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Who is still eating fast food?

Posted by C.L. R.

I'm curious - I live in LA and practically no one here eats fast food. However, when I go back home to the Midwest, it's still a common thing. What regions have you noticed are still eating fast food?
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Everyone else in the world. I live in San Francisco and I feel like nobody I know eats fast food but when you get out in the burbs and there isn't a health-conscious community overall and people tend to drive a lot (hence, the drive-thru mode), I find that people eat fast food. When I visit friends in smaller towns across the country, there isn't as much variety in cuisines as you might find in a cosmopolitan city like San Francisco, so yeah, stopping in at your local Mickey D's might be more popular. Also, I have to say that the whole trend in organic and healthy food can be very alienating for communities of people who can't afford it or who don't have access to it. I think I once read that the Hunter's Point district in SF has seven convenience stores but no grocery stores whatsoever. WTF??? To a huge extent, I think it's up to us to stop being lazy and educate ourselves on what to eat and how to eat better, but access and economics can cause huge problems, so I remember not to be so self-righteous about what I do and don't eat. After all, I have more options than most. But that said, my idea of fast food is a Mission district burrito. Yummy!
That's crazy. It is hard to believe that there are areas of our country where there are convenience stores but no grocery stores. That is really ridiculous. It's interesting that you said self righteous - when I do go back home and turn up my nose to the fast food, people get very offended. They take it personally, as though I'm judging them for eating it. And, to be honest, I am a bit. But it's the same way that we look at a smoker and think - now you know that's bad for you... so, why?!
Well.... I see what you're saying, CLR. But then again, if you're poor, live in a neighborhood where there isn't access to organic or health food, and are working so hard you don't have time to cook a healthy meal, doesn't it make sense that you'd turn to fast food, which is quick and cheap? Honestly, I also think I look down a bit on people who can afford to buy healthy food and who have tons of resources in their neighborhoods, but I feel that I'm more understanding of people who are in economic conditions that prevent that. I think that local governments need to make a better effort to educate communities about healthy foods and to make sure that everyone has access to affordable groceries that meet daily health requirements.
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