Obese America due to Fast Food

Posted on March 22, 2013 by

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During a study conducted during the years 2007- 2010, a new discovery was made concerning American diets.  According to the research that was conducted, 11% of the average adult calorie intake (per year) consisted entirely of fast food.

The criteria for the study included cheeseburgers, pizza, fries, and other types of foods that are usually available at fast food and takeout places.

Considering the amount of calories that are consumed by the average person each year, 11% may seem like a lot.

However, it is actually a decrease from the amount of fast food consumed in previous years.

The same study was conducted in 2006. In this year, about 13% of calories came from fast food, marking a 2% decrease over the next four years.

Adding to this trend, in 2010 and 2012 the average American family bought 152 meals a year in fast food restaurants, which is a decrease from 158 in 2006.

When it came to who consumed more fast food, men (11.8%) consumed slightly more calories in fast food than women (10.9%).

What could be the reason for the sudden decrease in American fast food consumption?

One possibility may be the price of the food itself. Currently, the price of a restaurant meal is three times the price of a homemade meal.

Not surprisingly, the proportion of calories from fast food increased with weight. It was shown that obese Americans gained more calories from fast food than normal-weighted adults. The average percentage for obese Americans was 18% of their diet.

Currently, more than one-third of American adults are obese. It has been proven that frequent fast food consumption contributes to weight gain, which goes hand-in-hand with the given statistics.

The new trend of decreased fast food consumption may continue over the next few years. With it, a healthier America would follow.

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