Analysis Of Fast Food

2012 Words 9 Pages
We need to talk about fast food. America is fat. In fact, I have a friend who is fat. She is not just fat, she is obese. However, she did not realize she was obese until just last year. My friend had known that she was overweight, but her entire life changed last fall at her yearly check up. As her doctor walked into the clinic, she knew something was wrong the second she saw his face. He sat her down and gave her some of her test results. Her entire life changed as he dropped the dreaded “O” word. Obese. The diagnosis “obese”, is something no one ever wants to hear. My friend got this way because she eats fast food for her breakfast, her morning snack, her lunch, her afternoon snack, her dinner, and her midnight snack. She is simply addicted …show more content…
Advertising draws in a lot of business in the fast food industry. More business for the fast food industry leads to more overweight, obese, and sick people. Fast food companies advertise their products in many different ways to get the attention of multiple different audiences. Fast food is advertised on television. While watching T.V. on just about any given station, fast food is advertised at least once over a commercial break. According to the Christian Science Monitor, “in 2013, McDonald’s alone spent over nine hundred and eighty-eight million dollars on television advertisements” (Hume). Studies have shown that seeing fast food advertised on T.V. creates a craving for that food. As people are seeing fast food advertised on T.V. they are beginning to get a craving for this food, and then of course they go out and buy the food they just saw advertised. The advertisements greatly affect the amount of food purchased, which affects America’s health. Fast food is also promoted on social media. While teens and adults are scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook fast food advertisements pop up on timelines multiple times a day. When kids and teens see these foods on their social media accounts they have a desire to go get these foods. Fast food is offered for lunch and breakfast at many different public schools across the nation, so if kids are sitting at lunch scrolling through Twitter and see an …show more content…
One of fast foods main targets is schools and children. According to Corporate Accountability International, “nearly 80% of Chicago schools have at least one fast food restaurant within a half-mile of the school” (Lynn). Fast foods market towards schools because children and students are viewed as easy targets in this industry. Fast foods have many ways of drawing kids in, whether it be the play tubes inside of the restaurant or the newest toy in a McDonald’s happy meal. Fast food companies have also started using a reward system for kids who get good grades or read a certain number of books. For example, at some fast food restaurants students can bring in their report card and if they have all A’s they can receive free or discounted meals. Fast food companies know that habits are formed from a young age and that if they can get kids addicted while they are young, the addiction is much harder to break once they get older. Fast food companies are putting fast food in schools for the same reason. As kids are beginning to be addicted to this type of food, they are forming lifelong eating habits that are extremely unhealthy and that will eventually be the cause of their death. Diseases and sickness will develop at a much earlier age and will cause problems for many kids because they are not getting the nutrients their bodies need to develop due to the fact that they are only consuming fast food foods. In addition, to this

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