Dangers Posed By The Fast Food Industry

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Dangers Posed by the Fast Food Industry
“A nation 's diet can be more revealing than its art or literature” (Schlosser, 3). Historically, few trends have been as popular in the United States as fast food. From Burger King to Taco Bell to McDonald’s, it seems that numerous fast food restaurants dot every corner; in fact, specific restaurants have now even joined forces, so that a Taco Bell and a Pizza Hut might coexist within one building. Statistically, Americans eat a great deal of fast food, and the industry is extremely profitable. People enjoy this food because it is inexpensive, convenient, and designed to satiate desires for strong flavors, especially tastes for salt and fat. However, this food comes at a higher cost than the low prices on menus would indicate; due to its contributions to the obesity epidemic, the dangers posed to teen workers at restaurants, and the targeting of children and poor communities, fast food poses a significant danger to the citizens of the United States.
To begin with, the product itself poses numerous risks to consumers. The unhealthy nature of fast food has long been known: these foods contain an abundance of fat, sodium, and sugar. Even as recently as 2006, researchers have discovered additional health risks posed by fast food products. In "Fast-Food Fats Prove Health Hazard," Kathleen McGowan explains: “The dangers of trans-fatty acids --a cornerstone of fast-food cooking--were confirmed in June, when a study at Wake Forest University…

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