Fast Food Nation: The Spread Of Obesity In The United States

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Fast Food Craze Fast food restaurants today are either kiosks or recognizable quick service restaurants. Franchise operations such as McDonalds and Wendy’s have generated restaurant chains that offer standardized meals across the globe. Because of their affordability and popularity, fast food restaurants and drive-through outlets are popular. Also known as “sit-ins” and “upscale kiosks”, these restaurants cater to extremely busy adults by creating a distinct ambiance in which people feel comfortable. Very affordable, they may seem attractive to anyone hoping to save time and money, but ultimately fast foods slow us down. Fast-restaurants offer too many easy calories and unhealthful ingredients that contribute to the problem of obesity in the United States. Therefore, the question is: to what extent have fast food restaurants changed Americas eating habits? Eric Schlosser, an investigative journalist, points out the impact of fast food on health and food production around the world in a book called Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal explores the effects of the spread of…show more content…
In the article “Roadside Restaurants in the Automobile Age” by John A. Keith, he says, “McDonald’s targets children through advertising, toy promotions, playgrounds, and contracts with school districts they can influence the tastes and preferences of this most impressionable growth market.” Creations such as the “happy-meal” and Ronald McDonald make people nostalgic for McDonalds because they remember it from their youth. Alternatively, some people argue that food corporations are not responsible for obesity in the United States. For example, if a business provides adequate information about its food products, it is obvious then they have fulfilled their ethical obligation. Consequently, consumers are less likely to seek restitution through

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