"Hundreds of millions of people buy fast food every day without giving it much thought, unaware of the subtle and not so subtle ramifications of their purchase" (Pg. 10). The widespread phenomenon of fast food consumption has transformed even the simplest aspects of everyday life. An era when eating out was rare and saved for special occasions is coming to an end, and is quickly being replaced with a sky-rocketing demand for fast food. Over time, the fast food industry has increasingly manipulated consumers and corrupted the stability of the nation, and although the convenience and affordability of fast food has made it widely popular, the disadvantages noticeably exceed the benefits.
It is more expensive for men and women who are obese to take care of themselves health wise and financially because Americans are now consuming fifty pounds more meat and fast food than in years before (“Obesity in America, By the Numbers: NPR”). Americans now spend sixty dollars more on fast foods because they are always on the go and spend little time worried about in healthier in order to quickly get back to other activities. They are more likely to spend money that can be used on more important things on food from the vending machine at work and to upgrade to the large meal. Being healthy doesn’t have to be expensive if a person allows time to research where to get the best products for a reasonable price and does not just settle at one store on things they know they do not want in the first place as a substitute. The local farmers market always has the great fruit and vegetable options that can fit everyone’s budget and still make a delicious meal (“Obesity in America, By the Numbers: NPR”).
He brings up a lot of arguments and points in his book and one he uses is Logos to better his points. One specifically he uses is his point on how the fast food industry is the largest group by far that employs low wage workers. He says no skill required and I really like this “The annual turnover rate in the fast food industry is about 300 to 400 percent. The typical fast food worker quits or is fired every 3 to 4 months” (90). Schlosser betters his argument with the use of strong facts and gives the points strength.
The Fast Food Industry is responsible for obesity in America as they have many fast food restaurants typically many within a small radius providing cheap easy solutions to societies hunger. David Zinczenko, a writer for The New York Times, describes marketing powers in his assessment "Don't Blame the Eater" he states that just about all fast food restaurants falsely advertise their foods and pass to many as a "healthy" meal choice but little do people know is that they are still extremely unhealthy foods that should not be included in anybody's diet what so ever. There has been many varieties of marketing techniques developed over the years of the fast food industry's attempts to persuade others to eat at their establishments. The fact that the foods they are extremely unhealthy for people of all ages from kids to adults is helping to cause obesity throughout America although some may be aware of the risks the average American still continues to eat out at fast food establishments along with the family giving the fast food industry a chance to get the entire family hooked for life. Going to fast food restaurants to prove his theory about how horrible fast food restaurants are for the human body.
During the pick days the restaurant is unable to accommodate all the customers do to the limited sitting capacity. * Food is the major source of revenue, 70% of all sells, 25% wine and liquor, 5% dessert and coffees. * Average customer spends around 40 dollars and this number is down from 50 dollars in last two years due to economy slow down. * 30% of customers are returning on regular basis, the 70% are tourist and business travelers from hotel across the street. * Most of the customers come from middle class, with no specific age group, or race, they value good, freshly made food as main reason for coming back, as well as fair price and good service.
Local business were losing their customers to the corporate businesses and being put out of business. Fast food is affecting our culture, education, and our health. Eric Schlosser talks about how fast food restaurants play a more important role in the American obesity epidemic than people realize. In the year 2000 Americans spent over $110 billion on fast food alone. Americans are spending more on fast food than higher education, computers, and new cars.
McDonald's molded it's marketing tactics on Disney which inspired icons for advertising such as Ronald McDonald. Schlosser also mentions that 80% of sponsored textbooks are biased toward the sponsor and 30% of high schools offer fast food in their cafeterias. Most packaging done for the fast food meat industry is done my the immigrant labor force. Injury for workers who hold these jobs are among the highest of any other occupation in the United States. Many unsanitary and just plain disgusting routine procedures of this industry are unknown to most consumers.
The author analyses many aspects of this industry, from the inhumane treatment of the cattle in their feedlots to the overworked and underpaid employees at fast food restaurants. I believe that the fast food industry has used its political influence as a way of circumventing issues of health and working conditions, while greatly increasing profits and expansion. Although part of the industry's functions is to sell their products, I think the consumers play a large role in their profits to keep these restaurants in business. During a brief period of time, the fast food industry has helped transform not only the American diet, but also our countryside, economy, workforce, and popular culture. One of the parts of the American culture that are affected by the fast food industry, the idea of raising our children comes to mind.
American food culture America is known as the fast food country due to its fast food habits. America spends more money on fast food and on education, new cars and computer software. 200 million All-Americans visit fast food restaurants weekly; nearly 90% of American children visit McDonald’s every month. The most popular American fast food products are hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and French fries. Because of fast food a lot of people are unhealthy, obese, and use mass production to feed everyone.
Explain the causes for the popularity of fast food restaurants Many people, particularly young people, prefer to eat fast food instead of cooking meals at home. Most people nowadays depend on fast food restaurants in their daily life. There are many reasons for the popularity of fast food restaurants. The three main reasons are: fast food is convenient, it tastes delicious, and it is inexpensive. First of all, fast food restaurants are popular because they are convenient for our active in modern day lives.