America has embraced fast food. This may be part of the reason that obesity, in the United States, has risen at an epidemic rate during the past 20 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, currently one- third of the adults in the United States are considered obese. Seventeen percent of those between 2 and 19 are obese.
a. Should other countries be concerned about the influx of American fast-food chains? Why or why not?
b. What about countries that provide universal health care?
c. If a country is concerned about its citizens’ dietary changes, what actions should it take in response? Explain. For more on obesity in the United States,
A group called the Hindu Jagran Manch, or the Hindu Awakening Platform, said Valentine’s Day was an affront to Indian traditional culture and warned against Feb. 14 celebrations in the city. Many conservative segments of Indian society view the day—a celebration of romantic love—as indecent.
“Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day . . . these are all the gimmicks of multinational companies to market their products. Valentine’s Day is against the culture and ethics of Indian society,” said Vinay Tewari, a Manch leader.91