The Effects Of Fast Food On Children Essay

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Just think about it, how many commercials do you see for some sort of fast food restaurant when you watch television? How many billboards do you drive by for a “2 for 2” at McDonald’s “off exit- insert number here-” or something of that nature… Considering that most children cannot drive, they read those billboards; they see the bright colors and the photo shopped food that never looks the same way when you open the wrapper. Also, children generally have, what could be called, an addiction to television; their faces are essentially glued to it. The fast food industry spent $4.2 billion on advertising in 2010 alone. (Fast Food FACTS in Brief) Children see about three to five advertisements for unhealthy food every day. Only about a fourth of the fast food commercials seen by young children are for ‘healthier’ options. (Fast Food 360 Briefs) Additionally, the kind of advertising that is being done has broadened to become more up-to-date. People, especially children, are being drawn in not only by the classic free toy in every meal, but also by website games, apps, and rewards programs. One of the better examples of this is Starbucks. Starbucks, firstly, has an app that allows the user to pre-order and pre-pay for their drink and or food before the user gets anywhere near a Starbucks. Secondly, with the app, there is a “star rewards program” someone can sign up for where for a certain amount of money spent, a certain amount of ‘stars’ are added. These stars accumulate over time
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