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Fast Food in American Culture What has the fast food industry done to our nation Fast food has been around for a long time but in the past few years people have been eating out at these fast food franchises quite The average American probably eats out at a fast food restaurant four to five times a week Murphy People now are getting lazy and are not cooking nutritious meals for their families Instead those families are going out eating fatty and greasy foods There are many factors that have caused Americans to eat out such as advertisement It is obvious that in todays society more heath problems are now arising due to this fast food craze But first take a look at how fast food became such a popular way of eating and living Carl N Karcher is one of the fast food industrys pioneers His life seemed at once to be a tale by Horatio Alger a fulfillment of the American dream and a warning about unintended consequences At the heart of the story is southern California whose cities became prototypes for the rest of the nation whose love of the automobile which gave people transportation to go out to eat changed what America looks like and what Americans eat By the end of 1944 Carl Karcher owned four hot dog carts in Los Angeles On January 16 1945 his 2 twenty-eighth birthday Carls Drive-In Barbeque opened its doors Once a week he prepared the special sauce for his hamburgers After World War II business soared at Carls Drive-In Barbeque along with the economy of southern California The first Carls Jr restaurant opened in 1956 Schlosser 18 The hamburger chain White Castle is credited with being the first fast food chain opening its first restaurant in 1921 Eleven years later White Castle initiated another lasting trend fast food advertising The restaurant placed coupons in a local
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