Fast Food Nation Summary

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Fast Food Nation Book Review Eric Schlosser, in his book Fast Food Nation, goes behind the scenes to investigate the processes behind growing and producing food, selling it to the fast food restaurants, and the consumption of that food among millions of people. His goal in writing this book is to inform the audience what happens behind the counters of chain restaurants and how the industry has developed and produced a homogeneous society, affecting the ways we live and eat and fueling high obesity rates both stateside and internationally. California, the home of some of the largest food chains, was an important economic region in the west after WWII. The car-based communities had brought in new people and new ideas that took part in the…show more content…
With such convenience in purchasing a cheap meal just down the road, fast food restaurants took part in changing how people live and eat. The food product designs of the menu items sold at chain restaurants are indubitably unhealthy. Deep-fried potatoes and burgers are high in calories, fat, and sodium. Customers who eat fast food persistently will gain weight and face long-term and immediate threats to their health, which can have heavy effects on their life. The number of chain restaurants built corresponds to the obesity epidemic that happens around the world, and curing obesity is a difficult task. A major theme discussed in Fast Food Nation is diet, nutrition, and food safety. The McDonald 's corporation, founded by the McDonald brothers in San Bernadino, California and franchised by Ray Kroc in the 1960s, had developed a new system of food production with their new and improved “speedee service system”, machines designed to mass produce food, eliminate the need for skilled short order cooks, lower the costs of menu items, and increase the volume of sales. Along with the speedee service system, McDonald’s had begun purchasing beef from a number of meatpacking plants such as ConAgra, IBP, and…show more content…
Although I already practice healthy eating habits, Schlosser provides more reasons to not eat fast food when he discusses the processes that go through slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants. The treatment of the livestock, the working conditions for the employees, and the health risks that take place are unbelievable yet true, and I do not support these aspects of the fast food industry. The advertising targeted at children is deceiving and I do understand the benefits the companies have when using this method of advertising, but it can lead to greed and lower the quality of the products being sold. I admire the businessmen’s dreams and successes of becoming widely recognized for their products, but now that I have read the book and noticed what my eyes hadn’t seen before, chain restaurants have had a much larger impact on our world than I had originally

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