Fast Food Mania
What ever happened to a home cooked meal? Dinner time in a household was once special and food was prepared by people who actually cared about what they served. About a generation ago, more than half of the meals consumed were prepared at home. Today, a majority of the meals we eat are prepared by strangers who could care less about our health as long as they receive a paycheck. Our fast paced society no longer values the simple things of the past and the food that we eat today is just the tip of the iceberg. I found my mind wondering today as I researched this topic. Despite my opposition, a craving for a McDonald’s cheeseburger gripped my senses and would not let go. Fast food is like a drug and it is all around us. Unfortunately, most of us are addicts and do not even realize it. In Fast Food Nation: The True Cost of America’s Diet (1998), Eric Schlosser reports that “Americans now spend more money on fast food than they do on higher education, personal computers, software or new cars” (3). Despite the obscene amount of cash Americans spend on fast- food, it is our bodies and economy that ultimately end up paying the price.
Obesity and diabetes in adults and children is prevalent in the United States today, thanks in part to fast- food. Fast- food is cheap, tasty, convenient, and loaded with saturated fat and calories. Unfortunately, minorities are usually hit the hardest and many do not have access to adequate health care. Children are the primary target of fast-food chains, specifically McDonald’s. Billions of dollars are spent by McDonald’s marketing to children in hopes of shaping their eating habits. “A survey of American schoolchildren found that ninety-six percent could indentify Ronald McDonald. The only fictional character with a higher degree of recognition was Santa Clause” (Schlosser 3).
High-fat, high-sugar foods are widely available, taste good and cost less than healthier foods. Not only are...