Fast Food Chains and its Customers
by Carlin C on December 6, 2012 - 11:26am
Since the 1970’s, fast-food restaurants have become the new way to eat. In our busy, New York minute lifestyle, people do not have time to cook themselves a good meal, sit down at dinner with their family, or go to a good quality restaurant. So, people rely on fast food places for a quick meal. Most Americans that eat at these fast-food places though cannot help it. Whether it be because they are too busy at work, too poor to have a genuine family meal every night or because a mother of three cannot find the time to cook for her kids, people just don’t have the time to eat a healthy meal. So they are punished with these unhealthy meals because their lifestyles require to them to eat at these fast-food restaurants a few times a week. The fast-food corporations know how to manipulate the people into buying their food more often. They convince the people that it is their choice to eat fast-food, and they shouldn’t have to change because America is becoming obese off their products. In support, we are gluttonous, and always bigger and better everything. So, are both sides at fault? Yes, I believe both corporations and consumers are. It’s the person’s choice to grab food from their restaurants, but, fast food restaurants are to blame for the obesity of their customers as well with what is being served. In, “Don’t Blame the Eater”, David Zinczenko discusses how it is fast-food corporations’ faults for teenager’s obesity and health problems. He states that back in the early 1970’s diabetes accounted for only $2.6 billion in health care costs. As compared to today it is now close to around $100 billion a year. That is a big jump in health care costs. Stephanie Rosenbloom, a New York Times writer, wrote an article recently on a new bill passed by President Obama that requires all big restaurant chains to put calorie information on their menus and drive-through signs. She says, “That even if menu labeling does not inspire consumers to eat better, they should at least be told what they are putting in their mouths.” I have seen these changes on the menus at fast food places and it has helped me in deciding what I should order. I believe that this has also helped what these restaurants have been putting on their menus. I have noticed more healthy choices going up which is a great thing for their customers who want something quick but won’t give them a heart attack. These changes to the fast food chains are definitely a good thing to both sides in my opinion. Costumers get to eat a healthier quick meal for cheap and the fast food chains are less in the spotlight for its cheap, greasy, fatty foods.
Rosenbloom, Stephanie. "Calorie Data to Be Posted at Most Chains." NYTimes.com. N.p., 23 Mar. 2010. Web. 6 Dec. 2012.
Zinczenko, David. "Don't Blame the Eater." The New York Times. N.p., 23 Nov. 2002. Web. 10 Oct. 2012.