Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation

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I can remember driving down the road with my parents, when I was young and saw a McDonald’s sign in big, bright yellow letters. I asked them if we could go to McDonald’s. My parents are very health conscious, and in order to convey their values, they frequently said “No”. I didn’t understand why until I got older. Fast food is one of leading causes of obesity and is very prevalent in America. Most people don’t even think twice about what their eating until recently. Eric Schlosser is an investigative journalist who brought to light the horrors of fast food in his book “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.” Many Americans love fast food and it has become an everyday staple, but the term “fast food nation” is taking it a little far because society as a whole has made strives to change their eating habits for the better. Fast food was first introduced into America in the late 1940’s…show more content…
Companies only care about making profits and passing out products quickly. They do not care about quality or about the safety of the workers. If the working conditions are not up to par, then how is Americans going to feel about eating processed foods from this same factory. Schlosser’s book was compared to “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, Jr because of the impact, it had on society. There are many reasons why America is not a “fast food nation”. Since Schlosser’s book came out in 2001, there have been more programs and awareness to the unhealthiness of fast food. In 2010, Michelle Obama created a campaign called Let’s Move which is a program to stop childhood obesity. This program aims to create healthier food options and to promote physical activity in schools. The Let’s Move campaign brought to light an enormous problem in America which is childhood obesity and is now educating children and their families on how to eat healthier and not turn to fast

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