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Shocking Fast Food Statistics You Should Know

April 23, 2012

Most people are aware that eating fast food is detrimental to their health, but this does not stop them from visiting their favorite fast food restaurants frequently. Fast food is a bigger part of the American diet than you may think, and it puts both young and old Americans in greater danger of developing a wide range of health problems, some of which are potentially life-threatening.

Here are some shocking statistics that may encourage you to cut down on your consumption of fast food and start adopting a healthy diet:

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  • One out of four Americans eats fast food every day.
  • Americans spend more than $100 billion on fast food every year. This amount of money is enough to stop world hunger for many years.
  • In 2015, Trans fats, which are often used in commercial baked goods and fried foods, were recognized by the FDA to raise the level of cholesterol in blood, therefore increasing the risk of developing heart disease– one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
  • McDonald’s feeds about 45 million people around the world every day, which is more than the population of Spain.
  • There are only seven items on the McDonald’s menu that do not contain sugar.
  • If you eat a Big Mac, large fries, and large Coke, you will have to walk non-stop for six hours to burn off the calories you have gained.
  • One meal at a fast food restaurant contains all the calories you need for an entire day.
  • French fries, which are known as one of the unhealthiest foods, are the most widely consumed form of vegetables in the United States.
  • Most children in North America are able to recognize McDonald’s before they even learn to speak.
  • Partly due to the fast food culture, about 60% of Americans are overweight or obese. Obesity can increase the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, respiratory problems, and other illnesses.

Ideas for a week's worth of healthy meals.