I believe in Fast Food

Kyle - Wilmington, North Carolina
Entered on April 15, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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On every other commercial or billboard on the street, there is someone trying to advertise a plan for a thinner, happier lifestyle. These ads post flawless and fake, young women with hour glass figures fueling up jealousy in average women to get leaner. Then there are studies that show that over consumption of calorie packed foods at your local fast food chain can lead to serious health risk. 830 calories in Wendy’s baconator, 540 calories in a McDonalds Big Mac, and 410 calories in a Chick-fil-a Classic Chicken Sandwich; no wonder experts are lead to believe this.

But to some people, like me, all of these warnings and thoughts of obesity don’t seem to phase me. I like to eat greasy Big Mac’s regardless of how many calories and fat it may contain. When I’m indulging a big, fat, juicy burger covered in American cheese, ketchup, and hickory smoked bacon or a white-meat chicken sandwich with pickles and mayonnaise, I don’t think about all of that other stuff. I don’t worry about all those experts and all of those commercials telling me that eating an unhealthy meal is bad for me.

There are times when I don’t want to go to an expensive, fancy restaurant with skillful waiters and waitresses. Sometimes I just want to pull up to the drive-thru, order my food, and get on my way in a few moments with a bag full of so called, “junk”. Just eating a scrumptious, unhealthy treat and not caring about what anyone says bring me satisfaction. People who don’t enjoy eating fast food are too stuck up.

At least once a week, my family and I go out to eat dinner at a nearby restaurant. Sometimes I am not in the mood for the place we are going and I ask to stop at a fast food joint. I like fast food because it is plain and simple, unlike a typical restaurant, which you have to get dressed up for. This unique, yet simple meal reminds me about my perspective on my life. I like to wear an athletic t-shirt and a pair of shorts on a normal day, and I rarely like to get dressed up. No one at a McDonalds is going to question my clothes.

I live a typical American lifestyle, which is sort of the typical American food, a cheese burger. I go to school, hang out with my friends, and play sports just like any other kid would, unique and simple. Like the cheese burger, my life consists of basic ingredients, with a few extra toppings thrown in every now and then. The basic ingredients of my life are my family and all the activities I do each day. The toppings are all the stuff that may be added on as I go threw my daily grind. So you see, fast food isn’t just something you consume, it can be used as a symbol of life. I believe in fast food and its influence on my life.