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Fast food chains

by Valeria Marchetti

While posh restaurants are struggling to survive, fast food chains in the UK are making huge profits.

According to Metro, Domino’s Pizza has seen an annual growth in profit by almost twenty-five percent and KFC claims that they will announce 9,000 new job opportunities.

The Chief Executive of KFC, Martin Shuker said that his chain was doing well because it, “could feed a family of four for a tenner.”

Long queues and crowded till areas is not an unusual sight at fast food outlets and there is no doubt that this is a result of the low cost menu they offer.

Katherine and Kerry regular Mc Donald's customers both 16, admit, “We go to Mc Donalds at least twice a week. We know is not healthy but it’s cheap and we like it.”

Many people find it convenient to visit fast food restaurants. “My life is so busy and I don’t time to prepare lunch at home,” says Mary, 36.

“I am consciously aware that it is not the best way to eat but it is helpful”.

The other side of the coin

The American Stroke Association shows concern about this trend. Recent research highlights that:

• Locals residing close to fast food restaurants have a 13 percent higher relative risk of suffering ischemic strokes than those living in areas with lower numbers of restaurants.

• The relative risk of stroke increased 1 percent for each fast-food restaurant in a neighbourhood.

However, researchers say the discovery of increased risk only demonstrates an association, it does not prove that fast-food restaurants raise stroke risk.

 

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