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In Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser it discusses the bad eating habits and the unhealthy foods that cook behind the grill. This informative book shows not only what goes on in America, but also what happens behind the counter in other countries. It discusses the health issues involved, the way commercials shape the way people eat and how time constraints "force" us to eat fast food. Eric Scholosser also talks about how customers of these notorious fast food franchises rarely consider where this food came from, how it was made, what the side effects are.
Who's the blame for Jason Villacampa waistline? Jason was a 19 year old student from San Francisco who stands five feet, six inches and weighed a "fatty" 255 pounds. That is a good 80-100 pounds too much. A lot of obese men like Jason, 20 million to be exact, blame themselves. These obese people blame their genes for the problem. But Jason wasn't so sure. Yes, he admits he ate large amounts of unhealthy food, but he points out that he had many partners in crime. Just like every other mom in America, his mother told him to finish everything on his plate. Just as Jason's mother said, "Think of the starving children." Unfortunately, over the years the plates he cleaned grew bigger as restaurants and restaurants increased portion sizes. Little did Jason nor his family know or notice that his waist line increased along with the increased proportions. They were all taken in by the quick, cheap, and tasty fast food that the fast food industries sold.
Then there were the TV commercials that led Jason's that led Jason to a long love affair with fast food, which started when his uncle gave free food to him after school. Alas while McDonald's jolly ads told Jason he deserved a "break today", and little did Jason know that it was bad for him. According to Dr. Michael Jacobson, the author of Restaurant Confidential, each time Jason ate a number one, a Big Mac, super size fries, and a large coke, Jason was getting 1,150 calories and 65 grams of fat. That's more than half the calories-and nearly all the fat-you need in a single day. And Jason's family, who were almost everyday fast food customers, didn't realize that they were damaging their health and their lives, until a love one passed away.
Jason's father died of a heart attack, for he suffered a cardiovascular disease from high amount of fat and cholesterol in his system. Jason's father was a truck driver who would work until five in the morning, so only fast food franchises such as Jack in the Box and McDonalds were open. Jason's father the his average of four to five servings of French fries a week, for he didn't feel as if he needed to bring a "dull" sandwich with him. After that tragic incident, Jason now has his weight under control. He joined a fitness club and watches his calories and fat. But the task wasn't easy, for Jason went through the threat of heart disease, diabetes, and a premature life. And for this, he's not just mad at himself, he is also mad at the fast food franchises that sold him the unhealthy food that he wasn't even warned about. Jason said sadly, "I was taken in by these horrible images. I had an accomplice." Like Jason, millions of Americans are victims of the fast food industry's "secrets" behind their food.
In a society known for its time constraints, even eating is measured carefully against other priorities. Fast foods make the desk or the car seem like a dinning room. Many of us are late for work, so we detour on the way to work through the drive-in window for a quickly served value meal. We spend lunch hours working or shopping or doing an errand. We are on the run, waiting at the stoplight, or back at the office. When we get home from all these distractions, from football practice to working overtimes, fast food restaurants allow us to eat quickly without planning, without dressing up, without having to make many decisions, and without getting out of the car. For the hurried and over worked, it is an eat and run at reasonable prices.
Advertisements are big parts to fast food franchises success. The fast food restaurants such as McDonald's and Burger King target all shapes and sizes. They target young kids with happy meals, they entice teenagers with athletes, like Shaquille O'neal, and they strike adults with fast drive-thru services. As Brownwell, the director of Yale University's center on eating and weight disorders stated, "The food industry spends $30 million a year on advertising-with 70 percent of it pitching convenience foods, candy soda, alcohol, and desserts" (Nestle 41). Brownwell also stated, "Junk food is easier to find than healthy food, for it is advertised more" (Nestle 41). For only two percent promotes healthy stuff like fruits and vegetables. When I drove to Los Angeles with my family, all I saw were fast food after fast food restaurants. And they were heavily advertised through out the billboards. The billb
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