American life is quick paced and busy. Americans want quick reliable transportation, quick internet connection, quick money, quick healing, quick weight loss, quick energy, and even quick service from the restaurants they eat out at. When a busy person is looking for a quick, easy food, fast food is usually the best option. The main food at a fast food restaurant is usually a burger and French fries. Fast foods restaurants are popular in America because they are inexpensive and served very quickly. There’s no problem with eating fast food every so often, but if a person is eating it almost every day, it can lead to serious health concerns. Americans love to eat. However, it is important to understand that what goes into one’s mouth can affect the rest of the body. Fast food has brought a change into American lives. Hunting for food was once a full time job for humans. Today, such thoughts have become ancient. Food is delivered at the footsteps of your door. In addition, fast food's easy access has strongly contributed to the epidemic of obesity. Furthermore, the marketing of fast food through the media has become big business.
History of Fast Food
Eating outside the home has always been a popular choice for Americans. Throughout history, hamburgers, for example, have always been a favorite food for Americans. “In 1925, when New Yorkers were asked to name their favorite meal, the hamburger ranked nineteenth.” (Schlosser & Wilson 2007). As the American population grew, so did different methods of transportation. The rise of car ownership in America brought changes to the restaurant businesses. Families were able to drive long distances to enjoy quick tasty meals. It was around the mid-twentieth century when the fast-food industry began. The fast food industry grew enormously during the last three decades of the twentieth century (Brennan, 2009).
In 1921, Billy Ingram and Walter Anderson found White Castle, and American company. The opening of White Castle is known to be one of the first hamburger chains in America. White Castle was known to sell hamburgers for five cents each. (Paul, 2004) Howard Johnson's first franchised the restaurant concept in the mid-1930s, formally standardizing menus, signage and advertising (Lukas, 2004). One of the most popular fast food restaurants to open in America was McDonald’s. The owner’s name was McDonald. McDonald and his brother Maurice thought of opening the first fast food restaurant called McDonald’s (Graham, 1991). The restaurant first started with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French fries as a side and shakes for drinks. After just a few years, there had been twenty-one more franchises opened so that the restaurant served more people across the nation (Graham, 1991). Immigrants who poured into America brought new tastes and flavors with them. This change led to a whole new menu. Today, the most popular type of American fast food restaurant specializes in a meal that consists of a...