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The origins of fast food reside in San Bernardino, California. On April 15, 1945, the need for a waitress that runs to your car was over. Two brothers named Maurice and Richard McDonald successfully founded their own restaurant named McDonalds. Their goal was to give a fast and pleasant experience to the customer. So, the two brothers came up with a system to deliver the food within seconds of the customer buying it. The, “speedy service system,” was in full gear at McDonalds. Line cooks grilled the mouthwatering cheeseburgers with various patties at one time. Meanwhile, team members decorated the patty with American cheese, two pickles, ketchup, and mustard. While the rest of the team wraps the completed burger and slides it down the burger slide and the cashiers give the customers their food for only 0.19$. (Napoli paragraphs 1–10). Families loved how fast their meal came and soon enough. McDonalds was in every state in the U.S. Many other fast food restaurants began to open, and fast food soon rose to a global industry.
Cooperation’s were growing to be so successful that they could not control the making of the food process. Instead of the restaurant taking care of everything, franchises used a distribution network. Using this network had many pros and cons, all the supplies such as the food, utensils, and wrapping papers were all secured at a central location. The franchises now have easier access to the supplies that they are going to sell. However, that calls for a higher demand in food supply, due to the distribution all coming from one area. Now the companies need to produce more food in a shorter amount of time. In doing so the food quality became a major concern to the U.S. The obesity rates skyrocketed, and lots of citizens were affected in their physical health. Fast food leaves a negative dent to our society, but it also plays a positive role with the convenience, low cost, the U.S. economy, and the new options that the fast food restaurants are offering.
One of fast foods most negative effects on our society is the poor food quality that corporations use. Most of the food is processed and is made in a meat packing plant. But it’s not just the processed food that makes fast food negative, it’s the way that the food is made. The chicken, beef, and the eggs are fed genetically modified corn and are soy fed until their death. They are often abused and packed into tight places with the other animals that will get slaughtered. They never see a true day in their life because they are born being packed in the dark and dirty cages. Not to mention all the manure that is surrounding them. When it is time for their death, they are taken to a meat packing plant. The cows are either beaten or shot by an electric stun. Then they are hung upside down taken through a machine that completely slaughterers the cow. Once all the cows are slaughtered and they have all the meet. (Jacquez paragraphs 4-6). Other companies buy the meat and make patties. Then they package the patties in boxed and sell them to the fast food chain that purchases them.
Then the patties are put in the distribution network where they are packaged and sent to millions of fast food restaurants around the world. The food quality is horrendous all the way from the start of when the cows are even born. The industrial scale facilities that raise the animals give them drugs that will prevent disease that spreads through crowded and unsanitary conditions. Some meat packing industries use penicillin on the cows or various antibiotics. So, when ordering a Big Mac from McDonalds, the customer also gets a dose of the antibiotic that the animals had. The penicillin mixing with the food that the animals are eating makes the animals grow much faster. An excess amount of fat makes the cows look old enough to be slaughtered. But the cow’s meat was mixed with fat that is made up of GMOs and antibiotics. When people consume that meat, it leads to them getting sick.
In the upcoming year of 2020, the Centers for Disease and Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 76 percent of the American population is going to be overweight. With 36 percent of adults being obese and roughly 20 percent of people under the age of 19 years old will be obese. Relating to the poor food quality, the food is contained with an excess amount of sugars, fats, sodium and carbs. ( Newman paragraphs 1-11). The human body should daily consume 2,000 calories to their diet. An average meal at McDonalds is 500-1000 calories, which is almost half of the average human’s diet. The food also contains less minerals and vitamins that the body needs to function. The convenience of fast food is also linked to the obesity rates.
There are millions of fast food restaurants in the world. The chances of driving down the street and seeing a giant sign with a recognizable franchise is very high in recent years. Now more recently, citizens can use their phones and have food delivered to them for a slightly higher cost. App’s like Uber Eats and Favor give people the option to not have to get up off the couch to get their food. All they need to do is open the app, choose a place, and order your food. Once the person arrives, they take the food and everything is done through the app. But lots of people want a cheaper option to get food with a large portion. McDonalds average price is $5 to $10, which cost significantly less than eating healthier cooking your own ingredients. Many sources associate obesity to younger children, due to fast food targeting children. It’s easier to satisfy a child buying them a delicious meal for cheap. But their young growing bodies are directly affected to the fattening ingredients. One cheeseburger is 300 calories, but it has 1050 mg of sodium and 22 grams of fat. The horrible ingredients affect a young child’s health. When they eat too much fast food, they will get over weight, but then they are addicted to fast food and want to eat more of it.
Eating too much fast food will eventually affect personal health and can be seriously fatal. 45 percent of Americas budget is spent in a drive thru. But all the poisoning meals affect the body in many ways. Some people experience a common headache when eating too much. When putting all those calories in the body, weight gain is directly impacted. Some people experience bloating when the body retains water from the large amounts of sodium found in a meal. Even more fatal is the risk of heart disease and a stroke when the blood pressure is too high from the cholesterol. Some cases experience dental distress because of how much sugar is in the food. The carbs and sugar create an acid that causes dental cavities. Eating too much fast food can also affect people psychologically. The risk of mental distraught is three times higher when the average human consumes three or more meals of fast food a week. In the worst cases people increase the risk for depression if they consume more than nine meals a week.
The University of Minnesota School of Public Health conducted research and investigations on how fast food related to diabetes. There experiment concluded in mind boggling statistics. Eating fast food three times a week increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 27 percent and the risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent. Even worse if a person eats fast food more than five times a week the risk for coronary heart disease increases to 80 percent.
Fast food grew to a global phenomenon because of how much the people loved the convenience and the low cost of the food. The average meal ranges from $5 to $7, when an average at home cooked meal ranges from $10 to $15. To many, it is much easier to drive to the local fast food restaurant and get their bag of food within two minutes of being there. Not having to step out of their car and put on presentable clothes, instead they can drive in their pajamas and slippers. Rather than staying home and cooking everything on their own that could take longer. Some people probably don’t have the amount of money that they need to pay for home cooked meals every night. The quick transportation for a fast meal is a less economically demanding on the income of someone who is financially struggling. Franchises target low income areas to put their restaurants near, so they can get more customers. The University of North Caroline at Chapill Hill conducted research on where the most fast food locations are located in relation to income. Experiments proved that higher income areas generated the least amount of money to the franchise. While the low-income areas got the most money.
The fast food industry is on track to make 198.9 billion dollars in the U.S. The more restaurants there are the more need for jobs. In 2013 there were 3.65 million U.S. employees working for a drive-thru or a restaurant. Many citizens had a great opportunity for work due to all the jobs. Unskilled workers are payed minimum wage to work behind a register and give the food to the customer. Some are simply supposed to keep the food warm and assemble the packaging around the finished product. Some companies are advertising good and positive things to kids, such as remove soda like Coca Cola from the menu. Chick-Fil-A, a fast food restaurant, advertises good customer support, where the employees act in a very polite manor to the customer.
Lots of people wished for a healthier option to be on the menu instead of only having high calorie meals that were unhealthy. Now companies are adding salads to the menu and offering healthier menu items for people to choose from. Moves like those struck many citizens to demand healthier and better experiences at the drive ins. The demand for healthier food options led companies such as McDonalds to change around their menu. In the past week, McDonalds cut the sodium out of the chicken nuggets, and every happy meal will be 600 calories less than what it was.
Fast food has grown from once a pop-up stand across the street to an international market. Now with new advances in civilization many people have access to automobiles, credit cards, and cryptocurrencies. Also, with the average American household owning two or more cars, it is easy to understand how fast food struck the heart of people’s needs. Delicious tasting, cheap, and instant food, all provided in the comfort of their own vehicle. While the positives of fast food seem to be so great. It is the negatives that are the true worry of the upcoming years. It is easy to say that fast food is addicting, or some people just eat too much due to personal issues. Either way it has affected our society because every day a quarter of American citizens are eating fast food. There are fast food restaurants in airports, lobbies, shopping malls, local Walmart’s, and even hospitals. Society allowed fast food to be everywhere and it is very harmful to the human body. Obesity rates climbed to the highest that they have ever been at 37 percent. The calories and carbs were tremendously high for a single meal because of how bad the food quality was. Companies decided to add healthier meal choices to their menus, and fast food just continues to grow in the future. Fast food affects our society in both a positive and negative way, and it will only expand beyond our society in the upcoming years.