Fast Food Vindication by Lisa Tillenger Johansen

Leah Courtney

I must admit I was very intrigued by this book- Fast Food Vindication. Almost everything I read talks about how bad fast food is for you. But this book by Lisa Tillenger Johansen seems to argue differently.  So I wanted to read more. Does this really mean I can go chow down and Mickey Ds?  And I can feed my kids Happy Meals without guilt? Really?

Well, maybe not. Turns out the author was previously employed by McDonalds Corporation. She is now a nutritionist. Does the fact that she was employed by McDonalds give you a hint at the direction this book will take?

She actually does make some legitimate points in this book. Her main point- repeated again and again and again and...- in various ways is that obesity is the responsibility of the individual, not of any restaurant. I agree. She also reiterates - again and again...- that portion size, proper food choices, and exercise are important elements in our health no matter where we eat. I agree.  She also throws in some facts about all the good the fast food corporations do citing some examples from various corporations- especially McDonalds. I don't argue that some of these big corporations have some made some major contributions or that they may employ a variety of people, some of whom may not be otherwise employable.

My main problem with the book- besides her obvious bias toward McDonalds- was that it just seemed to be a repeat of these same few facts again and again with different examples. I think we all know by now that we need to eat better and exercise more. I'm just not sure her book really "vindicated" fast food. I surely wasn't convinced that fast food was good- just that it isn't completely responsible for the decline of health in America. And I already knew that.

I give this one 3 stars and a G for content.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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