I don't think they ever were food! I think they are an edible product that you can become addicted to. I wonder if they are FDA approved?
I'm fortunate that greasy foods make me ill so I don't go the fast food route but I know so many people that do and it does affect your health.
I found it really interesting that the paper was nearly disintegrated! I guess you need to take a shovel with you next time for the fries.