Book Review: "Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food" by Eric Schlosser & Charles Wilson

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Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want To Know About Fast Food

Authored by Eric Schlosser & Charles Wilson

Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2006

Book Review by Lucine Kasbarian for IndyKids newspaper, Summer 2006


Did you know that if you take the 13 million hamburgers that Americans eat every year and put them in a straight line, they could circle the earth more than 32 times?


Did you know that chickens are sometimes thrown against walls as a form of slaughter?


Startling facts appear in Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food, which weaves historical summaries, shocking statistics and moving profiles of teens whose lives have been tainted by the fast food industry.


The authors reveal facts that big businesses will not, such as what makes fast food manufacturing methods so unhealthy, how fast food workers are taken advantage of, and how shifty advertising techniques are used to tempt kids to eat junk food.


After reading Chew On This, you will not look at fast food the same way again. Some of you may even decide to boycott these businesses.


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Lucine Kasbarian is the Director (on leave) of Progressive Book Publicity, a private concern that promotes social justice, activist-authors and their books.