Do health issues with fast food even matter?
There are plenty of people consuming junk food right now well aware of what's in it and what it will do to their health and body. I think a lot of people forget this. Some people completely bypass the health issues with fast food and just eat it.
So why do they do it? They like the fast food. Sometimes they like the junk food more than they care about their health.
Two major reasons for health issues not stopping people from buying fast food are chemicals and the environment.
There are Chemicals put in the food to make sure you come back to eat more, chemicals that are highly addictive. One example of this is high fructose corn syrup, which isn't only put in sugary foods, but actually many foods you wouldn't even think of!
The Second issue is environment.
By environment, I mean the environment some of these businesses create within their business. For example, not to pick on only them, but McDonalds has play places for children, televisions (in some) for adults, and large seating areas.
The McDonalds in my area actually compares to a restaurant. It has fancy lighting and very comfortable seats and so on.
Additionally, for some, taking the kids out to eat is the only family time they can actually get. It's the only environment where there is a lack of stress (sans dietary/chemical). I can really sympathize with this although it's on the sad side. I believe anyone can recreate their life to the point where they are able to provide a positive and nourishing environment for not only themselves, but also those they care about.
The point I am trying to make is that junk food isn't only about the taste of the food. There are many underlying reasons for why you or someone else eats it.
The solution is simple.
These companies are just satisfying the demand. As long as the American people and the people of this world demand fast food, it will be served. But if you take a stand, and demand healthy food, and demand that they improve their business, their service, they must.
The number one goal of a corporation is to make a profit. If the demand is for healthy food, it will be satisfied.