Fast Food Synthesis

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(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…show more content…
"What Are the Benefits of Fast Foods?" LIVESTRONG.COM. N.p., 16 Aug. 2013. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. | Fast food gets blamed for contributing to many of the United States' health problems including obesity. According to "Fast Food Nation," typical fast food fare is high in saturated fat, calories and cholesterol. While fast food often gets a bad rap in the media, it has some advantages. According to Bill Myers Online, Americans spend more money on fast food than on new cars, college education and software because fast food is so convenient. Fast food restaurants are easy to find in cities and towns across America. They offer quick meals for busy lifestyles that are so quick and convenient, you don't even have to get out of your car to get them. An article in "USA Today" points out that many fast food places aim to have customers wait less than a minute. Another advantage of fast food is that it is very inexpensive, notes MSN Money. It reveals data about how fast food sales stay consistent even in tough economic times in the United States. MSN Money ranked fast food cost-effectiveness by studying how much certain fast foods cost per calorie. The best bargains were White Castle Cheeseburger Slyders, which cost 41 cents per 100 calories and Taco Bell's Fiesta Taco Salad, which cost 48 cents per 100

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