Near the core of American culture that dearly loves liberty, lies its love for fast food and all that it offers. The fast food industry was initially created as a moneymaking enterprise that marketed itself as a time effective source of food, but over the years it has strayed from its marketing promise to save Americans’ time. Many Americans are regulars at one, or more, of the numerous fast food restaurants in the United States, because they want to save valuable time that otherwise would be squandered in the kitchen. The time that consumers envision they save while eating at fast food restaurants is wrongly perceived; the host of health issues linked to fast food consumption eventually eats away at any time people might have saved. By eating fast food, efficiency is lost due to its unhealthy nature, not only for the copious amounts of fats and salts it contains, but also because it lacks of vital nutrients.
The people in America have fallen head over heals for fast food, because they have conceived the notion that eating fast food is more efficient. In a society that is advancing technologically, providing instant information and communication, people look to maximize efficiency. That, however, is not the only reason that America is obsessed with fast food; people also love the taste of food that the major franchises produce, and have been indoctrinated at a young age to do so. By falling pray to the relative ease of access, “great taste,” and intense advertising campaigns of fast food companies, Americans have become dependent on fast food not only to sustain themselves, but also their culture.
The sustenance that American’s seek at fast food restaurants is not providing them with balanced and nutritious meals need to fuel a healthy body. The lack of a healthy diet can be correlated to health issues and an increased predisposition to serious health conditions. An article in Harvard Medical School’s Health Publication identified that “kids who ate fast food three times a week or more had increased risks of asthma, rhinitis, and eczema—as much as a 39% increase in severe asthma risk for teens and 27% for younger kids” (Godman). The health issues take on new meaning in America today, because roughly half of American children eat fast food on a daily basis (“Fast Food”). Considering that this is the effect that fast food has on children, who have relatively higher metabolisms, the effect fast food has on adults is much greater. Many adult Americans today are obese due to excessive fast food consumption, which has increased their susceptibility to hypertension, and other health complications such as heart failure, kidney failure, and stroke (“The Obesity”). The current consumption of fast food has affected the health of the entirety of the American population.
Fast food consumption not only affects the body physically, but also mentally. The major components of fast foods are trans fats and salts, such as sodium. These components, trans fats...