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Posted August 8, 2009 at 4:47 AM via web

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What insight into society or human nature does Fast Food Nation offer? In other words, what message is the author trying to relate?

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 8, 2009 at 6:19 AM (Answer #1)

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Eric Schlosser's message from Fast Food Nation is quite similar to Morgan Spurlock's message from his documentary Supersize Me. Both writers believe that Americans' craving for immediacy and convenience has infiltrated all aspects of our lives, especially ourhealth. Schlosser focuses on the fast industry because it clearly demonstrates that we knowingly put our health at risk in order to have food quickly and inexpensively.

The industry, according to Schlosser, mirrors our love of excess.  American fast food meals are bigger than they are in other countries, and we have the "value" sizes that many nations do not even offer.  The book also focuses on the need that many Americans feel to rush, rush, rush. We are so busy working, running children to an excessive number of activities, or living lavish lives, that we no longer have time to sit down to a dinner at home--a time that used to represent the average American family.

In connection to the actual industry, Schlosser points out the greed of many corporations, something that now is evident even outside the fast food companies; so his book is still timely. Fast food companies, especially, know the effect that their business has on their customers' well being, and yet they constantly develop new ways to sell more of their product in a single setting and even to make it addictive. Undeniably, the industry represents the corruption of the American Dream, not only from the corporate standpoint but also from the customer's perspective.

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