Essay about Fast Food and the Community: Does It Matter What We Eat?

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Table of Contents

Forward …………………………………………………………. 3
1. Fast Food and Obesity ………………....…..……………….… 4
2. Fast Food in America: Low Wages ……………………….… 11
3. From Waist to Waste …………………….…………………. 20
4. The Benefits of the Fast Food Industry on the Individual ….. 28
5. Building the Relationship Between Fast Food and Community
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Works Cited ……………………………………………………. 40



Forward
What are the implications of having fast food restaurants in a community? Information was collected about fast food restaurants’ contribution to communities through the lenses of obesity, wages, waste, benefits, and community relations. While there may be negatives surrounding the fast food industry, fast food restaurants do benefit the
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In about every school and on every college campus, one will see a vending machine either filled with pop and/or snacks filled with high concentrations of fat and sugar. 13 percent of our nation’s schools have a fast food franchise either directly selling their product to students or are supplying the schools with their processed foods. This is because fast food franchises give the schools money for scholarships and upgrades in return for the right to sell their product in that location.
The second reason is that fast food has even invaded our nation’s hospitals. In the UCLA Medical Center, they offer their employees and patients a full sushi bar and a full salad bar. Here in Ohio, Toledo hospitals have a contract to only sell McDonalds and The Ohio State University Medical Center has a contract with Wendy’s.
The last and most influential reason that fast food is to be blamed for our obesity problem is the impact it has in the media. Advertising for fast food companies has two problems that go along with it. One is that because of their advertising, they are showing bigger portions for cheap prices. The second reason is that they are targeting children with their ads. The average child sees 10,000 TV ads per year for fast food restaurants. This is the main reason why more than 90% of children eat fast food at least once a month. Because of these fast food ads, children begin to set their…

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