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Fast food does more good than harm.

PRO (8 assertions)

No framework.

1. Assertion: Fast food gives poor people a cheap way of feeding themselves.

Reasoning: Many people cannot afford to by food items like fruits and vegetables and would starve to death unless they could find a quick, easy, and affordable food source with many calories to fit their hard, labourous lives. This is fast food, which meets this situation beautifully

Evidence: In the documentary Food. Inc., 130 families of four are surveyed as to why they continuously buy fast food and why they don’t be the fruits and vegetables presented at their local supermarket. Their answers: Fast food was quick and easy, and that they could only afford fast food and didn’t want to starve



2. Assertion: Fast food is a quick meal for people on the go.

Reasoning: Fast food is a quick, cheap meal for people on the go. In today’s society, saving time is everything. Instead of standing by a stove for 2 hours cooking, with fast food, today’s workers can use those 2 hours to do something productive

Evidence: In today’s society, with fast e-mail and computers, everything needs to be done fast. It is what runs our society. According to the NYTimes, in the 1920s, a job done well was done within a couple weeks. In the 1950s, it was done within a week. In the 1990s, it was done in three days. And in today’s society, what used to take 2 weeks to do is now expected to take a day.  And no, not because of tech. Because humans still feel the stress and technology cannot alleviate this. While technology may change to cope with this high demand, humans cannot and have not.

3. Assertion: Fast food is not a problem- overeating is.

Reasoning: Fast food itself is not harming customers- it is the unnecessary consumption of it. A cheesburger once a month won’t do anything, but overating will definetly harm the patient. It isn’t fast food’s fault Anything in excess is bad.

Fast food inherently isn’t bad, but the abuse of it is bad. And NO, fast food is not in itself addictive. If you eat a couple of cheeseburgers a month, you do not become instantly addicted to it. Only the overeating in the first place causes people to become addicted to it. First you overeat, then you become addicted Remember, in our def…

Evidence: Look around you. Everyone in this room has probably eaten in a fast food restaurant sometime in his or her life. But is every one in this room addicted to fast food? No. Millions of Americans who eat fast food aren’t addicted to it and aren’t overweight. It’s just the select few that naturally overeat ruin it for everyone. Everything is harmful in excess amounts. Even vitamins and nutrients. Not fast food’s fault that people are fat

4. Assertion: Fast food is cheap and quick and is ideal for most people.

Reasoning: No matter how much people praise the benefits of homemade food cooked for hours with love, at the end of a hard working day, when one returns home tired and hungry, a pizza or a burger can be a godsend. Also, cooking a meal requires one to go to the supermarket and buy all the ingredients for the dish, plus the added effort and time needed to cook the meal. Fast food is quick and readily prepared, so that people can make better use of their time than standing around a stove.

Assertions #5, 6, 7, 8

CON (6 assertions)


Fast Food: the concept of preparing a meal quickly while charging little cost to the customer and serving the meal either hot or freshly prepared In it’s perfect sense

Good than harm: whether the concept does more good or harm to the economy_ This def doesn’t include health or ingredient kinds, because these are subjective, as fast food ranges from burgers to fresh subs. We cannot judge fast food on its healthy content because of the many possible interpretations of what fast food is and what is not. Judging fast food on its health content would be like saying all Chinese food is unhealthy because of its deep fried chicken and dumplings, even though one didn’t consider the other healthier choices available, such as shrimp rolls and salads.


1. Assertion: Fast food takes advantage of children.

Reasoning: Fast food gives away free toys and other promotional items that lure innocent children into their door. Ads featuring characters such as Ronald McDonald and Burger King’s King are just taking advantage of the younger people in our country. These kids are too young to make educated descisions about their diets, and so, are unrighteously drawn into fast food restaurants and health problems due to smiling clowns and free give-away toys.

Evidence: Fast food’s aggressive advertising towards young children has already been prohibited in some parts of the country. In San Fransisco, it is against the law now to give away free toys w/ fast food meals. Also, according to the book Chew On This, last year, fast food restaurants spent of $900 million towards direct advertising to children. Unnecessary aggressive advertsing is a sad byproduct of fast food, which has to go. 


2. Assertion: Fast food actually hurts our economy.

Reasoning: Due to fast food, many medical problems develop in regular customers. The cost of health care for these people is tremendous, costing many people thousands and thousands of dollars that could have been going to better use

Evidence: According to the book “Fast Food Nation”, the annual health care costs in the U.S. stemming from obesity, diabetes and fast food approaches $240 billion. This cancels out the economic benefits of fast food, which is fast food’s only real plus, and when one factors in the irreversible health damages caused to customers, fast food definetly does more good than harm


3. Assertion: Fast food is addictive.

Reasoning: The fast food industry brainwashes your mind by putting special substances in your food to make you come back for more. This increases health risks and puts you at a risk of death or other harmful effects.

Evidence: High-fructose corn syrup (which tricks your body into wanting to eat more and to store more fat) first appeared in 1967, and the average American now consumes 63 pounds of it a year. It is ubiquitous in fast foods. The restaurants are taking advantages of evolutionary traits we developed that we don’t need anymore to overstuff us, take our money, and give us heart disease

Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food (book)

4. Assertion: The way animals are treated is inhumane in fast food plants.

Reasoning: The fast food industry has dramatically affected how cattle and chickens are raised, slaughtered, and processed. It also encouraged consolidation in the meatpacking industry, such that there are now only 13 major meatpackers in America. Animals have been abused, cruelly slaughtered, and harmed.

Evidence: McDonald’s is the largest purchaser of beef and has great influence over meatpacking practices.

In 2004, PETA released a video taken at Pilgrim’s Pride, a chicken supplier to fast food restaurants, which showed intense animal cruelty such as stomping, kicking, and throwing chickens against walls.

A genetically engineered hormone called rBGH is given to cows in the U.S. to increase milk production—even though its chemical byproducts may be carcinogenic [can cause cancer]. Residues of rBGH have been found in meat products, such as hamburgers sold in fast food chains.


Assertions #5, 6