A juicy burger with a side of greasy, salted fries with a large fountain drink has become the American definition of lunch.
Lunch on the go becomes ever more prevalent as more Americans live fast-paced lives.
Fast food restaurants are a continuously growing trend and are constantly making changes to their menus just to increase the convenience of their value meals.
Currently, there are 160,000 fast food restaurants in the country that serve about 50 million Americans daily.
The annual revenue for fast food restaurants is about $110 billion. And we wonder why our obesity rates are so high.
Fried, breaded, salted, greased—they all make our taste buds happy but our wallets and well-being suffer in the long run.
As if the health issues are not enough, fast food franchises strive to make their meals the easiest to eat on the go.
Sonic, Burger King and Wendy’s have all adapted their French fry carriers to fit securely into the cup holder of automobiles.
The most recent invention is from KFC called the “Go Cup.” It is literally a cup with your choice of fried chicken strips or a fried chicken sandwich and fries in a plastic cup.
So now your drink and your food can sit nicely in the cup holder.
This is absurd. And it is a problem.
Our sodium, cholesterol, carbohydrate and blood sugar levels are already high, and now the fast food industry is sublimely promoting laziness.
Yes, driving up to the intercom, placing your order, driving to the first window and paying, then driving to the second window to receive your food is a huge time saver, but for what?
What is the huge hurry?
That is the trick; there is no hurry, usually. It really is just the result of the driver not wanting to park, get out of the car, walk into the restaurant, order and eat inside.
Americans have become accustomed to taking the easy way out, saving them time and effort.
What’s next? Are they going to invent containers that can sit in our lap as we drive and feed us our food?
They might as well since that is the direction America is headed.
There is a line between being convenient and being lazy, and thanks to the contributions of fast food restaurants that line has been severely blurred for Americans.
We complain about our obesity rates being too high and wanting to bring them down, yet our lunch of choice is a Big Mac and large fries.
Then we complain our society does not exercise enough because we are too lazy but we go through the drive through and get fried chicken in a cup to eat on the road.
What is it you want? Skinny and healthy or fat and convenient, because we cannot have our cake and eat it, too.