Understanding why people prefer fast food over other foods

Understanding why people prefer fast food over other foods

Understandingwhy people prefer fast food over other foods


Alot of effort has been geared towards increasing food production inthe Abu Dhabi. However, the contribution that agriculture has made tothe GDP (gross domestic product) accounts to less than 1%. Efforts toincrease the production of food in this region is facing seriouschallenges such as unfavorable climatic conditions for both animaland crops, poor quality lands for cultivation, lack of waterresources as well as skilled manpower for production of foods inthose lands. The serious shortage of production of food in the AbuDhabi has contributed to the country depending much on importation offood

Foodconsumption pattern

Recently,Abu Dhabi has witnessed a serious change in the patterns of foodconsumptions that has been brought about by increase in the level ofnational income. In Abu Dhabi, the traditional foods that consistedof bread, dates, fish and rice are changing into a more diversifieddiet such as red meat and poultry. However, rice remains the staplefood and is consumed in the most parts of the country.

Anotherfactor that has also influenced the food consumption pattern is thepercentage increase in the number of immigrants in the Abu Dhabi whointroduce a variety of consumption habits from different locations.The foods and consumption habits introduced by the immigrants mostlyends up becoming popular among the Abu Dhabi inhabitants.

Healthand nutrition situation in Abu Dhabi

AbuDhabi drastic economic growth has contributed to a rapid change inpeople`s lifestyles such as the nutrition as well as the healthstatus. In the past, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis,malaria among others were considered as the critical health problemsAbu Dhabi. However, in the recent past, diseases such as diabetes,hypertension, and cardiovascular and other nutrition-related diseaseare now posing a major health challenge.


Bittman,M. (2012, March 27). Opinionator the Right to Sell Kids JunkComments. Retrieved from The Right to Sell Kids Junk:https://www.iholley.wordpress.com/2013/

Reportsindicate that on average, for instance, children view 6,000advertisements that support junk food annually. These advertisementsattract children as they incorporate attractive colors and the use ofgames that promotes these junk foods. The firms use the marketingtechniques that try to encourage the change in the eating habits tojunk foods. These big food companies collect personal informationfrom the targeted audience that is then used in adverting for thesejunk foods. Advertising to the children and the public in general byenticing them to practice poor nutrition habits is prohibited as itviolates the first amendment and is considered harmful and misleadingto the children. The author of this article argues that it is againstethics to advertise to children as well as the general public andmore so requesting information about the children’s age. The authorfurther argues that this increased advertisement of the junk food inthe media leads to enticing children as well as the general public toconsume such foods

Lifestylesand culture

Eric,S. (2006, October 4). The dark side of all-American meal. Retrievedfrom Fast food nation: https://www.nytimes.com

Thearticle was written by Eric Schlosser, a journalist with the New YorkTimes. The article was published as an informant to the Americanpeople on the trends in the fast food industry. It was intendedsolely for the audience who are concerned more with the society andthe fast-food takeover on the millions of households (Eric, 2006).The source is very helpful in understanding why people in the AbuDhabi prefer Fast foods over other foods as well as the long-termeffects on both the health as well as the economy of the economy ofAbu Dhabi. The paper is useful as it helps to shed light why the AbuDhabi people prefer fast foods over other foods. The source also goesfurther to provide some criticisms that also will prove to be moreimportant. The article enlightens how fast food industry has beeninfluenced by the changes in the people’s lifestyles and cultures.The changes in these lifestyles and cultures have impacted much onthe fast foods industry as well as the economy and the society inlarge.


Karren,F. (2014, February 4). Fast food. Retrieved from should moregovernments take aim at fast food: http://www.futurity.org?

Thearticle was published in 2014 by Karren Finney of the CaliforniaUniversity. The targeted audience was those attending school as wellas those interested in the fast foods industry. The article broughtforward the problem of regulating fast food industry in the UnitedStates (Karen, 2014). The article is of great importance to thisresearch as it addresses the opportunities of fast food industry as aresult of lack of government commitment to regulating the industry.It describes the loopholes that are in the system and the fast foodindustry can exploit such loopholes to exploit the industry. In theabsence of regulations and interference from the government, the fastfood market will continue to grow as well as promote its products andthe end results will be a lot of money going to the industry and atthe same time increase in unhealthy eating lifestyles. Poor nutritionis a problem to many countries but the Abu Dhabi is ranked as one ofthe highest in fast food transactions annually, and the number keepson rising each year at an alarming rate raising concerns with manyhealth specialists.


Kita,P. (2012, Oct 18). Mens health. Retrieved from Is this you addiction:http://www.EBSCOhost.web

Thesource is an article that has was published by an author known asPaul Kita in the Men’s Health Magazine. The author tries to focusthe article on the addiction of food by the people. He furtherexplores different situations that make people get addicted tocertain foods. He further analysis how food can trick the mind of anindividual making him consume more of the food that it is required.Paul Kita explains that the most foods that can get one addicted arethe sugar and foods rich in fat. The article is very useful as it tries to explainthe reasons as to why people prefer fast foods over other foods. Mostof the fast foods are usually rich in sugar and fats, and this bestexplains why people have a higher preference for these foods ascompared to other foods (Kita, 2006). The article further discusses howconsuming certain foods make the body feel high same as when anindividual takes drugs. These are the reasons as to why most peoplebecome addicted to fast foods. The addiction can be compared to sameas when an individual is addicted to alcohol or certain drugs. Thearticle will also be useful when one wants to know more about howpeople get addicted to fast food.


Krukowski,A., West, S., &amp Harvey, B. (2010). Neighborhood Impact on HealthyFood Availability Community health, 315-320

Theauthors in this article present a review of how the locations of fastfoods and the companies have an influence on the Junk goods. Theavailability of fast food is easier than the organic foods making itmore preferable. Unequivocally, neighborhoods of the low-incomeearners have many joints that sell the junk foods (Krukowski &ampHarvey, 2010). The author survey reveals that finding supermarketconsidered to be of low-income earners is difficult. Moreover, bigcompanies charge high prices for the healthy food targeting only thehigh-income earners. The government also carries a big blame, as ithas not placed measures on the healthy food consumption byindividuals. The most major concern is the tax big enterprises bringforth to the economy and only small measures on the health issues.Furthermore, the government needs to have the needs of the citizensat hand. Additionally, sciences carry blame on the addiction offoods. The authors present an overview of how companies perfect theirproducts through taste. Plausibly, this creates addiction ofindividuals to the company’s products, which in turn makes peoplecrave for certain products. Organizations concern on human health isminimal despite their corporate social responsibility.

Changein the people life styles

Lackey,L., &amp Kolasa, K. (2014) Healthy Eating. Defining the NutrientQuality of Foods. What defines healthy food? 26-29

Thearticles present the meaning to the definition of healthy food. Eachhas his or her explanation as what a healthy diet constitute. Theinterpretation of healthy diets have many, and people are confused asto which is the best understanding. The diverse explanation ofhealthy diet has led to individual ignorance on their health leadingto high consumption of Junk food (Lackey &amp Kolasa, 2014).Guidelines on healthy eating are many, especially schools thateducate the students on the same. However, an enormous number ofstudents consider consumption of this fast food. In actual reality,the author’s question the thoughts placed by individuals that thereare only Junk foods whereas there are also Junk diets. Consumptionpatterns have changed with individuals shifting to eating Junk food.Nutritionists have played their part educating people on healthydiets and providing tips on the same. However, this has become musicto the ears, as people are not concerned with this tips as theyconsider it costly. The nutritionist is to blame too as they providetheir services at an exorbitant price Further, in most cases thosewho seek their services are highly presumed those who have thecertain condition that is an unfortunate perception. Unlessindividuals receive education on the risk of the Junks, the issue ofJunk will worsen rather than reduce. Additionally, there is a needfor provision of alternative foods, which are economical and healthy.Restaurants and companies need to come up with healthy and affordablediets.

Tastesand preferences

Powell,M. L. (2009). Evidence from panel data. Fast food costs andadolescent body mass index, 963-970

Powellin this journal presents a review of the reasons behind increaseconsumption of junk foods, especially in the United Arab Emirates.Powell portrays analysis from different research on the effects ofcost on junk foods as a preference criterion. In the study, he notedthat consumption of healthy food is expensive. Indeed, the savingsthey make on the consumption of Junk Food motivate people. Moreover,in a day a consumer of Junk food saves approximately $ 1.5 comparedan individual who opts for the healthy food (Powell, 2009).Certainly, in a year this cost translates to $550. The low-incomeareas have the highest rate of consumptions of this food, as this isattributable to their perception of the price and savings. The longtime price that people will pay for treatment of chronic diseasesrelated to this unhealthy food is high when compared to the savingthat people make yearly. The author’s notes that the consumption ofthe fast food is increasing as more and more people are movingtowards substituting healthy food to fast food. Furthermore, there ishigh competition in the fast food industry and hence many companiesand restaurant prefer to change less to attract more customers. Mostof the competitions are unhealthy as despite the price being low,there are restaurant and fast food joints that offer discounts thatlower the prices further. Undeniably, this gesture attracts consumerswho take their favorites junks to increase their consumption orbecome addicted to the Junks.

Differentlevels of people

Popkin,M., &amp Larsen, G. (2011, August 4). Analysis of community- levelfast food prices and individual-level fast food intake. Alongitudinal study of Health and Place, 1235-1241

Inthis article, the author conducted research on the large consumers offast foods at a different level. Indeed, the adolescent have a vastconsumption of the junk food compared to the elderly. The elderly areperceived to take care of their diets although this was not the casein the big city. The number of the elderly Junkies in the city wasalmost the same of the young although it was high. Additionally,Popkin &amp Larsen indicated that the consumption of fast food isdependent on the ethnicity. Unambiguously, the Asians are consideredto have a lower consumption of junk food. Additionally, in thiscategory are the Hispanics who do not consume a high amount of fastfood (Popkin&amp Larsen, 2011). The author further analyzed the intake of fastfood according to gender. Surprisingly, the male were considered tohave a high intake of junk foods compared to the female. Female inmost cases in quest of looking young and beautiful, take care oftheir diets and may avoid foods with high calories and fat. However,the male prefer junk food as it is convenient, and they can filltheir stomachs easily at any fast-food joint. In terms of race, theauthor indicated that there are high percentages of the blacks whoprefer eating out then the white counterpart. The author of thisarticle showed how fast food consumption differed at different leveland stages.

Cheapand convenience

Rebecca,H. (2013, November 7). Health Conscious or Pretentious. Retrievedfrom Fast Food Criticisms: http://www. Mountholyokenews.org

Thesource was created back in 2013 by an author named Rebecca, whoattended Mount Holyoke College. At first, the intended audience wasthe students who were living in the campus hostels as they were fondof taking fast foods as to them it was very cheap and at the sametime convenience. The source further goes ahead to explain that mostof the people takes fast foods on regular basis despite the fact thatthey are aware of the health benefits that are associated with takingthese fast foods. Additionally, the article further states thatpeople take it consistently as it is cheaper and convenient ascompared to preparing oneself food. Most of the people who can affordthe food do not actually perceive the health benefits that areassociated with the fast foods since they are aware that it’s theonly food that they can be able to afford, it is cheaper as well astasty (Rebecca, 2013). The source is very useful as it analysis whypeople continue to prefer fast foods fully aware of the side effectsthat are associated with the foods. Also, the source incorporatesmoney and how that affects the decision making in the choice of foodconsumption styles.


Rizvi,A., &amp Bell, J. (2015, January 24). The National. Retrieved fromUAE residents eat fast food on a regular basis:http://www.thenational.ae/…/uae…/junk-food-ban-in-Abu-Dhabi-sc.

Thisarticle presents the reasons why current individuals schedule leadsthem to prefer fast food due to the convenience. Rizvi &amp Bell,show evidence of how people presume consumption of fast food leads tothe saving of time. In turn, this enables individual to undertakeactivities in a day. The authors indicate that individuals aredifficult in making time to consider a healthy meal. For instance, incases of students, their schedules are tight with the lack of a planfor their day-to-day activities. When students are studying inlibraries, most have vending machines full of Junks, which becomespreferable to consume than find restaurant and take a healthy meal(Rizvi &amp Bell, 2015). Furthermore, the working class is notdifferent as during lunch hours most workers find eating at a fastfood to be better. Undeniably, the authors indicate that laziness topack lunch before leaving the house in the morning causes thepreference too. The preference saves time and is a quick way oftaking food to fulfill the hunger. In the study, a vast number ofindividuals in the United Arabs Emirates are ‘Junkies’. Moreover,a percentage of 60 of the population are those who are below 30years. These indicate that the young have a high preference comparedto the old who are cautious of their health. The author also is ofthe opinion that a large number of individuals in Abu Dhabicongregate in fast foods joints due to their busy schedules. Briefly,it is clear that the preference of fast food can be attributable tocities where people are busy and not have time to take care of theirhealth.

Themesand Organization

Atpresent, people have changed their eating behaviors and adapted to anew lifestyle when compared to the past. Indeed, global recessionexperienced in the world has caused individuals to have tightbudgets. Certainly, this has led to change in eating patterns andresidents in Abu Dhabi have preferences on junk foods to cope withthe situation. Without a doubt, the issues of the resident’sconsideration on their health have become an issue of the past. Theconcern is to solve the current issues with quick solutions. Thepreference of junk foods is attributable to the price, which ischeap, compared to other organic foods. Undeniably, junk foods haveappealing prices compared to the organic foods. Individualsespecially the low-income earners may prefer fast food due to theprice. Indeed, this research aim will be to prove or reject thisassumption.

Thelocation of fast food joint in increasing the market is somethingmany companies may have a keen on. Indeed, big stores may finallyhave reasons as to why areas they target and the product they sell incertain areas may be having an impact on their profitability.Convenience and availability of fast food are essential in thepreference criteria of consumers. Probably, a high number ofconsumers may find it expedient due to their tight work or schoolschedules to consume fast foods than healthier diets.


Fromthe literature review findings, it is concluded that the inhabitantsof Abu Dhabi prefer fast foods over other foods due to influencefrom media advertisements concerning the fast foods, cheap andconvenience of the fast food, change in the societies lifestyles andcultures, and addiction as a result of the satisfaction that thepeople derive from consuming the fast foods. Clearly, manyscholars have attempted to speculate on the issues that causeindividuals to prefer fast foods than other food. Undeniably, thereare a few variables as presented by each scholar. Plausibly, it isclear that the convenience of take-outs and saving time have largelycontributed. Further, many workers have a busy schedule and havepreferences for the fast food. Additionally, individuals can bepresumed ignorant on their intake of a healthy diet. It is with nodoubts that individuals prefer to solve the short-term problem withthe presently available solution. Indeed, the cheap nature of junkfoods has made it more preferred than other types of foods.


Bittman , M. (2012, March 27). Opinionator The Right to Sell Kids Junk Comments. Retrieved from The Right to Sell Kids Junk: https://www.iholley.wordpress.com/2013/

Eric, S. (2006, October 4). The dark side of all-American meal. Retrieved from Fast food nation: https://www.nytimes.com

Karren, F. (2014, February 4). Fast food. Retrieved from Should more governments take aim at fast food: http://www.futurity.org

Kita, P. (2012, Oct 18). Mens health. Retrieved from Is this you addiction: http://www.EBSCOhost.web

Krukowski , A., West, S., &amp Harvey, B. (2010). Neighborhood Impact on Healthy Food Availability. Community health, 315-320.

Lackey, L., &amp Kolasa, K. (2014). Healthy Eating. Defining the Nutrient Quality of Foods. What defines healthy food? 26-29.

Powell, M. L. (2009). Evidence from panel data. Fast food costs and adolescent body mass index, 963-970.

Popkin, M., &amp Larsen, G. (2011, August 4). Analysis of community- level fast food prices and individual-level fast food intake. A longitudinal study of Health and Place, 1235-1241

Rebecca , H. (2013, November 7). Health Conscious or Pretentious. Retrieved from Fast Food Criticisms: http://www. Mountholyokenews.org

Rizvi, A., &amp Bell, J. (2015, January 24). The National. Retrieved from UAE residents eat fast food on regular basis: www.thenational.ae/…/uae…/junk-food-ban-in-Abu-Dhabi-sc…