Why Do Americans Eat a Lot of Fast Food?
American Language and Culture Program
University of Idaho
Mark Bittman, in his 2011 article, “Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?” says that American people think fast food is cheaper than real food and they use this point to explain why so many of them are overweight. However, he believes that’s not true because junk food is actually more expensive than real food. The average cost of a fast food meal is around $12 per person. On the other hand, home cooked meals might cost around $10 per four people. Some people say the fast food could be cheaper if it is weighted by the calorie, but that also isn’t a way to price the food according to Bittman because the home cooked meal could have more calories by adding natural sources (paras. 1-3). Money isn’t a guide for what people eat, either. As Bittman states even poor people could have real food with a small amount of money. The author mentions, the time isn’t either because the people who drive to fast food restaurants could drive to any supermarket to buy their stuff to cook, but the fact is some people are lazy and they don’t want to cook. Also, some people don’t accept others’ advice to cook at home (paras. 5-7). The author believes that eating fast food isn’t just related to money and time, but it gets people addicted to eating it, which make it harder to stop because the fast food industry mix chemicals with it. Bittman explains those chemicals make the taste of fast food and people addicted to having them. A study in 2009 showed that eating a lot of fast food affects the brain. Also, the fast food industry leads people to eat fast food more and more because that makes people feel pleasure when they eat it (paras. 8-10). Bittman confirms there are five fast food restaurants for each supermarket in the United States. All those supermarkets increase the fresh food price by 40% and decrease soda and manufactured food by 30%...
References: Bittman, M. (2011, September 24). Is junk food really cheaper? The New York Times.
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