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America has now become the fattest nation in the world. Congratulations. Nearly one hundred million Americans are today either overweight or obese. That’s more than 60% of all US adults. Morgan Spurlock, Supersize Me, 2004
People were suing the golden arches for selling them food most of us know isn’t good for you to begin with. Yet each day one in four Americans visits a fast food restaurant. ibid.
They’re everywhere ... even hospitals. ibid.
What would happen if I ate nothing for McDonald’s for thirty days straight? Would I suddenly be on the fast track to becoming an obese American? Would it be unreasonably dangerous? Let‘s find out. I’m ready. Supersize me. ibid.
There are more Micky D’s in Manhattan than anywhere else in the world. This tiny little island is less than thirteen miles long by two miles wide – 22.4 square miles – and packed into that area are eighty-three McDonald’s, nearly four per square mile. ibid.
22 minutes later: I’m dying. ibid.
The toxic environment is constant access to cheap fat-laden foods. ibid.
McDonald’s stated in their own defence that, ‘It is a matter of common knowledge that any processing that its foods undergo serve to make them more harmful than unprocessed foods’. ibid.
Only half the McDonald’s in Manhattan had the nutrition info posted on the wall. ibid.
Houston, Texas, the fattest city in America. ibid.
Apparently, we are not only the fattest nation in the world, but we were quickly becoming the stupidest. ibid.
Even the salads contain sugar. ibid.
In only thirty days of eating nothing but McDonald’s I gained twenty-four and a half pounds, my liver turned to fat, and my cholesterol shot up sixty-five points. ibid.
Some people even eat it every day ... Don Gorske has eaten 19,852 Big Macs. ibid.
In Paris you can buy a beer in McDonald’s. And you know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Paris? ... Royale with cheese. Pulp Fiction 1994 ***** starring Uma Thurman & John Travolta & Samuel L Jackson & Harvey Keitel & Tim Roth & Amanda Plummer & Maria de Medeiros & Ving Rhames & Eric Stoltz & Rosanna Arquette & Bruce Willis & Christopher Walken et al, director Quentin Tarantino, Vincent to Jules
Looks like me and Vincent caught you boys at breakfast. Sorry about that. What ya having? Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast. What kind of hamburgers? No where’d you get them? McDonald’s? Wendy’s? Jack in the Box? Where? Big Kahuna Burgers! ibid. Jules
I’ll have the Derwood Kirby Burger. Bloody. And the five dollar shake. ibid. Mia
That’s a pretty fucking good milkshake. ibid. Vincent to Mia
All-American High: can fast food alter your brain in the same way as tobacco and heroin? New Scientist front cover
Eating at fast food outlets and other restaurants is simply a manifestation of the commodification of time coupled with the relatively low value many Americans have placed on the food they eat. Andrew F Smith, Encyclopaedia of Junk Food and Fast Food, 2006
The journey of a thousand pounds begins with a single burger. Chris O’Brien
We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police. Jeff Arder
Bashing fast food is bullshit. Penn & Teller, Bullshit! s8e2: Fast Food, Showtime 2010
Fast food is the new public enemy number one. And it’s being blamed for an obesity epidemic. ibid.
It’s also really fun. Dr Brian Wansink, author Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
I think America’s food culture is embedded in fast-food culture. And the real question that we have is – how are we going to teach slow-food values in a fast-food world? Of course, it’s very, very difficult to do, especially when children have grown up eating fast food and the values that go with that. Alice Waters
We don’t walk. We overeat because we’ve made it easy to overeat. We have fast-food joints on every corner. By the way, the ‘we’ is all of us. It’s not the government. It’s all of us doing this together. Mehmet Oz
The fast-food industry is in very good company with the lead industry and the tobacco industry in how it tries to mislead the public, and how aggressively it goes after anybody who criticizes its business practices. Eric Schlosser
Fast food chains spend a large amount of marketing to get the attention of children. People form their eating habits as children so they try to nurture clients as youngsters. Eric Schlosser
Studies have found that preparing your own food is usually healthier and less expensive than buying fast food. But most people just don't have the time. Eric Schlosser
The history of the twentieth century was dominated by the struggle against totalitarian systems of state power. The twenty-first will no doubt be marked by a struggle to curtail excessive corporate power. Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food; in 2000, they spent more than $110 billion. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music – combined. ibid.
It was the arrival of McDonald’s in Britain that was to really transform the way Britons ate. Jacques Peretti, The Men Who Made Us Fat II, BBC 2012
Across Britain the new counter-service restaurants offered faster food for a faster lifestyle. ibid.
McDonald’s didn’t want to bring in the value meal. ibid.
The value meal was rolled out globally. Within three years it accounted for almost half all meals sold. ibid.
More money on takeaways than on fresh fruit and vegetables. ibid.
It is the parents who have to take responsibility for what their children eat. McDonald’s corporation
As a company over many years we have promoted a healthy active lifestyle. McDonald’s corporation
I’m famous for splurging at fast-food places. I’m currently obsessed with Taco Bell’s bean and cheese burritos with extra green sauce and extra cheese. Gluttony! Fergie
McDonald’s – Over 9 Billion Served – ‘Mephistopheles’. Dark Shadows 2012 starring Johnny Depp & Michelle Pfeiffer & & Helena Bonham Carter & Eva Green & Jackie Earle Haley & Jonny Lee Miller & Chloe Grace Moretz & Bella Heathcote et al, director Tim Burton
There’s no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap. Kevin James
Could I have a hundred burgers? Mark Thomas Comedy Project s1e2, Mark with van drives through McDonald’s, then tries to re-sell burgers kerbside, Channel 4 1996
Ronald McDonald is the children’s friend … Fun is crucial at McDonald’s. ibid. spokeswoman interview
I did a commercial for Pizza Hut … I did have a spitbucket … JoyCamp: Pizza the Hut
Three double cheeseburgers, three large fries, one special salad and three diet cokes: would you like a desert with that? You get a free dessert cause you spent over ten pound issit. Have you got everything from your server that you asked for? … But is it the best that you’ve ever been served in a burger bar? … Employee of the month though … The Catherine Tate Show s3e1, BBC 2006