“With many schools districts facing budget shortfalls, a quick solution has come from offering more profitable fast food” (Barboza 17). In order to keep their jobs schools shouldn’t directly turn to fast food. It shouldn’t be the job of schools to decide what is fed to the children but the parents job to help decide what is best to feed their children, since the children do not know what is best for them. Money shouldn’t always be the reason that school turn to fast food companies for help. The school should receive help from it’s community so the children who go their have a place they can go and receive good quality information.
At fast food restaurants, they have cut the sizes of shakes, fries, and other foods in order to keep prices set at $1 and not give away the store. Fast food owners are not a fan of the dollar menus for the reason that there is not much profit being earned. Although owners are not fond of the menus, customers are very fond of them and owners know this will increase the amount of customers coming back to their restaurants (Tuttle, 2014). Parents are more prone to go to a fast food restaurant for dinner since it is fast, efficient, and affordable. A family of five can easily eat at McDonald’s for $20-$25, while going out to a real restaurant would be around $50 or more.
Fast-food restaurants use the marketing of toys to grab the attention of children and then attract their parent’s attention to take them to buy a meal with a toy. Santa Clara County in California has “voted to ban the practice of pairing toys with high-calorie meals targeted to children, while allowing toys to be paired with meals that meet certain nutritional guidelines” (McAlister and Cornwell 195). If the majority of the United States voted to pass a law like Santa Clara County then the obesity rate in children would decrease dramatically. Today, fast-food commercials are getting out of hand because they portray the food product to be healthy or display a positive message with a toy being a bonus. The largest fast food company in the world is McDonald’s and they use all types of marketing techniques to target children to buy their food.
Fast food chains marketing to children For years fast food chains has tried to market to children trying to lure them in to buying their product. They use different types of marketing strategies in order to get kids to want their product. Parents don’t realize the negative effects of their kids eating fast food during their devilment stages. These companies are making millions of dollars marketing to children, and are not concerned about the well being of the children. Fast food chains should not be marketing to children, because it has a negative effect on children’s health, kids are not old enough to fully understand how bad fast food is for them, and marketing to children is part of the reason the childhood obesity rates are so high.
The atmosphere of the neighborhood and household is a justification on how parents are the influence to their kids bodies. If a neighborhood is close to fast food restaurants it could lead to bad eating habits like going there everyday and buying a burger off the dollar menu. In addition, if say a family does not bring in a high-income that could cause bad eating habits also. If parents do not bring a big income and have to have a budget, fast food is the way to go. Easy, fast, and cheap.
Many Americans have busy lives and do not have time to cook for themselves, so eating out seems to be easier and more convenient. It is often said that eating out is less expensive than cooking a meal at home (Muntel 1). People buy fast food to get food fast (Ervin 1). Fast food restaurants are located virtually everywhere making it an easy option. Fast food is cheap, and usually a person can get a great deal for just a dollar.
However, if more people knew about the ingredients and preparation of the food that they are eating, many would turn away. Due to misleading advertisements, fast food lures people in to make purchases, but it can be a serious detriment to their heath while leading to diseases such as cancer and obesity. In order to save many from falling victim to the fast food market, increased education should be put into place, targeted at improving youth’s knowledge about advertisements and ingredients used. There should also be healthier options to rival the fast food industry in restaurants and schools. Children are known for their naivety and easily persuaded personas.
First, I will briefly describe the definition of fast food and the negative effects of advertising fast food to children under the age of 12. They are considered harmful to children, encouraging long term unhealthy diets for children, which lead children to obesity. I will give examples of some countries that already ban fast food advertising during children’s programming and state some simple solutions to solve the problems. The definition of fast food is convenient food which is prepared and served quickly at a fast food restaurant. It is easily nearby anywhere and customers can take home with drive-thru pick up in order to save time.
Before 2010, students were allowed to choose from whatever hot foods line they wanted and the food wasn’t as regulated. Then the government came in to change the school lunches for the better, to make them healthier. But not many students wanted to acclimate to what they are being served. The snack lines became longer and hot lunches unwanted. Shanthy Bowman says, “Adolescence represents a time of increasing autonomy, and teenagers purchase more fast food with their own money” (web).
If people who are hurry to get their food and do not have much time to eat, fast food must the good choice for them. McDonald, KFC, and Popeye would be the first few restaurants show up in people’s mind, but still has many healthy fast foods in the United States. Today, there are many different kinds of fast food restaurants in United States; lots of people choose to eat fast food as their meal daily. Even eating fast food can save time and money, still have many negative sides of choosing fast food. The first benefit of fast food is saving time because some people may spend lots of time of their jobs or other things.