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Fast Food Nation

  • Date Submitted: 10/10/2010 05:20 PM
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Fast Food Nation
So much has already been said about Fast Food and its negative impact on Americans that you might fail to understand why Eric Schlosser would choose to write a whole book in the subject. Don’t we already know enough? After reading the book, however the answers surprisingly turns out to be an emphatic, no. Indeed we know very little about the real fast food industry and the way it carries out is operations. True it adds to obesity problem in the country but do we really know the truth about those French fries that have been criticized widely for their fat content. Eric Schlosser proves that had we known everything that the book brings forth, we would have turned against this industry a long time back. It is our failure to do so shows that we are quite ignorant of the reality. For this reason, I have picked up the most important bits of information from the book to highlight Eric Schlosser’s thesis and his argument against the Fast Food industry.
The experience of going into a fast food restaurant and buying those fries and burgers has become so usual and mundane that most Americans now take it for granted. It appears as if the chains were part of the American landscape since its inception. However the truth is that Fast Food industry was established after the WWII (Schlosser 15). It began in the form of small roadside stands of hamburgers in Southern California. From there, it rose to become of the most profitable industries of the world.
It is almost shocking to know that American spends billions of dollars on food that is not even healthy. The fast food industry today attracts $110 billion every year from its loyal consumers. The number has risen sharply since 1970 when the total spending on fast food came to $6 billion. 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, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music –...

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