Fast foods are a major cause of obesity in the United States. Owing to the trend of fast foods in American culture, the people have become very lazy. People would prefer to wait in their cars for an hour in the long drive through queues to pick up the food through a window rather than walking inside the fast food and getting the meal within five minutes at most. Moreover having readymade food or fast food especially pizza, lasagna, Chow Mein, etc. delivered at doorsteps on weekends or while watching a movie at home poses a big problem.
This is because while watching TV people do not realize how much they are eating. They have easy access to foods such as pizza, chips, candy, popcorn, hot dogs, and soda. All these foods have high doses of calories. They are delicious tasting and people never settle for one shift alone. So within the course of a movie, they take in thousands of calories. Public events such as festivals, cinema hallway’ s and birthday parties provide easy access to foods such as popcorn, burgers, chips, cold drinks, etc.
As a matter of fact, it has become customary to eat popcorns while watching a movie. My observation of the American culture is not solely based on what I noticed at the Starbucks coffee shop. I have been living in the United States for over two years now. I have observed how fast foods have somewhat become a part of the American culture. The prices although are concerning yet the advertisements are so luring that there’ s hardly a moment when a fast food is without customers.
We find promotional advertisements of fast foods in the streets, on TV, in magazines, on radio and on the Internet on video sharing sites such as ‘ youtube’ . Being bombarded constantly by these commercials, the way we think changes. It affects how we decide what to eat by making choices that save us money while eating fancy. Starbucks forced me to think about my home country, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian culture has a similarity with that of States in the matter of drinks and fast foods. The ordering trend of big sized drinks is somewhat similar to the Saudi Arabian trend.
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