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if fast food bad for us, why is it  sold, advertised, marketed to the public?Is that...

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krixy | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 6, 2008 at 11:22 AM via web

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if fast food bad for us, why is it  sold, advertised, marketed to the public?

Is that wrong or right?

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kyerumption | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted October 7, 2008 at 12:48 PM (Answer #2)

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Fast food is most often horrific for our health and general well-being. Most fast food is pumped full of hormones, preservatives, and other chemicals. For example, KFC puts so many growth hormones into its chickens, their bodies become to large for their tiny legs to cary (this can be viewed on PETA2 videos, especially the Pamela Anderson expose on KFC).

 Due to the intense abuse, psychological trauma, and unhygienic conditions the farm animals are subjected to, they are given antibotics. When these hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, and other chemicals enter our bodies, they cause excessive weight gain and a host of other problems like diabetes, cancer, etc.

 Besides the food, the sodas offered at fast food joints are loded with sugar and carbonation. The diet sodas have an even more deadly chemical, aspartame.

 As for why fast food is sold to the public...

Fast food becomes addictive. It's fitting to the American, on-the-go lifestyle and it's cheap. That means the negligent fast food corporation owners can make a killing (no pun intended) from the disgusting and unhealthy food they sell.

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted October 8, 2008 at 12:51 AM (Answer #3)

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I think the main reason is because they know we will buy it. Our world is one of convenience and speed, so fast food fits our busy lifestyles.  It seems that as time goes on, our lives only get more hectic and we spend less time at home!  Because of this, fast food is even more convenient for us.

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janelle73077 | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 27, 2008 at 6:10 AM (Answer #4)

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We have a free will as human beings.  We should have enough sense to know what to eat in moderation.  Yes fast food in great quantities can be bad for you, but it also tasts good and is sometimes quick and easy.  We should be able control ourselves and make wise healthy choices.

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nlagmay | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 27, 2008 at 1:03 AM (Answer #5)

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Depending on where you eat, it can be bad for you. Some places are worse than others. Anything fried or processed is not healthy. If the fast food industry does not market their products to the public, they won't make money. Common sense should tell us that constantly eating greasy fast food is unhealthy but unfortunately, there are people out there that do not care about their health. These are the consumers the fast food industry is targeting. There are trends that come and go. For example, right now fast food restaurants are talking about healthier sides, smaller portions and getting more for your money. 

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sostrowski | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 5, 2009 at 7:17 PM (Answer #6)

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First of all, not ALL fast food is bad for you, it totally depends on what you choose to put in your body.  For example, there are salads and healthier options at fast food establishments.  Unfortunately, the less healthy options are often the tastier ones, and also many times the cheaper options, so people choose them over the healthy options.

That being said, we live in a country where we can speak freely, and also in a world of growing industries, particularly fast food industries.  People don't always think about the health of who they're selling their product to, instead they remain money-hungry and will do almost anything to get ahead.  If you think about it, it's the same type of concept with people who advertise and sell products in the tobacco industry.  They aren't looking to maintain the health of America, only to make money in the American market.  It's an unfortunate truth, but that's why many fast food industries are so successful in advertising their unhealthy menus.

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 9, 2009 at 10:07 AM (Answer #7)

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Lots of things are sold on store shelves that are bad for us--cigarettes, alcohol, tobacco, guns, National Enquirer (kidding on that last one!)

We should have access to all of those things because labeling them as 'good' or 'bad' is a judgement--and whose judgement do we follow? I, for one, don't want anyone else telling me what is good or bad for me. I don't smoke, I only drink in proper social settings and I never read the Enquirer (=D).

It is our choice as a consumer to spend our money on the goods that we find the most beneficial.

Fast food is only bad if you eat it every day all day.

Guns are only bad if you use them to intentionally harm people.

This all boils down to being an informed consumer--you have to know the risks involved with everything you do!

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stnichols | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 9, 2009 at 10:37 AM (Answer #8)

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As with many things in the world. The ability of freedom and choice are valued in our country. It is a choice to make. While I am not a fan of the fast food market. It is exactly what it says...Fast food. In todays society many people are on the go long hours and need to have the ability to pick up something quick. It is sold as the demand for it increases.

A good example  of this is I live in Staten Island NY one of the five boroughs of the city. Staten Island alone has about 40 Dunkin Donuts store across the borough. In a half a mile radius of my home there are at least 3 of them in addition to 4 Starbucks stores. The dem,and for coffee is apparently large as each business is thriving.

So while many people say it is bad for you I am not disagreeing with that point, but merely stating that todays society is now driven by consumer habits and conveniece.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted April 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM (Answer #9)

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Is it horrible that I laughed when I read your question?  ; )  Your question has a one-word answer:  MONEY.  It is sold, advertised, and marketed in our society because this is a CAPITALIST society.  If you watch the special features of documentaries like Supersize Me,you will learn that McDonalds (even though it started out innocent enough) became the mega-giant it is today because of greed and deceit of the consumer.  Greedy corporations are not thinking about a consumer's health as a result of the ingestion of their product, they are the personification of the cartoon figure with dollar signs for eyes.

Noelle Thompson

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted April 10, 2009 at 5:47 AM (Answer #10)

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Fast food is cheap to produce and easy to sell. For every dollar that you spend, the seller spends about $.25. As ms-charleston-yawp stated in the previous post. It is a capitalist society, and money is the objective.

I typically purchase the dollar menu items, because that is enough. And, the added salt, flavor enhancers, sugars etc...are really cheap compared to "real" nutritious foods.

Think of fast food restaurants just as you would think of popcorn and coke at the movies, pretzels and chips, etc...it's a snack or "junk food". Fast food probably should not be the main course for any human simply because it is no "non-nutritious"  But, because it is filled with salt, sugar, and grease, we crave it.

 

 

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shortylocks10 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 26, 2009 at 1:50 PM (Answer #11)

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Fast food is most often horrific for our health and general well-being. Most fast food is pumped full of hormones, preservatives, and other chemicals. For example, KFC puts so many growth hormones into its chickens, their bodies become to large for their tiny legs to cary (this can be viewed on PETA2 videos, especially the Pamela Anderson expose on KFC).

 Due to the intense abuse, psychological trauma, and unhygienic conditions the farm animals are subjected to, they are given antibotics. When these hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, and other chemicals enter our bodies, they cause excessive weight gain and a host of other problems like diabetes, cancer, etc.

 Besides the food, the sodas offered at fast food joints are loded with sugar and carbonation. The diet sodas have an even more deadly chemical, aspartame.

 As for why fast food is sold to the public...

Fast food becomes addictive. It's fitting to the American, on-the-go lifestyle and it's cheap. That means the negligent fast food corporation owners can make a killing (no pun intended) from the disgusting and unhealthy food they sell.

thank  u  you realy  helped me understand why i always went  to  resturants  and thankes to u i  made a currnet event and got a 4  thankes  so much  kyerumption

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ilovemusic1225 | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted January 10, 2012 at 6:37 AM (Answer #13)

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Pha!!!! This topic gets me worked up! Fast food is the most destructive and toxic waste that we can intake. (That is unless you take drugs and alcohol, but that wouldn't apply to me because drugs and alcohol are GROSS!!!!) Anyways, its in our human nature to be greedy!! We LOVE money and that's our main goal to have money! So they think that by making food that is pleasing to especially children, parents are most likely going to give in and buy it for their kids so they don't continue to nag and nag. Also, fast food is relatively cheap and affordable so people aren't going to want to spend tons of money on groceries when they can go and get meals for $5 or $6. Which, spending money every day is more expensive than spending $200 on groceries because spending $5 a day will get you 40 meals. We also eat 3 meals a day and don't forget that most people have families. So if people were smart, they would spend the extra money to buy healthy food!!

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 28, 2012 at 2:41 PM (Answer #14)

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Many fast foods are high in calories and high in fat content which can be very unhealthy. The short answer as to why are these foods marketed and sold is that we BUY them. Convenience plays a part in the decisions we make as consumers. These foods are quick, easy to obtain, and don't require hours of preparation time in the kitchen.

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atyourservice | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted August 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM (Answer #15)

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It's capitalism, the way the system was built doesn't allow much for complete control. Fast food brings in capital, and capital keeps the economy going therefore the government knows better than to shut them down or regulate them too much. Fast food places also provide employment. And the fact that many people consume it is another factor why they keep selling it. Now is fast food good for a person? No, but it is a lifestyle for some people. I honestly think it should be more regulated, but hey I have no power.

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