Kids love fast food. And the fast food industry definitely loves kids. It
couldnt survive without them. Did you know that the biggest toy company in
the world is McDonalds? Its true. In fact, one out of every three toys
given to a child in the United States each year is from a fast food
Not only has fast food reached into the toy industry, its moving into our schools. One out of every five public schools in the United States now serves brand name fast food. But do kids know what theyre eating? Where do fast food hamburgers come from? And what makes those fries taste so good?
When Eric Schlossers best-selling book, Fast Food Nation, was published for adults in 2001, many called for his groundbreaking insight to be shared with young people. Now Schlosser, along with co-writer Charles Wilson, has investigated the subject further, uncovering new facts children need to know.
In Chew On This, they share with kids the fascinating and sometimes frightening truth about what lurks between those sesame seed buns, what a chicken nugget really is, and how the fast food industry has been feeding off children for generations.
Featuring cover art by M. Wartella.
Pull open the glass door and feel the rush of cool air. Step inside. Look at the
backlit color pictures of food above the counter, look at the cardboard ads for
the latest Disney movie, get in line, and place your order. Hand over some
money. Put the change back in your pocket. Watch teenagers in blue-and-
gold uniforms busy working in the kitchen. Moments later, grab the plastic
tray with your food, find an empty table, and sit down. Unwrap the burger,
squirt ketchup on the fries, stick the plastic straw through the hole in the lid
of your drink. Pick up the burger and dig in.
The whole experience of eating at a fast-food restaurant has become so familiar, so routine, that we take it for granted. It has become just another habit, like brushing your teeth before bed. We do it without even thinking about itand thats the problem.
Every day about one out of fourteen Americans eats at a McDonalds. Every month about nine out of ten American...
Chew On This doesn't simply regurgitate the "original" (Fast Food Nation) in a simpler form; instead the information has been substantially rewritten to be of interest to a younger audience, with additional information added, such as how the fast-food industry affects the lives of young people beyond simply eating the stuff.
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Eric Schlosser, an award-winning journalist, is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly. His 2001 book, Fast Food Nation, is assigned reading at universities across the country; he is also the author of Reefer Madness (2003). He is currently working on a book about the prison system.
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