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Fast Food Figuring Out the Facts. Project Sponsors School District of Philadelphia Department of Nutrition Sciences, Drexel University USDA Project Funded.

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1 Fast Food Figuring Out the Facts

2 Project Sponsors School District of Philadelphia Department of Nutrition Sciences, Drexel University USDA Project Funded through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

3 Survey: How many of you eat fast food? How often do you eat fast food? What is your favorite fast food choice? What do you consider “fast food?” Do you think fast food is healthy or unhealthy?

4 What are today’s topics ?? Fast food Making healthy choices Energy balance Portion size

5 Pop Quiz Which Meal Has the Least Amount of Fat? #1 Quarter pound burger with cheese, large fries and diet soda #2 Crispy chicken salad with 2 ounces of creamy Caesar dressing and regular soda #3 Taco Salad and bottled water 54 grams 34 grams 48 grams

6 Fast Food Facts Americans spend a lot of money on fast food (and that amount is increasing)! –On French fries: 1970: $6 billion 2000: $110 billion We eat out often! –Average American dines out 198 times a year How many times a week is this? Do you dine out more often or less often than this?

7 Too Much Fast Food? Fast food can contain a lot of fat, calories, and sodium Eating too much solid fat can raise cholesterol Eating too many calories can lead to weight gain High sodium intake is related to high prevalence of high blood pressure in the U.S. These health problems can lead to serious disease –Diabetes –Heart Disease –Stroke –Some cancers

8 20 Years Ago Today How many calories are in today’s order of fries? Adapted from http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/portion/keep.htm Fast Food Facts: Portion Sizes 210 Calories 2.4 ounces 610 Calories 6.9 ounces 400 more calories!

9 more than 200 calories per day weight gain increase in per capita consumption Source:Nestle, 2002 Americans Are Eating More

10 You Do the Math How much weight is gained by eating 200 extra calories every day for 1 year? 1.200 calories x ____ days in 1 year = extra calories per year 1 pound = 3500 calories 2.73,000 calories/year ÷ 3500 calories/pound = ______ pounds of weight gain in 1 year

11 How long will you have to walk leisurely in order to burn those extra 400 calories?* *Based on 160-pound person Energy Balance Calories In = Calories Out Adapted from http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/portion/keep.htm If you walk leisurely for 1 hour and 10 minutes you will burn approximately 400 calories.*

12 Be more physically active –Physical activity is a key to energy balance Enjoy your food, but eat less –Cut back on foods high in solid fats and added sugars –Avoid oversized portions Maintaining a Healthy Weight 1 chocolate cream filled cupcake 20 chocolate coated peanut candies 5 chicken nuggets 1 large chocolate chip cookie 1 fast food medium soda

13 Fast Food Makeover: Before What you might choose: Quarter Pound Burger w/Cheese Large Fries Large Milkshake Totals: 1770 Grams of Fat = 68 Calories = Grams of Fat

14 Fast Food Makeover: After Cheeseburger Small Fries Bottled Water Totals: Calories = Grams of Fat = 560 25 Grams of Fat

15 Some Fat Is Good! What are the benefits of fat? –Cushion and protect organs –Needed for energy –Helps with vitamin absorption What foods have fats that are good for the body? –Tree nuts –Fish –Vegetable oils

16 Healthy Hints Try vegetables on pizza – choose fatty meat toppings less often Choose grilled chicken – cut back on fried foods Avoid oversized portions – choose a smaller size option Be creative – try baked potato, side salads, bean burritos, or frozen yogurt – make half your plate fruits and vegetables! What other healthy hints do you have?

17 Activity: Fast Food Makeover

18 Fast Food Make Healthier Choices –Choose lower calorie, fat, and sodium foods –Go for smaller portions Remember Energy Balance –Get your physical activity –Balance the calories you need with the calories you eat Questions?


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