It this essay I intend to look at some of the arguments for and against eating fast-food.
It is undeniable that fast-food offers a lot of advantages. Firstly, it is an easy way to get tasty food without spending hours in front of a cooker. Secondly, most restaurants offer a huge variety of menus, and therefore the monotony of home-cooked meals can be easily avoided. Thirdly, fast-food is extremely cheap.
The main arguments against eating fast-food concern possible health problems. French fries, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and nuggets are well known as calorie bombs. Therefore, it is easy to assume that a diet which is based mostly on the dishes mentioned above will eventually lead to overweight and even obesity.
But the implications of fast-food are not only of medical, but also of social and economical nature. This new, unhealthy diet, gave birth to a totally new individual, the so called ³couch-potato´. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, ³a couch potato is a person who spends most of his or her free time sitting or lying on a couch. This stereotype often refers to a lazy and overweight person who watches a lot of television. Generally speaking, the term refers to a lifestyle in which children or adults don't get enough physical activity.´ The connection to fast-food lies in the fact that couch-potatoes are often seen as regular consumers of these dishes.