Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

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Fast Food Nation Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser was overall an alarmingly convincing tale. Schlosser’s ability to subtly drop facts regarding the negative aspects of the fast food industry that so profoundly swayed the reader wa extremely effective. Schlosser did not come out and state his opinion bluntly at any time throughout the novel. Instead, he would incorporate the right facts here and there to persuade the reader to feel the same way about the fast food industry that he felt: negatively. The reader is first introduced to Schlosser’s opinion about the fast food industry in the early pages of the book. At no point does Schlosser deny how widespread the fast food industry has become: “Fast food and its consequences have become …show more content…
The most prominent concern of the takeover of fast food restaurants is the toll it will take on American’s health. Schlosser mentions: “The obesity epidemic that began in the United States during the late 1970s is now spreading to the rest of the world, with fast food as one of its vectors.” Obesity is only the beginning to a long line of health problems, including diabetes, many different types of cancer, and arthritis. One of the main sellers of Schlosser’s argument was the fact that a high intake of fast food will result in a multitude of health issues. His facts and figures regarding health issues related to fast food was one of his tactics used to get readers to believe his ideal that a “fast food nation” is a bad thing. Also, Schlosser spends a good deal of time discussing the nature of the products sold at fast food restaurants. Not only did he discuss slaughterhouses and the way the fast food products are cultivated. he discusses the way they are handled by the employees at the fast food restaurants. Schlosser goes into detail about the unethical way that slaughterhouses are operated. He notes that illegal immigrants are often used as the clean up crew during the night hours and that, on several accounts, women working in the slaughterhouse have been harassed or even raped. Schlosser notes: “Sex, drugs, and slaughterhouses may seem an unlikely
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