Fast Food Chain Restaurants: Lamb Ph. D.

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The words “fast food” may invoke images of delicious chicken nuggets, crisp fries, and cold milkshakes. However, Fast food may not always be the best option for the public. Furthermore, it’s not a surprise that many people feel like fast food is their only option. Many people have families and children they must provide for. Because of this, these people are forced to work up to sixty hours a week to be able to live a comfortable lifestyle. This means that many fast food chains are considered a commodity to these families that are low on time. Countless people find that fast food is the most convenient and flavorsome option for them and their kids.
Convenience is the main reason people gravitate toward fast food chain restaurants.
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Carroll, M.S.P.H., and Katherine M. Flegal Ph.D. looked at the data on American obesity between 2005 to 2008. They found there was more of a connection between convenience and fast food than the low-cost. The article states, “Of the approximately 72 and a half million adults who are obese, 41% (about 30 million) have incomes at or above 350% of the poverty level, 39% (over 28 million) have incomes between 130% and 350% of the poverty level, and 20% (almost 15 million) have incomes below 130% of the poverty level” (Ogden,, 2010). This means that statistically, people are choosing unhealthier, faster options just out of convenience. Even though many of these people are not low-income, most of them work up to 40-60 hours per week. This can seriously take a toll on families and their health. It is no secret that obesity and fast food have a strong positive correlation to one another. Furthermore, fast food chains are known …show more content…
In fact, 600 people were interviewed in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area were for the study in 2005-2006. Most of them reported to eat fast food at least three times a week. Furthermore, 69.2% stated that the reason they choose fast food is because they prefer the taste over anything else (Hitti, 2008). Many people with long-hour jobs believe that the food the fast food restaurants serve, is a tastier option than what they can make at home. Most working people believe this because they feel they do not have enough time or experience to create a good, tasty meal for their families. However, many of these people do not understand the truth behind what they are ingesting. In fact, there is an actual science to why fast food is so appetizing. For instance, “the consumer won't love the product if it has too much or too little sweetness, saltiness or fattiness. There is a "bliss point" for sugar, salt and fat, where they each taste divine, and it took the food chemists only a few years to find that "bliss point". Another part of loving hyper-palatable products is the concept of 'mouth feel'. This is what the food industry loved about trans fats — they are ridiculously easy to manipulate to give any texture you want” (Kruszelnicki, 2012). The mixtures of these ingredients cause more people to get addicted to the taste of fast food. However, that is not the only thing these

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