Scarfing down Burgers Fries and Sodas:
First of all, every day a quarter of Americans scarf down burgers, fries, and sodas. This is the all-American fast food fix. Furthermore, the United States spends more on fast food than they do on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and records. Americans shelled out $110 billion on burgers and fried chicken. This was in the year 2000. Compare that to $6 billion in 1970. Consequently, the consumption of fast food is harming adults and children. Eric Schlosser is a journalist who wrote Fast Food Nation.
Boycott Fast Foods:
In addition, Fast Food Nation is out in paperback. Fast Food Nation explains how fast foods have changed the way Americans eat. You can blame fast food for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Fast food caused deaths from E-coli bacteria. Therefore, Schlosser said to boycott fast food. Boycotting fast food will make restaurants prepare healthier food. Furthermore, you take a risk with fast food consumption. People should know what they’re eating. They should know how fast food is made. Most of all spend your money at places that serve healthy food. Schlosser says nobody is forcing people to eat this stuff. Consequently, fast food places will change when customers demand changes.
People need to take Action:
Especially relevant, all you need is 2 percent of complaints. “Sales would drop in all the fast food places” Schlossberg said. The fast food companies don’t mean to hurt us. Selling fast food is good for them in the short run. Eating fast food is not good for us. Fast Food Nation first came out and McDonald’s gave a response. “His [Schlosser’s] opinion is outvoted 45 million to 1 every day. That’s how many customers choose to come to McDonald’s. “They come for our menu of variety, value and quality,” the statement said.
Happy Meals are not Healthy:
The U.S. Surgeon General is David Satcher. Consequently, Satcher issued a “call to action. Every year there are 300,000 deaths that are related to obesity. The United States is the obesity king. In addition, fast food is served in schools. Finally, Satcher is calling for the removal of fast-food from schools. As a result, fast foods are causing children to become obese. Furthermore, incorporate proper eating habits at an early age. So if you get fat when you’re young, you’ve started a lifelong battle,” Schlosser said.
Fast Foods are the cause of Obesity:
Fast foods are not the only cause of obesity. But Schlosser says fast food is one of the factors. Hence, fast food is making the United States the fattest country in the world. Therefore it’s driving up the costs of healthcare and mortality. Most noteworthy, a can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. “Fast food places entertain kids with toys and movie tie-ins,” Schlosser said. “Parents have to be more conscious of their kids.” Mom and Dad are responsible for their children. Fast food places must alter their recipes. Most of all, the United States has to take action. Fast food places must make a happy meal that’s healthy. Make the food healthy. Fast-food places spend millions advertising fatty, unsafe food.
Unsanitary Factory Conditions for Fast Foods:
Schlosser said he used to enjoy fast food hamburgers and fries. But Schlosser said he doesn’t go to fast food joints anymore. The ground meat is full of bacteria. There is another problem with fast food. Schlosser said that the industry has created an industrialized food system. The system is vulnerable to spreading pathogens. Furthermore, each day 200,000 people are sickened by food borne pathogens. These pathogens are found in ground beef. In addition, 900 people are hospitalized, and 14 die annually. The United States has to change their policies. Schlosser wrote Fast Food Nation for a reason.
Fast Foods have Infected Meat:
Consequently, fast food places serve infected meat. The meat has E. coli and pathogens. Schlosser said the meat is distributed far and wide. This happens because of industrialized production and inadequate government oversight. Schlosser says today’s food-processing methods are dangerous. As a result, the parts of many animals go into one burger. Therefore consuming the meat will increase the odds of infection. Schlosser writes about a 1996 Agriculture Department study. In addition, Schlosser found that 78.6 percent of ground beef samples contained microbes. Fecal matter spreads the microbes. The United States must clean up their processing plants. Read Fast Food Nation.
A Dangerous working Environment:
Furthermore, another problem is that fast food places hire unskilled immigrant laborers. These unskilled laborers work in unsafe conditions. And they don’t ask for improvements. In conclusion, the high demand for meat has created a dangerous working environment. The United States has slaughterhouses with high injury rates. These rates are three times higher than in typical factories, Schlosser said. Most noteworthy, Schlosser takes Nancy Reagan’s advice about drugs. Schlosser just says no to his children. His children have stopped begging for fast foods.