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  If Fast Food Disppeared…
Would Your Waist Shrink?

  Here’s a few questions for you…

  If your colleagues get chocolate cakes, doughnuts and the like regularly at office… would you blame them for throwing you off your fitness and weight goals?

  If your friends are big on pizza and Chinese takeout every time you hang out… would you blame them for your bad eating habits?

  And… if your neighborhood is full of fast food restaurants… McDonald’s & Burger King… would you blame them for the unwanted pounds you put on?

  Here’s what got me started on this…

   Some officials are pushing the idea of a “Fast Food bad in L.A.” which could stop new fast-food restaurants from opening in the area for up to two years (check it out here)

  Their argument: South L.A’s got a 30% adult obesity rate that’s around 11% higher than the same figure country wide!

  Now I’ll be the first to tell you I’m not big on fast food (But I’ll also admit… whenever I sneak in a cheat meal - about once a week – I’ll have a break from healthy food and indulge a bit to curb my cravings).

fast food, will it add to your waistline?
  And… whether you like it or hate it… whether you chose to eat there on occasion or not… Wouldn’t you rather have a choice?

  How about alternative ways around this…

  Like maybe having fast food chains display the content of their food menu (amount of calories, saturated fats, etc.)… or how about pushing and promoting healthy options more?

  Honestly, it’s a bit worrying when you think the government will start to make food choices on your behalf.

  Who decides what’s good for you or not? How far can this go? Maybe it’s done with good intentions… yet is this the right way of going about it to see the publics’ waistlines drop?

  What’s your take on this?

P.S. As a side note, here’s some interesting facts about the fast food industry:

  1. 69% of consumers say they ate “fair to poor” diets when eating out vs. 39% who say they ate “fair to poor” diets at home.*

  2. Burger King sells about 100 Whoppers for every Veggie Burger and roughly 10 Whoppers for every salad! Its fried chicken sandwiches outsell grilled chicken about 10 to 1!*

  3. Pizza Hut sells roughly one lower-calorie Fit N’ Delicious pizza for every 100 pan pizzas.

  4. Top 3 most popular foods consumed in restaurants:
    For men: Hamburger, French fries, Pizza.
    And for women: French fries, Hamburger, Pizza.* (* source: USA Today)

    And if you ever wondered how those burger’s stack up…
  • Hardee’s Monster Thickburger at 1,420 calories with 107 total grams fat (34 grams saturated fat)
  • Jack in the Box’s Bacon Ultimate Cheesburger at 1,025 calories total 70.5 grams fat (29 grams saturated)
  • McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese at 770 calories, total 47 grams fat (20 grams saturated)
  • Burger King’s Double Wopper with Cheese at 1,060 total 69 grams fat (27 grams saturated)

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