Staff Editorial: Subway vs. McDonalds

Since Subway has passed McDonalds in the number of restaurants worldwide, most people would immediately begin to think that our society is making strides to become a healthier human population. While Subway may provide Veggie Delites instead of Big Macs, this simple accomplishment doesn’t prove healthier eating. In reality, it simply proves that sometimes, Americans would like a salty bag of chips instead of fatty french fries.

McDonalds prides itself in “serving millions” of customers, and who doesn’t remember eating a Happy Meal as a child? Subway should celebrate its newfound popularity; they beat out the “big dog” of fast food.

Sadly, no obesity rates have gone down recently in America. No numbers of people suffering weight related issues have decreased and healthiness has not necessarily been furthered.

Just take a drive down Tylersville Road and you can still see that fast food is still prevalent. Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Burger King are just a few of the chains that line that street, and streets like Tylersville Road are replicated all over the country.

Nowadays, these familiar roads even exist all over the world. “American” food, burgers and fries, and restaurants with drive-thru lanes are popping up in various countries around the world. People in China are now fortunate enough to experience the great taste of KFC’s fried chicken, or the joys of a Crunch Wrap Supreme from Taco Bell and unfortunate enough to share our growing obesity rate.

While Subway is number one in America for now, McDonalds and other fast food chains still dominate our diets, and are spreading to the mouths of multiple other nations.

Subway has done a great job of gaining popularity through its catchy advertisements and appealing sandwiches, but it hasn’t exactly stopped American obesity.

Even though Subway is on top, Americans will still indulge in greasy french fries, burgers and chicken nuggets. It’s going to take a little more than a few million Subways to fix our health problems.