- When people all over the
world are looking for a quick, easy meal to grab on the go, fast
food is the common solution.
- With the efficient
service, low prices and casual atmosphere, fast food seems like the
ideal "all-American" choice.
- In fact, over 25 percent
of Americans consume fast food every day.
- Fast food does not have to
be unhealthy, but most of the time it is.
- Consumers often order
foods with more fat, calories, sugar and sodium, and less nutrition
and vitamins than is necessary.
- The fast food industry
spent more than $4.2 billion dollars in 2009 on TV advertising and
- The average preschooler
(2-5 years) saw 2.8 TV ads per day for fast food; children (6-11
years) saw 3.5; and teens (12-17 years) saw 4.7.
- Young people's exposure to
fast food TV ads has increased. Compared to 2003, preschoolers
viewed 21% more fast food ads in 2009, children viewed 34% more, and
teens viewed 39% more.
- Nine restaurant Facebook
pages had more than one million fans in 2009, and Starbucks' boasted
more than 11.3 million.
- McDonald's and KFC
specifically targeted African American youth with TV advertising,
targeted websites, and banner ads.
- Teens between the ages of
13 and 18 purchased 800 to 1,100 calories in an average fast food
- At least 30% of calories
in menu items purchased by children and teens were from sugar and
- At most restaurants, young
people purchased at least half of their maximum daily recommended
sodium intake in just one fast food meal.
- Teens ordered more fast
food than any other age group during non-meal times after school and
in the evening.
- The researchers say
insurance companies should sell their fast-food stock or use their
influence as shareholders to make fast food healthier, by pressuring
big restaurant chains to cut portion sizes or improve nutrition, for
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