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I am writing an essay on the effects of fast food on the human body.  I am having...

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mollierawks | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2010 at 10:53 AM via web

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I am writing an essay on the effects of fast food on the human body.  I am having trouble putting all the facts into paragraphs.

All the things eating fast food causes (heart disease, weight gain, bad eating habits ect.) are all happening because of the same reason, how bad the food is. I am really struggling with putting this into paragraphs.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted February 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM (Answer #1)

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Fast food is term used for ready to serve food sold by restaurants shops and other establishments that specialize in serving the food quickly. Also frequently the food outlet forms a self service format as compared to table service in regular full service restaurants. Also the fast food is often served in a packaged form that permits taking away or taking out the food and eating it at  places like park benches or in cars. People also eat such food while travelling in vehicles or even walking.

The system of fast food is prevalent in all countries , with each country having its own variations of types of items served and the nature of establishments serving. The popularity of fast food is partly due to convenience of fast service, packaged food and  low cost. The fast food establishment are typically dependent on business policy of low price and high volume. Therefore, in general fast food work out to be cheaper.

Fast food as defined and described above need not necessarily be bad for health. Unfortunately, the typical kind of fast food popular in countries like USA, combined with general trend of people eating a lot of such food has created some kind of general health problems. The fast food items are frequently selected by fast food companies on the basis of their taste with little concern for providing nutrition. Perhaps this approach is also common to the full service restaurants. But since the total combined quantity of food eaten by all the people of a community is much less than that in full service restaurants, the potential of full service restaurants to create health problems is also less.

Thus it is evident that health problem caused by fast food is not just a problem of quality of food but also by living styles and habits of people. A solution to this problem needs to address these lifestyle issues also.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 23, 2010 at 1:45 AM (Answer #2)

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It seems to me that clarity and identifying what needs to be argued would help in this particular instance.  You might need to reflect on your three strongest points or effects on fast food on the body.  Determining these ideas would allow you to devote a paragraph to each particular effect.  This might give you the structure needed to approach writing your paper.  Additionally, it will allow you to select your best and most essential effects of fast food on the body.  This process of refining and selection will enable you to make the facts and evidence that you have effective and streamline your paper to make it have more structure and greater focus.

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