Today's Fast Food Nation Persuasive Essay by scribbler

A discussion on the origins and implications of the fast food culture in the United States today.
# 152401 | 1,374 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 06, 2013 in Nutrition (Food) , Sociology (General)

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This paper discusses how a people's diet has always been determined by the interrelationship of social, economic and technological forces, and explores the impact of today's homogenization of commerce in once disparate regions and the wiping out of small, regionally focused, business. The paper also explains how particularly in the seventies, economic hardship called for tightened budgets, and fast food offered an alternative to more expensive, healthier, diets. The paper then details how foods like McDonald's French fry are unhealthy because they are processed and full of added flavors. The paper concludes by calling for society to return to healthy alternatives to fast food and processed food.

From the Paper:

"The last three decades have seen the rise of fast food culture in American society, with its broad range of foods sold in a broad array of venues; 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. Clearly, Fast food has become the most familiar dining experience to the American consumer. In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food. In 2000, they spent more than $110 billion. According to author Eric Schlosser, "Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, music and books--combined." (Schlosser)
"Historically, a people's diet has always been determined by the interrelationship of social, economic, and technological forces. For example, the early Roman Republic was fed by its citizens-farmers, whereas the Roman Empire was by its slaves. On any given day in the United States, about one-quarter of the adult population eats at a fast food restaurant. Just as in Rome, the evolution of food eating habits in the U.S. has mirrored its social environment; and so therefore, the fast growth of the fast food industry has accompanied monumental shifts in American society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Schlosser, Eric. (2001) Fast Food Nation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Cohen, Lizabeth. (2003) A Consumer's Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption. Boston: Knopf.
  • Stacel, Richard. Why You Should Stay Away from Fast Food, NaturalNews 6 January 2009.

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