Essay about The Rise Of Fast Food Restaurants

971 Words Jun 24th, 2015 4 Pages
Living a Drive- Thru Lifestyle

Nothing says “American meal” like a hamburger and a coke. The rise of fast food establishments has increased dramatically in three decades. The fast food industry began with a handful of restaurants in Southern California and is now woven into every facet of our society. According to Fast Food Nation, “In 1970, Americans spent $6 billion on fast food. In 2005, they spent more than 120 billion.” (Schlosser page#) The increased popularity of fast food restaurants is influenced by the following factors: fast food is time-efficient, inexpensive, tastes good, promotes socialization, and offers a variety of choices for consumers. [Perhaps rewrite the previous sentence so it is more active and not passive… for example, “Fast food is time-efficient, inexpensive, tastes good, promotes socialization, and offers a variety of choices for consumers; these factors have influenced its popularity”] However, the rise in popularity does not come without consequences; an increased consumption of fast food has led to a dramatic rise in obesity and illnesses in both children and adults.
Eating at fast food establishments has increased because eating outside the home is very time-efficient. According to the National Labor Bureau, 60% of families have both parents working outside the home. Fast food enables these families to have more time together. Time spent gathering ingredients, finding recipes, preparing a meal, and cleaning up afterward is a time-consuming…

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