World Health Organization (WHO)
Fast Food Industry Regulation
As western culture spreads, so is its way of feeding its citizens. The fast food industry has grown rapidly over the decades. Starting in the US , the fast food industry has spread internationally. Their global market consists of the US , Europe , Asia -Pacific, Argentina , Brazil , Canada , Chile , Colombia , Mexico and Venezuela . This industry offers quick and highly advertised food at low costs. However this quick fix for a dinner has caused some problems around the world. Not only does fast food cause health risks for the people that consume them but also the way the fast food industry advertises its food to children causes bad habits in later life. Additionally the increasing pollution/waste from fast food packaging, the increasing obesity and disease in cultures used to more natural diets, and mostly the seeming inevitability of moving these companies into other parts of the world.
A decade ago, McDonalds had about 3,000 restaurants outside the US ; today McDonald's is the world's leading food service retailer with more than 30,000 restaurants in 119 countries serving 47 million customers each day. In 1998, Coca-Cola sold more than 683 million drinks per day. Total sales for the company in 1998 were over $18.8 billion: a worldwide market share of 51%. The influence of fast food has become so great that 76% of beef consumption away from home is comprised of hamburgers and cheeseburgers, also 1/3 of all potatoes end up as French fries.
Fast food, put simply, is just food that can be prepared and served quickly. When it comes to the industry however things can get much more complicated. It comes in the form of TV dinners, restaurant chains, and hot dog stands. Because they are cheap to start, especially in areas with poor health codes, the business has expanded rapidly.
The concept of fast food actually originated from...