Monday, January 10, 2011

One of the leading New Years resolutions is choosing a healthier diet. With that thought in mind, I've selected "Chew On This" by Eric Schlosser, the author of Fast Food Nation, and Charles Wilson.

"Chew on This" is an eye-opening look at fast food: how it's made, what it contains and the ways in which in affects the body. The book provides a history of the fast food industry. Readers are given a look at the manufacture and distribution of foods from tours of feedlots and a chicken processing plant through to the pricing and marketing of products and the pay and working conditions of employees.

The writers clearly have a strong point of view that they support with statistics and published research. Though the text can be stomach turning in places, the authors make a strong argument against the marketing tactics that target children. For example, McDonald's distributes 1.5 billion toys a year. In addition to documenting the manufacture of fast food burgers, fries and shakes, the book also provides readers with an opportunity to compare healthy and damaged organs.

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

I thought this was a great book, and my students do check it out, although it is still a bit long for many of them.

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