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Prices Not Listed on the Menu In Eric Schlossers first book Fast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All-American Meal 2001 through hard facts witty insight and meticulous research he produces a book-length view of how quickly and methodically the fast food business has taken over our country Schlosser tracks the fast food industry from Americas first infatuation with fast food to its origins in 1950s California and its global triumph Additionally Schlosser discusses the full transformation of our landscape work force economy pop culture and our diets This infiltration of the booming fast food industry has invaded every aspect of our culture Our diets are forever changed because of the fast food industry Peoples lives have become busier and busier leaving little time to sit for a meal The fast food business has taken advantage of this fact creating an easy solution for many Americans cheap food numerous locations and quick service When people started having to work longer hours and women started working also so that the family could have enough money to live the lifestyle theyve become accustomed to fast food restaurants became a necessity These restaurants provide busy people with a quick and cheap replacement for a meal But fast food establishments have been serving up a lot more than burgers and fries the lasting effects on diets have increased obesity and malnutrition among Americans As Schlosser writes The typical American now consumes approximately three hamburgers and four orders of french fries every week 6 Schlosser clearly illustrates through facts like these the damage this industry has had on the American way of eating One particular fast food chain Schlosser continues to use as an example in this book is the American favorite McDonalds Schlosser begins his deconstruction of the fast food industry with the analysis and history of McDonalds as an American economic power symbol He includes facts about the fast food industrys origins in McDonalds the
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