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"