Critical Analysis of Fast Food Nation Essay

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Erick Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation: Dark Side of the All-American Meal presents his themes by providing intense information of the unhealthy benefits, health dangers, and greed of the fast food industry. He reveals how unhealthy their products are and argues that they are responsible for the obesity epidemic in the United States and other countries where their food is consumed. Next, he presents the dangers that the American public are exposed to when consuming their products. Schlosser also claims the fast food industry is responsible for stopping government regulatory policies on the meat processing industry by using their political lobbyist. Lastly, the writer explains how greedy and uncaring the corporations are by exposing their …show more content…
Coli and salmonella. Schlosser confirms, “In a USDA study, 78.6 percent of the ground beef contained microbes that are spread primarily by fecal material . . . Behind them lies a simple explanation for why eating a hamburger can now make you seriously ill: There is shit in the meat”(197). With the above statement the author proves to the audience how dangerous fast food products are to the public’s health. To sum up, the author offers a solution and calls the attention of government officials to pass food processing reforms and regulatory laws that will guarantee the safety of meat. The last theme the author presents is how these companies are driven by greed. For example, the strategies fast food firms use when advertising to children. Schlosser says within these companies there are child psychologist that instructs them on what type of advertising will work at different stages of child development. The goal of this advertisement is to have kids beg their parents for these products so that kids develop loyalty to these corporations for life. Schlosser says, ”The growth in children’s advertising has been driven by efforts to increase not just current, but also future consumption. Hoping that nostalgic child hood memories of a brand will lead to a lifetime of purchases, companies now plan “cradle-to-grave” advertising strategies”(43). The author explains that McDonald’s has become a very powerful corporation in our society. In

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