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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

Fast food fatality

Evan E. Duran || [email protected]

Food is fuel for our bodies. Without it, our bodies can’t run as efficiently as they’re supposed to. Students, with their busy lives, need to especially pay attention to staying energized and healthy. As students rush in and out of classes all week long and all hours of the day, during their down time, they look for a place where they can rest, relax and refuel.

United Coffee House was one of those places for students. Conveniently located on Sutterville Road right across the street from City College, the coffee house was a place where students could grab a cup of joe first thing in the morning, or sit down and eat a fancy grilled cheese and sip a cream soda during their lunch hour.

Sadly, United Coffee House won’t be serving any more of its espressos or grilled cheese sandwiches. The small, family-owned business recently closed down, around the same time a new KFC and Long John Silver’s duo opened next to the vacant coffee house.

This is great news for the new KFC and Long John Silver’s duo, whose neighboring competition no longer exists, but it isn’t the greatest news for students. This means one less convenient place for busy students to buy quick, healthy food so they can maintain healthy eating habits.

This issue shouldn’t be new to anyone, and it does not just affect students, but the entire nation. According to an article, “The Fatty Truth” on, containing American fast food statistics, the number of fast food restaurants has doubled since 1970. The fast food industry feeds 77 million of 307 million Americans on a daily basis. In other words, the fast food industry feeds at least 25 percent of the American population every day. This is insane!

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Considering the number of calories these meals contain, they should leave people feeling satisfied for the rest of the day, but that is often not the case. The body needs three balanced meals throughout the day in order to function properly. And fast food is not very filling, so one meal that contains either half, or more than half of one’s recommended calorie intake is not nearly enough. So one will most likely eat another meal or two as the day wears on, which can lead to a person consuming more than 2,000 maybe even 3,000 calories a day. These high-in-calorie meals are what had helped pave our nation’s way toward morbid obesity, diabetes in adults and children, and death.

Time, convenience and money are three major factors that determine where people will eat lunch. United Coffee House, for example, was a popular eating place among students because of its convenient location, and menu items that fit the budget of the average college student. Now KFC and Long John Silver’s, located across the street from campus, are highly accessible for students.

Nationally and universally, fast food places are infamous for their record timing of producing products and equally famous for their low prices. Whoever is responsible for placing a KFC and Long John Silver’s across the street from a college is a genius. These two businesses are targeting their ideal prey: students who need food fast, and for a price that won’t burn a hole in their pockets.

There are, in fact, other places to eat in the area that are a lot healthier in comparison to KFC and Long John Silver’s. Besides the campus cafeteria, which has healthy food choices, Chipotle, Subway and Togo’s are in the area, though they are a bit farther from campus. This is where convenience comes back into play. Students will most likely choose what is convenient over what is healthy.

Students need not do that. They should not take the easy route by walking across the street and purchasing one of Colonel Sanders’ or Long John Silver’s fried delicacies. Students should instead make time in the morning, or the night before to pack a balanced lunch, or visit one of the neighboring restaurants that provide healthy alternatives.

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