Obesity has been an ongoing problem in the US for some time now. This is largely in part due to fast food restaurants such as McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's and many others. This problem is also a combination of people over eating and not being active. I would like to point out that there is a difference between being overweight and being obese. Being overweight could mean that you are in shape and muscular but your height to body weight ratio does not meet the requirements. Being obese means that you are more than just overweight.
Now it is understandable that if you are in a rush these fast food chains can be extremely convenient but, there are still people in this country who eat here at least 3 or 4 times a week. Instead of stopping at a McDonald's or Burger King, try packing your lunch a few days out of the week or bring a snack with you for the ride into or home from work. If people knew how many calories were in a small fry or in a burger then I'm willing to bet that a lot more people would start bringing their own lunch to work more often. Below is a hyperlink to the McDonald's USA Nutrition Facts for Popular Menu Items.
This is my own personal way to solve obesity as far as fast food chains are concerned.
First and probably most important, eliminate drive thrus. Drive throughs are the most convenient way for customers to get their food. If you have ever been inside a McDonald's then you have probably seen a screen that counts up. That is the time that it is taking the workers to get the food out to the customers in the drive thru. The typical target time for a drive thru customer to get their food is about 90 seconds. So if we eliminate dirve thrus then it will force people to walk in and get their food which will more than likely decrease the number of people who visit these places.
Second, the size of the doors to these places should be cut in half. That way if you can not fit through the door then you are not allowed into the restaurant. If a person is not allowed into the store and there are no drive thrus for them, they will be forced to eat healthier foods at home and maybe it will give them a kick in the ass to lose some weight.
Now for the people who are obese because they are over eating at home and are too lazy to get out and do some sort of exercise. There is no excuse for being too lazy to get out and at least walk around your neighborhood for 10 or 15 minutes a few times a week. If need be you can go out with a friend and make it a daily thing that you do. Just the other day I attended a lecture which had research that showed over the past twenty years the United States has increased its Adult obesity percentage by nearly 50%. As well as its childhood obesity by about 25-30%. This shows that we are passing these bad traits onto our children. Instead of letting you children play video games for four hours a day get them involved in some sort of sport. We can not let the futures of our chilren hang in the balance because people are too lazy to get out and exercise a little.
So again I say PUT THE FORK DOWN!!!