Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know about Fast Food

by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson

Some teens may not want to read this book, as it might make them regret ever visiting... read more

Some teens may not want to read this book, as it might make them regret ever visiting their favorite burger joint! This version of Schlosser’s famous Fast Food Nation published for teens reveals the myriad ways the fast food industries take advantage of consumers, particularly children and teens, whose lifestyles and pocketbooks lead them to poor eating habits. These habits have lifetime repercussions. From Coca Colainfiltration of small Alaskan villages where dental care is scarce to fast food chains’ predatory locations near schools, the hazards of fast food and a sedentary lifestyle are well documented. Photographs compare healthy bodies to unhealthy bodies, with poor eating habits blamed on the difference. The living conditions of animals that become fast food are examined, as is the use of artificial ingredients that may add flavor but may also add health risks. Without being excessively preachy, Schlosser allows the facts and numbers to speak for themselves, and includes source notes for readers who want to do further research. (Age 12 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

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