The Impact of Ethics in Decision Making - The O Fresh Food Fast FoodDo parents of children and business executives from fast food restaurants have nothing in common? At first glance, you might think the answer to this question is no. Parents must provide nutrients for the health of their children meals while fast food restaurants offer quick and cheap food alternatives that are at the lower end of the food pyramid (Look at the Food Pyramid, 2003). There is an ethical dilemma by parents and executives of fast food in its decision to offer food and fast food to children in America.
Parents are expected to raise their children to the best of their ability. For the average person it means to provide housing, put clothes on your back, food and healthy food. The fast food companies are expected to provide employment for many unskilled and low-paid workers, while making money for their shareholders (often using any means necessary as Enron and WorldCom come to mind). They do this until act of affordable food. The days of closure for key kids life and move at faster speeds than ever, makes it seem that fast food restaurants and parents on the go are perfect. But, as in many seemingly perfect associations, questionable decisions have been made that make us question the ethics of both parents and fast food companies.
If it could be
This is the best way to buy in bulk and usually in less than top quality. By offering a low quality product, it would seem logical that a company could not survive. This is where the ethical dilemma starts. Fast Food companies found that if the proper additives (sugar french fries etc) is used, can make tasty food and therefore maintain its market share. The other part of the equation is the value parents place to bring their children fed fast and economic way for them to enjoy down.
The ethical dilemma facing parents is that they can continue to take the easy route and feed their children fast food. They also have the possibility of losing down time and cooking healthy food at home or buy better quality but more expensive restaurant food. Unfortunately, we seem to have picked the former. In a lawsuit filed against McDonalds in federal court in Manhattan on November 22 last year, the lawyer Samuel Hirsch said quickly, The food chain has created a national epidemic of obese children. He argued that the high fat, sugar cholesterol content of McDonald’s food is a very insipid, toxic kind of thing when ingested regularly by young children (Suit blames McDonalds, 2002).
As with any big marketing machine, fast food restaurants were prepared for this ethical dilemma. Printed food ingredients on menus, began putting toys in their meals (an incredible marketing maneuver that creates synergies between business and entertainment collectibles markets at the same time), size super partes, and lowered their prices to pre-1980 levels.
Changing the rules
Can this decent into a nation of obese, greedy corporations children, and parents need their down time to continue? In another lawsuit, he became a man addicted to fast food. According to his lawyer, food sold by companies that produce a desire of his client (Parallax, 2002). Looks like a dirty war fighting (low prices, no toys, larger portions addictive additives) can be hard to win. Parents can defend themselves if they exercise some due diligence, but must follow the five P’s. Prior preparation prevents poor performance, this means that meals should be considered early, children must be educated in the art of cooking, and should keep your kids active with more playing outdoors.
End of Madness
An article in the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics makes some astute observations. They say, The ethics or morality raises questions about how we act and how we should live (Marcus, 2003). In this article, I hope the reader has found that both parents and fast food restaurants have not acted in an ethical manner in their quest to meet the benefits and lack of time. The article, in fact, going to ask about these important issues that substantiate the argument given above: What individuals and groups have an important stake in the outcome? What is at stake for each? Do some have a greater interest because they have a special need (eg, those who are poor or excluded) or because we have special obligations to them? Are there other important stakeholders, in addition to those directly involved?
If we carefully consider the decisions they make now on how to feed our children, we see that we have created an ethical dilemma. The rules that were established when the fast-paced world, it could and should have seen this problem occurs if we look at the waistline bulge our children on their belts. The ethical implications of our choices to eat fast foods that we have opened a lot of problems for these restaurants. Lawsuits have been served against fast food as companies try to satisfy their shareholders seek performance and, finally, if parents are willing to say not only to fast food trap, the rules can be changed to favor obezitate the children.