(Suggested reading time - 15 minutes)
(Suggested writing time - 40 minutes)
Directions: The following prompt is based on the accompanying seven sources.
This question requires you to synthesize a variety of sources into a coherent, well- written essay. Refer to the sources to support your position; avoid mere paraphrase or summary. Your argument should be central; the sources should support this argument.
Remember to attribute both direct and indirect citations.
Introduction: Fast food restaurants have had a huge impact in the United States for many years. But just what is this impact, and how has it affected the obesity rates in America? Should fast food restaurants be held responsible for obesity?
Assignment: Read the following sources (including any introductory information) carefully. Then, in an essay that synthesizes at least three of the sources for support, take a position that defends, challenges, or qualifies the claim that fast food restaurants are the blame for obesity in the United Sates.
You may refer to the sources by their titles (Source A, Source B, etc.) or by the descriptions in parentheses.
Source A (Best)
Source B (Frazier)
Source C (Garcia)
Source D (Health News Channel)
Source E (Murray)
Source F (Parker-Pope)
Source G (Schoenstadt)
Source ABest, Jason. "Fast-Food Industry to America: 'Obesity Epidemic? What Obesity Epidemic?'" TakePart. N.p., 7 Nov. 2013. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/11/07/fast-food-industry-gets-failing-grade-on-nutrition. |
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