Many restaurants have a dollar menu or a value menu, where food is offered for a cheap price. Meals are around $5-$6 and by buying more food to make it a meal, money is being saved. An entrée, side, and a drink on their own could be close to $7-$8, but by making a meal out of it, a dollar or two is saved. This seems to lure people into buying meals because they are technically saving money and getting more food out of it. 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.
According to some of my friends, their parents buy more unprocessed and local foods rather than the usual processed foods (Mei, Murray). There could also be children, or teens, whose parents simply don’t allow them to eat at a fast-food restaurant quite often. Unfortunately, according to the table below McDonald’s seems to be the fast-food chain restaurant that is targeting the youth the most (see table 1). Nowadays, many parents tend to take their kids to a fast-food restaurant simply because it’s easier and faster to order food then it is to cook an entire meal (Murray). Not only is eating out, or at least take out, efficient, but it’s also less stressful on the parents.
Like stated above, salads can have more trans-fat and saturated fat than a burger combo! There are always healthy options when a person goes out to eat, but it is up to the consumer to do their own research before they go out. “Eat at one’s own risk” should be posted outside of most fast food restaurants. As consumers, we as a population may never know the complete truth about what goes into fast food, or what makes it so delicious that people can’t stop eating it, but people can research to know that they can eat a double cheeseburger, but they should just ask the server to hold all the sauces besides mustard. A mustard cheeseburger with pickles from McDonalds is just 400 calories.
Instead of snacking on cookies, replacing that with maybe trail mix or yogurt is a good option. Anything with less fat and sugar, and more fiber and vegetables is good. Packing children’s school lunch is about the healthiest, most nutritious filled lunch they can receive at
Most Americans want to use their time efficiently, which allows them to achieve desirable goals. Fast food chains offer Americans the opportunity to save time. Preparing French fries, fried chicken, and hamburgers in fast food restaurant only takes a few minutes, which satisfies people’s demands and expectations. For example, I often see some students or commuters buying breakfast at a fast-food restaurant when they are in a hurry to go to school or work. Also, when our family has a journey by car, we like to take a break at a fast-food restaurant.
People who eat outside from fast food can gain more than 2,500 calories than who eat from their houses. “Each food away from home meal adds 108 more calories to daily total intake among children ages 13-18 than a snack or meal from home” (Mancino, et al, October, 2010). In other words, fast food contains a lot of chemical materials whereas home food could be organic. People want something very fast for quick life. They do not have much time for preparing a home meal.
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.
In the meal, the customer would receive a hamburger, fries, chicken nuggets and a drink. Another company that advertises their cheap prices is McDonald’s. The particular advertisement that I found was for their Filet-o-Fish sandwich that only costs two dollars (Appendix B). The advertising of cheap food is just helping the cheap food revolution. I think an interesting aspect of this advertising technique was that both examples that I found were fast food restaurants.
“The wraps and sandwiches are usually good, [the Churchill dining hall] has a grill and a great salad bar. The Wrap on Campus has a ton of healthier choices. Whole Foods is right around the corner and I haven’t found a better grocery store.” Ellen Glovsky, a health professor from the Bouve College of Health Sciences agrees that eating healthy on a hectic schedule and tight budget may be a challenge. “I know that students try to eat well but often are unsuccessful,” she says. “It is possible, however, with some creativity and advance planning.”
Health risk can be avoided if food choices were better; however, spending a high amount on a healthy meal vs a budget meal doesn’t quite fit well with most Americans today. A logical way to encourage healthy eating, higher taxes should be imposed on soft drinks and foods less beneficial rather than nutritious foods and drinks. “The price of eating the daily recommended servings of healthy fruits and vegetables may be too high for low-income families,” stated in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Households that are in this kind of situation on a fixed income can not help but draw towards cheap fast food meals and high in fat foods in the grocery store aisles. There are some families that simply choose to eat poorly but in most cases choosing foods high in calories isn’t always intentional.