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Fast Food Transforming American Society
Fast food has grown to be a big part of American Society. According to Eric Schlosser, “Over the past few decades, fast food has infiltrated every nook and cranny of American Society” (3). In a sense, his statement about fast food is not too exaggerated. Today, we see fast food all over America, whether it is through television advertisements, billboards, and magazines. America has grown to be the number one fast food country in the world. The increase of fast food has resulted in good business for the fast food industry: “In 2000 Americans spent about $110 billion on fast food compared to $6 billion in 1970” (Schlosser). Why are Americans spending huge amounts of money on fast food? How has the fast food industry grown to become a huge influence on American society? Seyhan Sipahi states, “Recent global economical crisis…had a crippling effect on almost all financial sectors in many countries. Surprisingly, the fast food industry had not be adversely affected…” What is keeping the fast food industry alive? Could it be that more families are turning to fast food because recent economic crisis? The fast food industry has grown to be more efficient than when it first started. Making food selling more convenient, fast and for a cheap price has attracted customers. There are multiple ways the fast food industry has transformed American society and what it is to live in America.

In this generation, more mothers are in the workforce than there were in the past. Since “Women's labor force participation is significantly higher today than it was in the 1970s, particularly among women with children” (Labor Force Participation of Women and Mothers, 2008, The Editor's Desk) ever since then the rate has been going up. Now that both parents are away from home working it makes it harder for them to make home cooked meals. Due to the lack of home cooked meals, many Americans families have turned to fast food. According to Schlosser,...