So corrupt in fact that even as it is seemingly doing the right thing, like promoting healthy foods to be served in schools for example, its wellness initiatives are frequently just marketing ploys. They are always trying to sell us something. Producers of high-selling, major market junk foods have an obligation to their company’s stockholders to maximize profits to the best of their abilities. So they encourage consumers to eat more of their company’s products, not less. Americans are unhealthy and the food industry is doing nothing to change that.
According to Pierce Hollingsworth (2004), the parents and school should not blame the food marketing for being the main cause of obesity rather than teaching and helping the kids to have good habit of eating. He thought that the responsibilities of the parents and schools were important for educating childhood obesity. However, there are so many problems with his arguments. He did not think about the bad effects of advertising on kids. For example, the food marketing companies usually uses the attractive poster about fast food to get the attention of the kids.
Charlie Dajose 22 August, 2011 AP English Fast Food Nation In the book, Fast Food Nation, the author Eric Schossler brings up several issues with the fast food society. All of these issues revolve around the idea that fast food is detrimental not just for our health, but for the economy, consumers, and producers as well. Schossler shows clearly how kids as little as three-years-old are being pushed into thinking McDonald’s is a safe and healthy place to go through the media. Through stories and statistics, Schossler shows how children are nearly being brainwashed to buy fast food. He states how the young and under-paid workers are taken advantage of and are put in danger just by going to their jobs.
The book Fast Food Nations by Eric Schlosser is written to give the viewers an understanding on where their money is heading to when they purchase fast food. The Book is separated into 2 sections, “The American Way” and “Meat and Potatoes.” The book provides a sort of historical background of the fast food industries. It also shows the dark side of the industry. Such as unsafe and unsanitized slaughterhouses with zero respect to the employees. He provides factual evidence to back up this information.
Imposing higher taxes on junk food will not encourage healthy eating. Taxes don’t stop people from buying things that satisfy them. By restricting dietary choices Americans will not suddenly know the difference between junk food and health food. The government cannot appropriately regulate and restrict improper consumption in people’s homes; they need to keep their hands out of Americans pockets and start fighting obesity through educating adults and their children on proper nutritional routines. Imposing a junk food tax draws attention to one of the most imperative questions which is how to define foods as unhealthy.
They all end up in the same ruling that its the consumers choice to enter a fast food establishment and consume their products. But it is evident that fast food corporations have caused a widespread epidemic within the U.S from their many caused negative effects. This is why society blames and accuses these fast food companies for being responsible for the ongoing obesity crisis, but even though their food is not considered of good nutrition, in the end it’s not fast food companies forcing their customers to consume their products, its free will of society. The modern history of fast food in America began on July 7, 1912 with the opening of a fast food restaurant called the Automat in New York. The Automat was a cafeteria with its prepared foods behind small glass windows and coin-operated slots.
Judith reminds us in her essay” you can’t change specific eating behavior without addressing that way of life-without changing our culture of freely chosen expression of the American Way. This argument I agree with, because people of different cultures and ethnicity eat different food. Some food is more fattening and greasy then other foods; however people will eat what they want, for that is one of the points Warner makes. Overall the author talked about the positive influence Michelle Obama is attempting to do, by encouraging families and children to eat and healthy and exercise. In addition to trying to create a healthier America, Mrs. Obama is reaching out to communities and youth in an attempt to change America’s bad eating habits for a better future.
Even with healthier choices, one cannot be aware of exactly what is in the food cooked in restaurants, while families can opt out of the drive-through and go in to sit and eat together at fast-food establishments it isn't as intimate and the time is rushed, low-cost options on fast food menus cost more than cooking a family meal at home. Pollan writes, “The fact is that not cooking may well be deleterious to our health, and there is reason to believe that the outsourcing of food preparation to corporations and 16-year-olds has already taken a toll on our physical and psychological wellbeing” (106). This essay will prove that eating fast-food threatens physical health, weakens the family, and is costly. Physical health is influenced directly by our meal choices. Choosing to order a healthier meal option at a restaurant is not equal to a home cooked meal made with fresh foods.
Cooper emphasizes that the diets choices presented to children is extremely unhealthy and stresses that if parents continue to ignore the dangerous health-issues, it may affect the child’s well-being for life. Through several documentary techniques such as: anecdotal evidence, expert accounts/interviews and repetition of key words, Cooper follows the three families on their journey back on the nutritional track and continuously highlights that the intake of fast food meals are unhealthy for growing children . However, under closer examination and analysis of the documentary, it can be seen that many factors were silenced - especially the fast food companies - through the art of careful editing, which is proof that documentaries cannot be relied on to provide the whole truth. Cooper uses frightening and somewhat bizarre anecdotal evidence show sympathy and pity towards the parents, and also how vulnerable and careless parents are in their attempts to provide for the child’s needs and wants. There's 19-month-old Michael for example, who contracted meningitis as a baby.
This concept, called fast food, may help people to get their food faster and cheaper, but it also introduces many other problems. In this playful depiction of Ronald McDonald rocking with kids, McDonald's uses their manipulative clown mascot to grab the attention of hungry children, in turn, putting the youth in the driver’s seat to a fast and turbulent track to obesity. Fast food has advanced so much over the past fifty years. It has become a massive conglomerate and a staple for the world population. The problem with this operation is, in order to attract enough customers, the final product must be affordable and yet, still delicious.