Parents' Guide to

Chew on This

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fast Food Nation for kids is quite meaty.

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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Down With Fast Food!

This book was an opening door to how much fast food is consumed and how it affects your body. Everything that goes around comes back around, same thing with fast food. When you eat it, you are literally just hurting your body. Just read this book and you will understand.
age 18+

Poisoning Minds

This book is a terrible influence on children. This book only tells one half of the story. "Chew On This" only talks about extreme cases that occur sometimes, but doesn't mention any of the "pros". The book left my child VERY anxious about what happens when we go out for hamburgers at McDonalds. I do not think that "Chew On This" is appropriate for children AT ALL.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (12):

You have to admit, the subject matter is as fascinating as it is repulsive; you don't want to look, and yet you can't turn away. Fast Food Nation fans will certainly recognize much of the material here; this book features many of the same stories and facts about junk food.

Teens may be especially drawn to the profiles of kids throughout the book: The McDonald's employee working long hours at the expense of her school work, the Native American girl working to stop soft drink sales at her school, the obese teen boy worried about having gastric bypass surgery. The photographs seem randomly placed throughout the book, and the narrative can wander a bit. Even so, teens probably will be inspired to rethink their habits.

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