By – Annabelle Hoogakker and Willemijn Vos, The Netherlands
We are going to tell you something about a specific American thing: fast food. Fast food is globally really famous but specially in America. We think that fast food a big reason is for obese. It began with the first fish and chip shops in Britain in the 1860s. Drive-through restaurants were first popularized in the 1950s in the United States. You have a lot of reasons why people buy fast food. For example, it is cheap, you don’t have to make something buy yourself, you don’t have dishes afterwards, it is ready really fast, and you can pick it up after work. We think fast food will work as an addicting. When you ate it for one time and you like it, you will take it more and more times because it is easy. That’s the reason that a lot of American people have too much weight.
McDonald’s is one of the biggest fast food restaurants globally; daily they serve approximately 68 million customers in 119 countries across 36,615 restaurants around the world. McDonald’s was established on May 15th 1940, in San Bernardino, California by Richard and Maurice McDonald’s. The restaurants serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken product’s, French fries, breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes and desserts, but they added salads, wraps, smoothies and fruits to the menu. There is a lot of criticism against the McDonalds. Large cities like Chicago and New York are accusing the McDonald’s menu of being a threat to American health, and they blame McDonald’s for persuading people to eat more fast food, especially children. With their happy meal, play grounds and commercials they tempt children to buy fast food for a toy or to come and play. McDonald’s response to the criticism is that it is the people’s own responsibility to stay healthy. The people choose to eat fast food and they know it is unhealthy.
We interviewed two people from the EF school about fast food. We asked them the same questions. Their answers were surprisingly really similar. Both didn’t like fast food that much, but if they had to go to a fast food restaurant they would choose The Habit. They both thought that fast food restaurants cause obese because it is easier, quicker, and cheaper and you don’t have to cook yourself.