence about the roles of sugars and various forms of fat in causing weight gain.
 While noting it will be more ...

Solution Summary

In terms of the obesity epidemic, this solution describes the food industry, who belongs in it and how it influences Americans' eating habits. Supplemented with two article discussing aspects of the food industry, eating habits and who is responsible.

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