Fast Food Paper Final Edition2

Fast Food Paper Final Edition2 - English 102 Professor...

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English 102 Professor Wooley Suspending and Expelling the Fast Food Industry Although the number-one fast food restaurant, McDonald’s, says it would like to be seen as a “trusted friend” (Schlosser 50), fast food is full of unneeded fats and calories, lacking vitamins and nutrients, and its companies take advantage of customers. This industry began honestly, gained popularity, and now, “Hundreds of millions of people buy fast food everyday without giving it much thought, unaware of the subtle and not so subtle ramifications of their purchases” (Schlosser 10). Further, it unethically persuades children into buying its damaging products. This corporation aids childhood obesity and advertises in schools; because of fast food, American cafeterias along with the government commonly ignore nutrition and aim for cheap, minimal preparation of food. Small fast food chains developed into the corporate giant they are today, they are targeting, and in a sense sickening children. Fast foods’ advertisements for youth to chronically consume their products even encroaches upon a child’s education, but informed and concerned citizens are advocating for healthier standards in schools, and making a big impact. In the exposé Fast Food Nation , the author Eric Schlosser explains that fast food started as a small honest business, but morphed into a corporate monster. In the beginning, fast food was, “A fulfillment of the American dream” (Schlosser 13), and described as, “An industry that began with a handful of modest hot dog and hamburger stands in southern California” (Schlosser 3). Influenced by drive-ins, fast food began as a cheap and convenient alternative to cooking at home or waiting for food at sit-down restaurants. Today’s companies barely resemble their roots. Schlosser writes, “One of the ironies of
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America’s fast food industry is that a business so dedicated to conformity was founded by iconoclasts and self-made men, by entrepreneurs willing to defy conventional opinion… They worked hard, took risks, and followed their own paths” (6). The creators did not intend their original ideas to mutilate into factories of technology, chemical engineering, and deceit, rather than restaurants. One can find fast food almost everywhere, it is an extremely profitable business despite that the food is more synthetic than it has ever been. One can find it, “At restaurants, and drive-throughs, at stadiums, airports, zoos, high schools, elementary schools, and universities, on cruise ships, trains, and airplanes, at K-Marts, Wal-Marts, gas stations, and even at hospital cafeterias” (Schlosser 3). These are places people pass by or go to daily, making fast food highly available. Because of the plethora of locations, people purchase more frequently from these restaurants than before, “In 1970, Americans spent about 6 billion on fast food; in 2001, they spent more than $110 billion” (Schlosser 3). This is a more than eighteen percent increase in only three decades. The fast food industry fools its customers with its products’ tastes.
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENGL 201 taught by Professor Wooley during the Spring '08 term at St. Mary MD.

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