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The fast-food industry has been around for decades, but why is it so prolific? Well, here is the truth behind its success.

According to research, the average American eats 100 kilograms of fast-food meat every year. It equates to roughly $100 a month. That's a lot of artery-clogging.

The question is, why? Well, the answer isn't as simple as one might think. Yes, the food itself is probably loaded with delicious things like salt and sugar that, even though they're usually bad for us, we simply can't get enough of. But it goes further.

In fact, we're as addicted to the convenience as we are to the Colonel's 11 secret herbs and spices. And this is where outlets like McDonald's, KFC and many others have made their money.

Today, the idea of a fast-food chain on every street is commonplace, but it wasn't until the post-war 1940s that 'fast-food' establishments started to bloom. That's not to say there weren't already restaurants offering easy meals, think the All-American diner for example. The difference was that – thanks to White Castle – burgers became readily available in a fraction of the time to 'take-away'.

This idea fitted perfectly into the fast-paced lives of Americans rebuilding after World War II and laid the foundations for today's multitude of extremely profitable fast-food establishments.

The history is fascinating, and YouTuber, Thoughty2, has captured it exquisitely in the video below. So, if you want to expand your knowledge and wow your friends with tidbits about the fast-food industry's success, then press the play button immediately. Learning is as delicious deep-fried chicken wings!

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