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Fast Food Culture

August 3, 2010

The Fast Food Culture reflects the attitude to grab “food on the go” without much thought to its nutritional value. Convenience and cheap pricing are the most important criteria. The effects of the fast food culture is explored in the movie Super Size Me where the protagonist consumes McDonalds 3 times a day for 30 days and records the effects.

Bridget Murray from Monitor on Psychology states “Stop blaming people or their genes–it’s an abundance of unhealthy, heavily advertised, low-cost food that underlies the nation’s obesity crisis.” The most frightening aspect of the fast food culture is the “passive acceptance” of the multitude of burger franchises and sweets readily available at almost every petrol service station.

Even with a move to more a healthier society, the Daily Telegraph reports over 1.7 million visitors to McDonalds daily up almost half a million from 2007. McDonalds has been pushing Healthy Choice menus, however the article states that is the usual burgers and fries that still are the predominant sellers. This is a large representation of the growth of the fast food culture.

I understand the ease of simply dropping by a McDonalds rather than cooking a healthy meal and hence the populairty of fast food. However, knowing that the food is unhealthy it is the individual’s responsibility to be able balance a quick meal once in a while with regular “good” meals and regular exercise.

References :

Fast-food culture serves up super-size Americans
By BRIDGET MURRAY – Monitor Staff
December 2001, Vol 32, No. 11
Print version: page 33

Top 10 Facts about Fast Food and Culture
By MATT SHERMAN – October 23, 2008
http://www.catalogs.com/info/bestof/top-10-facts-about-fast-food-and-culture

Super Size Me :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_size_me

McDonald’s opens extra restaurants as business soars
by Brittany Stack – August 22, 2010
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/business/mcdonalds-opens-extra-restaurants-as-business-soars/story-e6frez7r-1225908322593

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