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Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal is Doing to the World

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1461
  1. Chin Woo Jung (, intern in internal medicine
  1. Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California

    Eric Schlosser

    Penguin Books, £6.99, pp 400

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    ISBN 0 14 100687 0

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    According to Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser's exhaustive account of the fast food industry in the United States, Americans spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music—combined. “In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food; in 2000, they spent more than $110 billion,” the book begins.

    Schlosser, a writer for Atlantic Monthly, spent two years delving into virtually every corner of this sprawling and pervasive industry. He went to the meatpacking plants that dot the Great Plains, where legions of undocumented Hispanic workers risk life and limb daily to …

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