Analysis Of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation

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Did you know that about 280,000 people die annually due to being overweight? Most people don’t know how eating unhealthy can cause major difficulties in their later years. Eric Schlosser is an investigative journalists, who wrote the nonfiction book called “Fast Food Nation”. The book is about the global and local influences the United States’ fast food industries have. Although some may argue that the corporations should led a reform of the US food system, overall, the government should take responsibility because history supports their ability to improve corporate corruption and they should be more concerned about improving public health. Admittedly, the corporations should be more responsible in their production, and think of the consequences …show more content…
In chapter 9 “What’s in the Meat” of Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation”, he addresses many health issues and laws that were passed in order to help make the fast food industry more successful. In Schlosser’s nonfiction book “Fast Food Nation” he acknowledged, “Roosevelt called for legislation requiring mandatory federal inspection of all meat sold through interstate commerce, accurate labeling and dating of canned meat products, and a fee-based regulatory system that made meatpackers pay the costs of their own industry” (Schlosser 205). President Roosevelt showed his authority when he read a book that made him look at the meat packing industry differently. Causing him to make a change with the corporations and passing a law for industries to be more responsible over their products. Now the companies have to take responsibility over what they produce and how it affects their consumers. Roosevelt showed that the US does care about their citizens and made companies show their respect for their consumers for at least having their meat packing companies inspected and having their products labeled for the consumer to be aware of what he/she is eating. The government has enough power to make an impact in America and help with the health of America. The government has shown what it can …show more content…
Public health in the US is very critical because we are one of the most unhealthy country in the world. In chapter 10 of Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation” he talks about how we in the US are at an all time high for being unhealthy due to unhealthy food in the US. In Schlosser’s nonfiction book “Fast Food Nation” he claims, “Obesity is now second only to smoking as a cause of mortality in the United States. The CDC estimates that about 280,000 Americans die every year as a direct result of being overweight (Schlosser 241). Obesity is number two for having causes of deaths in the United States. The obesity rates are this high due to unhealthy eating. Most fast food companies are very unhealthy and can have a bad impact to the consumers which is why many people oppose eating from these restaurants. Fast food companies are helping with the obesity of America and could be said that they are helping kill off Americans. The government should be concerned about this statistic and should put a foot down to help America’s health. Today the United States is dependable on migrant workers as workforce for these big industries. In chapter 7 “Cogs in the Great Machine” of Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation” he talks about how about one-quarter of all meatpacking workers in Iowa and Nebraska are illegal immigrants. In Schlosser’s nonfiction book “Fast Food Nation” he states “Today, the United States, for the first time in

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