With each fast-food feast, you significantly increase your carbohydrate and fat intake as well as the calories you eat. So plan your meals, simplify your schedule, cook, and eat dinner as a family. Fast food may save minutes in your day, but it's taking years off your life—most chains don’t advertise that on their "value" menu.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Don't eat fast food today.
- Start the habit of switching one fast-food meal per week to a healthier alternative.
- On days you do eat fast food, ask for the small size.
- Never supersize your meal. The price and value may be tempting, but your health pays the greatest price.
- Plan your meals at least a few days in advance.
- Go to the store and buy fresh or organic food.
- Pack a healthy lunch or cook dinner at home today.
- $180 billion is spent every year on fast food, compared to $6 billion in 1970.
- Over 50% of the U.S. population eats fast food once a week, with 20% eating fast food at least every other day.
- 30% of children's meals consist of fast food.
- 24% of high schools offer popular fast-food brands.
- More than 1 in 5 children between the ages of 6 and 17 are overweight.
- There is a 79% likelihood of adult obesity if a person is overweight during adolescence.
- Large portions, value meals, and supersizing create serving sizes that are double and triple the recommended daily allowance.
- Billions of dollars are spent each year on fast-food advertising specifically targeted at children.