In this essay I will be discussing the pros and cons of fast foods. Now a day every body will recognize the golden arches of McDonalds, it is hard not to. McDonalds has restaurants everywhere, beside major roads and in almost every high street. Their commercials are on television at least once a day. They became popular within a couple of years. Teenagers especially like McDonalds because of the relaxed atmosphere, cheap prizes and the fact that all over the world you know what you are buying.
In restaurants I find that the waiter there look at me and think that I might not be able to pay for the meal. With McDonalds I find that every person is welcome to come in and eat, no matter what you look like or how much money you have. There is also not a certain dress code that you have to oblige to. Fast food is easy to eat food that requires no cutlery. The fast food industry is not only good. The foods contain too much fat, salt and sugars. The food is not always what is said to be and uses a lot of packaging.
Packaging that will be thrown on the ground, if the food is not eaten within the restaurant. People usually don t take the time to throw the packaging in the dustbins. The high streets usually have a whole carpet with litter of fast food restaurants. I think that the restaurants can t be responsible for the litter but the restaurants can do every thing to make their packaging as environmental friendly. People that eat at McDonalds do not always realize what happened to the cow before it turned into the hamburger.
Mostly the animals are living in bad conditions. Chickens get born with foot disorders. But then again I guess that the animals the produce the meat for the top class restaurants suffer the same. The fast food industry advertises with the target of children. With there freebies and bright adverts the get children to make their parents take them to McDonalds. They manipulate the easiest target. Children will moan and whine until they go to McDonalds. If health stores had the money to advertise then I am sure that they too would be popular.
Just as it is now health shops are rather expensive and have a major hippy label. If the prices would go down and the public realized what was better for them, the popularity of the stores would increase. I don t understand who decides what is popular or not. I think that people are just like blind dummies that just follow the majority, being different is just not accepted by society After taking a survey in the class it turned out that eleven people out of fifteen went to McDonalds in the last seven days at least once.
I think that the reason that McDonalds is so popular is because McDonalds is an American way of life, and by eating it you are buying into the American life style. America has always dominated trends, not only in eating habits but also in fashion and Americans mostly dominate the music charts. Personally I like eating at McDonalds, but it is not like I have to eat there because my whole class eats there. I eat there when I am in a rush or am low on cash. I do prefer the fast food restaurant Shakies , which is a restaurant that sells biological milkshakes and healthy sandwiched.
These kinds of restaurants are gaining popularity, especially with the whole foot and mouth disease. McDonalds sales went down one fifth because of BSE and foot and mouth disease. I think that people should make the switch to health foods permanently, not only because some disease that effects the food. I think that in the future people will realize what is better for them and McDonalds will slowly disappear from the high streets and will end up closing down all of their restaurants. This wont be in the near future but I think that s where fast food is heading.