Extinction of the Golden Arches


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The obesity stats in America have been well documented for quite some time and still are startling each time I look at them. How is it possible that 15% of our country’s children are considered obese? Many different issues attribute to this fact, but one of America’s biggest crutches shines the brightest: the fast food industry. Wouldn’t it be nice if we were able to get ride of these evil empires and significantly increase the health of our youth and population as a whole? The McDonald’s and Burger King’s of America sit all along the freeways waiting for travelers to come clog their arteries with cheap poorly made burgers and fries. The statistics out there about these fast food joints show that they are nothing but an impediment on society.

One measly meal at a local fast food restaurant can average out to 37% of a person’s daily calories and 42.6% of the carbohydrates. For a family that stops by their once during the day, this could be corrected by two other healthy meals, but as we all know, that is not usually the case. With some customers coming numerous times a day due to the low prices and great taste, their health diminishes severely as the days go on. As seen in this clip from the critically acclaimed film, “Super Size Me,” the man running the documentary had his health deteriorate significantly after his solely McDonald’s based diet. Quite honestly, I feel shares borderline comparisons with tobacco and alcohol in respect to how they harm the human body.

Obviously since these are large corporations with armies of lawyers that defend each and everyone of their moves, getting rid of this industry is very likely. However, it is interesting to think how the country would fair with the disappearance of the fast food. How drastically would obesity fall and the average life span go up? I realize that the economy would feel the negative effects of their extinction and the government would never back such an event due to this and the many lobbyists that pollute our capitol for the benefit of the industry, but it would be interesting to see if the American people as a whole had a better quality of life without the temptation of their shoddy food products.

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One comment on “Extinction of the Golden Arches

  1. Another bold idea! I think defining what is or isn’t “fast food” is hard to do. Is Chipotle?

    But radical change can surely be achieved in what the McDds and such actually do.

    And, no, I don’t mean publishing nutrition information. I don’t think reading that a Whopper has 5,000,000,0000 calories changes behavior much.

    Some people have talked about taxes on particular unhealthy ingredients to raise price and offset societal costs.

    I keep wondering what happens to the subsidized prices of fast food if we change or get rid of the big agribusiness subsidies like in corn and soy. Like, if it is no longer so cheap to raise cows in CAFOs on corn, then what happens to the price? Maybe not enough to matter.

    There is surely room for industry involvement. What if they turned their brilliance in logistics and marketing in how to deliver healthier food to people?

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