Fast food facts
- Each day, 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurant
- In 1970, Americans spent $6.2 billion at fast-food restaurants. In 2004, it was $124 billion
- French fries are the most eaten vegetable in America. The average American now eats 30 pounds of French fries annually – up from only 3.5 pounds in 1960
- Before most children can speak they can recognize McDonald's
- Surgeon General David Satcher: "Fast food is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic"
- Most nutritionists recommend not eating fast food more than once a month
- 40% of American meals are eaten outside the home
- In 1970, there were around 70,000 fast-food establishments in the country. In 2001, there were 186,000
- Soft-drink consumption in the United States increased 135% between 1977 and 2001
- In the early days, a soda at Burger King was 12 ounces. That's now called a "small" soda. A medium is 20 ounces, and a large is 32. A super-size soda at McDonald's is 42 ounces.
The Double Gulp at your local 7-Eleven comes in a bucket the size of a wastepaper basket, which holds 64 ounces of soda – half a gallon. Depending on how much ice you put in it,
that's 600 – 800 calories. And it contains the equivalent of 48 teaspoons of sugar
- The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published a study in 2004 showing that the percentage of fast-food calories in the American diet has increased from 3% to 12% over the
last 20 years
- Eating fast food may be dangerous to your health
See a chart on which fast food items are the "good, the bad and the ugly"