Jean is a first time visitor to the United States. As he was getting dressed this morning, he became excited to try McDonald’s new “Egg White Delight McMuffin” that came on a television commercial. Upon opening the packaging he finds a soggy, rubbery sandwich unlike the juicy, wholesome sandwich he saw earlier this morning. He recognizes everybody else enjoying food that looks nothing how it should, and begins to wonder why.
America is a place where fast pace, convenience, and cheap products and services are accepted and even loved. As of April 20th, 2012, “in America, there were 160,000 fast food restaurants serving 50 million customers a day.” (“Fast Food Statistics”). It is the perfect alternative to snagging a delicious meal to avoid the burden of cooking dinner for one’s family. Although nutritional value and the quality of the food are in the back of American’s mind, it is not a large enough concern for people to unify, complain, and take action. Many studies show that fast food especially in large amounts can be harmful to the body. Behind the great tastes and bright lights of fast food, there are many facts and risks that are hidden from the American people.
Never mind the actual substance, mega fast food chains spend billions of dollars a year in advertising. Fast food is advertised in a manner where it is geared mostly toward children. CBS News reports, “Last year, children ages 6 to 11 saw 26 percent more ads for McDonald's than they did just two years earlier.” (Ben Tracy) Bright colors, catchy tunes, and the presentation of the perfect meal are advertising tactics used in commercials. Free toy giveaways for children, promises of the possibility to win a large lump of money, a free meal after a certain amount of purchases, and even the promise of a luxurious vacation are tactics used to get adults and children alike to buy. Free playpens allow parents to enjoy some time alone, knowing their child is safe and has a full stomach. The option to host a child’s birthday party with their favorite foods catered to them is a deal most parents cannot pass up. Fast food restaurants advertise and show themselves to be an inexpensive way to feed all, get things done, and make everybody happy. Fast food chains will also make one aware of the charities they are affiliated with. Some fast food chains donate money per purchase to a charity. Although this is a wonderful thing to do, it is an advertising technique that encourages one to buy and eat awful food because it is saving someone or something else.
The worse part about eating fast food is the health risks that are involved. Hamburger chef Jamie Oliver recently exposed a deadly hamburger meat recipe in his court case against McDonalds. “McDonald’s hamburgers contained a low quality meat mixed with fats that were washed with Ammonium Hydroxide. Ammonium hydroxide is used as an antimicrobial in meats” (Jamie Oliver). In other words, this substance’s function is to turn the scraps of meat that...