Small Taste of Fast Food
How did I know forty years ago that "fast food," the vulgar, insidious
preparation of chicken, beef, fish and potatoes with its slurpy
beverages, was bad for me? I felt the same way about slippery green
snakes that hissed in the grass. It was something in the way they
looked and slithered and shimmered.
Fast food has covered the planet like moss and challenged mankind's
health. It's put a chink in the armor of the vanishing individual
and propagated the grinning, baying masses. The profile of the economy
has been rearranged by the powerful industry and its many and long-reaching
tentacles. Where there is immense power and growth so is there politics
and favors, oversight and corruption.
a recent fast food owners and operators convention in Las Vegas
amidst laughter, food and drink, a Carl's Jr. bigwig pointed out
with solemnity the problem certain consumer groups present to the
industry with their narrow-minded views on health and environment,
employee's rights and wages. Thorns in the sides of the giants,
these long-contended issues are valid and make them mad. Make them
Let's take a quick look:
the food in a fast food restaurant is frozen, dehydrated, condensed,
highly processed and freeze dried. It is full of fat and sugar,
salt and preservatives. Secret flavors prepared in laboratories
account for the taste appeal of the fries, meat and milkshakes.
Without them you would doubt their authenticity as food. The single
flavor "strawberry" to concoct a mouthwatering shake at Burger King
contains 48 different chemicals with names like benzyl isobutyrate
and ethyl methlphenylglycidate. I'll have water and a napkin, please,
hold the food.
fast food industry loves the government as long as it can govern
it, usurp it or dodge it. They get considerable tax breaks for hiring
unskilled workers that they promise to train and don't. They underpay
their teen workforce, do nothing to develop them as "Young America,"
lose them before insurance and vacation benefits accrue and generally
use them up. Okay. What's the point? It's not right and I thought
you might be interested.
How about this? Fast food is in school cafeterias with all its unbalanced
and nocuous ingredients. Just what little Tommy and Susie need to
grow fat and hypered and insulin-dependent. It's also perfect timing
to develop their taste for fat and syrup to ensure that they reach
for the junk the rest of their lives. Who let this stuff in the
schools in the first place?
swing into the wide parking lot beneath the golden arches, gang
in toe and make our order of jumbo Cokes (310 calories), Super-Size
Fries (610 calories and 29 grams of fat) and double burgers with
cheese and bacon (45 grams of fat and about 1,000 calories). The
kids are off in the red, yellow and blue plastic playground sliding
down slopes and planning the toys they'll snag on the way out the
door. One hundred million McHappy Meals were sold in ten days during
a record-breaking Teenie Beanie Baby giveaway. Thanks, Mom; do I
get to keep all the fat and calories, too? How about the degenerating
I know, you're right. Sociology is neither my expertise nor the
scope of this website but I'm learning. The relevance of man's greed
and power and ego, along with his ignorance and denial, cannot be
excused from the unresolved condition he faces today: unchecked,
self-destructive, weak-willed obesity. It's been thrust upon us
by ourselves. I simply want you to know the source of some of the
problems. Understanding a problem can help with its solution.
United States has the highest rate of obesity in the world, twice
what it was some thirty years ago. Nearly half the population is
in the red zone about forty-five million adults are obese.
One quarter of all kids are overweight and out of shape. There is
an alarming seven million folks walking around who are ranked as
super obese and weigh at least a hundred pounds more than normal.
A fat and unfit nation has locked hands with the fast food culture,
a death grip that needs to be loosened.
is no definitive epidemiological study that proves the relationship
between obesity and the fast food restaurant. I'm just haunted by
this nagging suspicion and their coincidence. Fast food restaurants
spread like wild fire in the late sixties and early seventies with
the obesity epidemic trailing in its billowing haze. McDonald's
leaped the seas and opened shop in Great Britain, doubling its outlets
throughout the years of '85 to '95. It was noted that the obesity
rate of our great ally doubled as well. Pity.
and China have not been spared. These once lean nations are growing
pouches. They need to be on the alert for diseases they've never
known: heart disease, stroke, diabetes... you know the list.
is hard to cure and some researchers believe prevention is the best
remedy. I believe it is part of the prescription but it will not
fix what's broken today as we desperately seek a healthier, more
agreeable weight. Resisting a brightly lit, aroma-filled Jack-in-the-
Box serving fat, sugar and chemicals in abundance is a good practice.
Here's a thought: Simply stop eating at the fast food chains. If
we stood up, together and at once, and demanded much more in food
quality and respect from the giants we'd get it. We outnumber their
entire force thousands and thousands to one. Humbling odds.
A new fast food restaurant opens every two hours.
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