The way that Burger King and other fast food restaurant chains do business and markets their products to consumers is due to the change in our society to where the consumer wants the biggest, fastest, and best product they can get for their money. This change in society can be attributed to a process known as McDonaldization. Although McDonaldization can be applied to many other parts of our society, this paper will focus on its impact on Burger King and Taco Bell restaurants. My belief is that the process of McDonaldization has lead our generations toward a more a much more efficient lifestyle, with much less quality. From my observations and studies of these fast food resturants, several themes have become
People's diets can lead them to mental illness. Felice Jacka, a researcher at Deakin University in Australia, has found that sugary and fatty diets can result in different levels of mental illness and if one is suffering form a mental illness makes it exponentially worse. If America is known for anything it is our fast food restaurants. Men are more likely than women to eat fast food at least weekly. Men aged 18 to 49 in particular eat fast food at least weekly, at 57%. More black people report having fast food on a weekly bases (51%) than white males
According “Eating More; Enjoying Less” from Pew Research Center by Scott Keeter, there are many different statistics that play a part in the consumption of fast food. According to the Pew Research Center and the research by Keeter, “fifty million Americans are served daily in some type of a fast food restaurant” (Keeter).According to Food Safety News, a study is completed by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington and Bill Marler reports on this research information saying that “the IHME identified the top ten risk factors for health loss in 2010 and the number of deaths attributable to each one” (Marler). During this study, the IHME found that diets are the number one leading cause of death. High blood pressure, high body mass index, physical inactivity, high blood sugar, and high total cholesterol all also follow closely behind on the list of risk factors, according to the IHME. Marler claims that fast food leads to every single one of these risk factors in one way or another, and that “fast food kills more people than smoking, alcohol, and illegal drug use all combined” (Marler). Austin Bryn worries that diseases and sickness will develop at a much earlier age and will cause problems for many kids as they are not getting the nutrients their
When the consumer has been served a days worth of calories in a meal that has probably over 1500 calories, and the cost of the meal is probably five dollars while eating at the establishment few times a week the consumer is at risk for many health issues. McDonalds adds many additives, sugar and salt to make their food tasty. Many health issues arise such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. With McDonalds not buying meat from the US, changing out oils, adding sugar and salt is a recipe for a failing restaurant when Americans are eating healthier, wanting more organic choices. and care what is going into their bodies and their children’s bodies. Restaurants like Chick-Fil-A are serving many healthy choices to choose from. The
To begin, there are way too many fast food restaurants. With a whopping 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the US alone, it’s no surprise that when you’re driving down the street looking for a bite to eat, McDonalds is one of the easiest places to stop and go (Zinczenko 463). There is never a shortage of places to go eat at, but unfortunately the majority of them are fast food. Although some seem healthier than others, they all share one thing in common, cheap, easy to access food. Zinczenko provides a good point saying “Lunch and dinner, for me, was a daily choice between McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, or Pizza Hut. Then as now, these were
This rhetorical analysis is over the effects of fast food and the health of the person eating it. “Eat fast, die young” is the motto of the second spoof ad. The reality is that this spoof ad is accurate. Studies over the past 30 to 50 years show that fast food and junk food is extremely unhealthy and causes obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and several other diseases. Most fast food restaurants serve high caloric and low-density foods. That means one get a lot of calories and very little nutrition value from the food. Obesity rates have steadily climbed over the past 60 years as have the number of fast food restaurants. “The prevalence of obesity and obesity related diseases has increased rapidly in the U.S. since the mid-1970s. At the same time, the number of fast food restaurants more than doubled over the same time period, while the number of other restaurants grew at a much slower pace.” (Currie Vigna Moretti Pathania 1) Saying the fact that when one eats substantial amounts of fast food, the health of that person will drastically decrease is definitely true.
Even though fast food is inexpensive and quick, parents could still find other food options that are also quick and inexpensive. "Most of all, I am concerned about its impact on the nation's children. Fast food is heavily marketed to children and prepared by people who are barely older than children." (Schlosser, 9) More and more children are consuming fast food which is not good for them and it can even start to cause many problems. Many people in U.S consume McDonald's very frequently. "Every month more than 90 percent of the children in the United States eat at McDonald's." (Schlosser, 262) It is not healthy that this many children in the U.S. are eating at McDonalds because it is not good for them and may even lead to more people becoming
The shakes and sodas begin as a syrup. The avocado dip isn't freshly made by workers in the kitchen" (p. 28-29, lines 214-217), and ¨The beans are dehydrated and look like brownish cornflakes. The cooking process is fairly simple, ¨Everything's 'add water¨ (p. 29, lines 224-225). Given this statement, McDonald's seems to neglect the health of the people worldwide by delivering food that is harmful, fattening, and lethal to the human body! In addition, some of their produce isn't even constructed using real ingredients.
In addition, McDonald’s sells very little fruit/vegetables; they do sell apples and salads, but “the Washington Post estimated that almost 98 percent of McDonald’s customers don’t order a salad.”  Students who go to McDonald’s would not buy a salad; they would buy an unhealthy sandwich and a sugary drink, which means that McDonald’s does not protect the health and well-being of children; it influences them to eat unhealthy food. Another piece of evidence that proves McDonald’s is harmful is the 2004 documentary Super Size Me, in which Morgan Spurlock ate only McDonald’s foods for a thirty-day period. Spurlock states, “In only 30 days of eating nothing but McDonald’s I gained 24.5 lbs., my liver turned to fat, and my cholesterol shot up 65 points [to 230]. My body fat percentage went from 11 to 18%... I nearly doubled my risk of coronary heart disease, making myself twice as likely to have heart failure. I felt depressed and exhausted most of the time, my mood swung on a dime... I craved this food more and more when I ate it, and got massive cravings when I didn’t. In my final blood test, many of my body functions showed signs of improvement, but the doctors were less than optimistic.”  Therefore, a fast-food diet is damaging toward people, and should not be served at school or anywhere else; fast food is bad for humans like
After seeing the commercial, people that have never been to fast food restaurants or those that do not believe in fast foods, would go to the McDonald brand as they got the information that they offer nice food.The commercial meets some ethical standards which are set to regulate ads. The advertisement is within the limits of decency. The people in the place are well groomed as people would while they go to eat. The place is clean to appeal to the people on the health standards, they are catered
Fast food has a harmful effect on society because it can cause obesity. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry believes obesity “Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise.” (parag. 1).The causing and treating of obesity is complex but it is the most recognizable disease. Consistently eating fast food and a poor can lead to obesity in anyone. The risks of obesity include an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, fast food “Studies have shown that over the past four decades, consumption of food eaten away from home has also risen alarmingly” (parag. 8). This means that fast food is high in fat, sugar, salt, carbs, calories, saturated and trans fats. This type of eating leads to a higher body mass index or gained weight. Children and adolescents are at a
George Ritzer describes McDonaldization as “the process by which the principles of the fast-food restaurant are coming to dominate more and more sectors of American society as well as the rest of the world”. McDonaldization is the idea that our society is becoming more efficient and more fast paced. Rational systems can be defined as “unreasonable, dehumanizing systems that deny the humanity, the human reason, of the people who work within them or are served by them”.1 Today there are many types of businesses that are increasingly adapting the same values and principles of the fast-food industry to their needs. Rational systems are dehumanizing our society and seem to be even more irrational than convenient. “Almost every aspect of
Much like a smile, the “Golden Arches” can be understood in any language. The McDonalds brand is the most well-known, internationally embraced fast food empire. McDonalds operates over 31,000 franchises throughout the world, with the United States leading the way with a whopping 13,381outlets as of May 2009 . McDonalds has the fast food market cornered, offering an increasing variety of food of beverages, marketed to people of all ages to eat at any time of the day. However, being a corporate giant has its issues. McDonalds has faced a lot of criticism for its high-fat, high-sugar, potentially addictive menu. While the corporation is not likely to outright admit responsible for its actions, McDonalds has seen some changes to address
Not having to answer to a corporate boss is the dream of many and the flexibility that owning a business franchise creates provides this option. Success is not reached by simply creating a business, however. The level of success is measured by the size and efficiency of the business. Business growth is the driving force of the economy. The additional jobs and revenues created when a business expands allow the economy to grow at exponential rates. One of the fastest and most popular ways to increase the size of a business is to turn it into a franchise, which can then be purchased by individuals. Franchising provides opportunities that are beneficial to both the parent company and the purchaser. The company that owns the business can expand