One of the more detrimental inventions of our era, that the world would most certainly be better off without is, the fast food chain industry. Since their conception, they have lead to many problems with obesity rates, e, coli outbreaks, animal cruelty and the unnatural mutation of meat that is processed.
People in america spend more money on fast food a year than they do on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos and records combined. On any given day, millions of people scarf down the staple of fast food chains and the average fast food meal is filled with thousands of calories and fat grams. The average can of soda is contains the equivalent of 10 tablespoons of sugar. In a study published by “The Lancet” researchers found that eating more than twice per week at fast food places is significantly linked to more weight gain overtime with more than the occasional visit. Fast food chains have also been found to lead to significant health problems such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular issues. In a study published by the “Canadian Journal of Public Health” in 2005, researchers found that regions with high concentrations of fast food restaurants are 2.62 times more likely to have extremely high levels of hospitalization for coronary problems.
Along with several health risks, fast food chains can sprout potential E. coli outbreaks which can lead to more morbid problems. E. Coli is a bacterium commonly found in the intestines of humans and other animals. However, some strains can cause severe food poisoning. From 1994 to 2014, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified fast food restaurants as the source of 365 e. coli outbreaks. Each day in the United States, roughly 200,000 people fall sick to food borne pathogens, which are often found in ground beef. Of those that fall ill, 900 of them are hospitalized, and 14 die annually. Also, A 1996 Agriculture Department study that found that 78.6 percent of ground beef samples from processing plants around the country contained microbes that are spread primarily by fecal material.
Another side effect of the abundance of fast food chains is the cutback on family dinner time. The great appeal about fast food places are that they are cheap, easy to reach and give you food you want in breakneck time when you're in a hurry or don’t feel like cooking. However, while we gain a dollar or hour saved on cooking from scratch, we lose the sentimental time spent making a meal with our loved ones. The laughter and bonding shared when creating a meal together, is irreplaceable compared to the quick five minute chow at the drive thru.
The entity of fast food chains all around the world poses major problems for our society. Fast food chains give us more problems - from potential coronary problems to exposure to e. coli material - than they give us good food and that’s why the world would be better off without them.