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  • The average distance from a fast food restaurant in the US to a school is half a mile. The density of fast-food restaurants within 1 mile of a school is three to four times the average distribution throughout a city.
  • Over the last 35 years sales in the US fast-food industry has grown by almost 1000%. In 1975 sales equalled $16.1 billion and in 2009 sales were about $160 billion.
  • The National Restaurant Association reports that there are around 280,000 fast-food restaurants in the States of which around 200,000 are strictly fast-food and 80,000 casual-dining.
  • The US Fast-food industry serves more than 50 million Americans every day and generates $65 billion annually.
  • Half of the average American's yearly food budget is spent at fast-food chains.

  • On any given day around one third of American children eat fast food.
  • In the past 5 decades some fast food portion sizes have increased by 600%.
    In the 50s a typical fast food hamburger weighed one ounce while today it weighs six ounces. The average fast food restaurant meal nowadays contains a staggering 1,500 calories!
  • A double gulp soda (7-11) has 64 ounces (half a gallon!) and the sugar content of 48 teaspoons.
  • The Federal Trade Commission reports that the US fast food industry spends approximately $1.6 billion each year on marketing aimed at children.

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  • Fast food statistics:
    The fast food industry donate money to professional nutrition associations. Coca Cola sponsors the American Dietetic Association. Why? Political lobbying...
  • According to studies (by the University of Michigan School of Public Health) living in neighborhoods with a high density of fast-food outlets could increase your risk of stroke by 13%, compared to living in neighborhoods where fast food restaurants are infrequent.
  • Americans spend more money per year on fast food than they do on education.
  • The amount of food produced daily in the US amounts to 3,800 calories per person. Twice the daily calorie requirement of the average male or female, and three times the daily calorie requirements of children.
  • The United States Center of Disease Control and Prevention reports that from 1970 to 2000 the average US male has increased his daily calorie intake by 168 calories and the average woman by 335 calories a day.


Fast Food Statistics: Fast Food Causes Obesity?

  • In the last twenty years the child obesity rate has doubled while the teenage obesity rate has tripled.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that around one third of children in the U.S. are overweight, 16 percent of children are obese, and 11 percent extremely obese.
  • In 2003 the Center for Disease Control & Prevention reported that 1 out of 3 children born in the US in 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes! The lifespan of a ten-year-old child with Type II diabetes is, on average, 17 to 26 years less than that of a healthy child.
  • One third of American adults are obese (a body mass index or BMI above 30). That's 23% more than in 1992. The percentage of overweight adults (BMI > 25) has also increased from 56% to 64.5%.
  • That means almost two thirds of American adults are overweight.
  • The percentage of severely obese obese people (more than 100 pounds overweight) in the US is 2%. Four times the amount recorded 25 years ago.
  • The total world's population suffering from obesity is 1.2 billion, the same as the number of people suffering from starvation.
    Some people are eating themselves to death while others starve!
  • The overweight and obese category accounts for: 90% of the Insulin Dependant/Type 2 diabetes cases, 80% of deaths due to heart disease,  30 to 50 percent of deaths due to kidney failure, 50% of strokes, and many forms of cancer (prostate, kidney, breast, ovarian, gall bladder, pancreatic, colon etc).
  • Watching television produces lower metabolic rates (the lower the metabolic rate the less fat you burn) than sewing, playing board games, reading or even writing. A study has shown that for each 2 hours you sit in front of the TV each day, the obesity risk increases by 23%, and the type 2 diabetes risk increases by 14%.
For more fast food statistics and tips on how to eat healthier at fast food chains see McDonalds nutrition facts, Burger King nutrition facts, Subway nutrition info and Wendy's nutrition facts.


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