In the year 2002, America watched closely as Samuel Hirsch, a lawyer from the federal court of Manhattan, filed a lawsuit against McDonalds. Hirsch filed a complaint against the famous fast-food chain accusing the company of violating the state of New York consumer fraud statutes by intentionally deceiving its clients of the healthiness of their fast-food products (BBC News, 2002). However, much to Mr. Hirsch desire to extend it to a class action suit, Judge Sweet dismissed the case citing the frivolity of its reasons. According to Judge Sweet, the understanding the deep fried burger patties and French fries as something as naturally healthy is absurd (BBC News, 2002). He even stated that the state of obesity does not develop overnight implying that the health hazards of fast-food is disclosed publicly and it is to the consumer's consciousness and responsibility to take care of themselves (BBC News, 2002).
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[...] Also, Lohman (1987) suggests that it is more accurate to determine obesity in children using skinfold measure than the 2 methods mentioned previously. Causes Years of research have developed theories in hunger and eating patterns. To date, the dominant view is made by the set point theory of eating by Keesey and Powley (1975). According to the latter, the area of the brain called the hypothalamus sets our weight. They argue that this theory justifies the tendency of people who are likely to become overweight; to fall off their dietary needs (Franken, 2005). [...]
[...] In fact, Santrock (2007) stated that there is a strong linkage between obesity and environmental influences which has caused the rate of obesity in America to double in number from the year 1900. In fact, he suggests that the sudden increase in obese people is likely caused by the greater availability of food, energy saving devices and decline in physical activity. This is exemplified by the popularity of fast foods all over America and the rest of the world. Ethnicity also plays a factor in obesity showing that African Americans and Latinos are more likely to be susceptible to obesity than White Americans (Santrock, 2007). [...]
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[...] Also, a high percentage of co-morbidity in terms of obesity was seen in identical human twins having similar weights when separated from each other. Leptin, coming from the Greek word thin, is now implicated whether one would be susceptible to weight increase and eventually to obesity. Leptin is a chemical substance that is involved in satiety. A protein released from fat cells, this chemical substance decreases food intake in humans and increases energy usage upon normal functioning (Santrock, 2007). Due to this, it is considered as the anti-obesity hormone (Misra et. [...]
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