America's love affair with fast food reaches back to 1921 when Walter Anderson and Billy Ingram opened the first White Castle restaurant. By the 1950s, Carl's Jr. and McDonald's were established, and in 1958, McDonald's sold its 100 millionth hamburger. While other fast food restaurants existed—they were usually drive-ins with carhops—none changed the natural and dietary landscape so thoroughly as did the three mentioned here. They were later joined by other fast food restaurants, including Wendy's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, and today there are nearly 200,000 fast food restaurants in the United States. While early love of fast food was tied to the novelty of the automobile and the accompanying growth of an entire infrastructure for a newly mobile society, today fast ...

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