For the past fifty years, fast food has become American staple food. Fast foods have the easiness of preparation in hotels as a quick meal. One may wonder why most people would prefer taking fast food instead of cooking, but who would not enjoy the convenience of paying only a few dollars to get a hot meal within five minutes? Most people would prefer buying fast food through a window of a vehicle instead of wasting time running to the grocery store to search for food products to cook. The easiness of getting fast foods has become an attractive option for many developed nations. In line with this, the focus is on fast foods nation.
The meteoric rise of the fast foods comes due to the change in the family structure as well as working in demanding jobs. Unlike the old times, today majority of modern women have their careers instead of being homemakers. In the past decades, women were expected to prepare meals from the scratch for their families. As women entered the workforce, people do not want to waste time preparing meals (Jakle & Sculle, 2008, p. 9). Instead, they have turned to purchasing fast foods, which are cheaper and readily available.
Cheap food is not good. Fast foods have a very bleak dark side. Various scientific researchers suggest that most of the fast foods are unhealthy and cause terrible diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart failure. These foods lack the essential nutrients required to make healthy food because they are too oily and contains many sodium contents that are harmful to the human body (Schlosser, 2012, p. 12). The state should educate people on benefits of cooking at their homes and dangers of fast food. This will reduce diseases associated with the fast food.