2What is Fast Food?A “fast food” restaurant is a restaurant that prepares food quickly and offers minimal service to its customers.Fast food franchises often ship standardized foodstuffs to each restaurant location where the food is cooked in bulk and kept warm.It was estimated that in 2006 alone Americans will spend $142 billion dollars in fast food restaurants.
3Some Fast Food Food Facts Recommended calorie intake per day is roughly 2000.
4Fast FoodsHealthy FoodsHighly accessibleLess accessibleConvenientLess convenientGreat tastingNot as good tastingPromoted heavilyNot promotedInexpensiveMore expensive
5Percent of adults who are overweight or obese 67%2/3 of adults areoverweight orobese
6Life Expectancy in the U.S. 2-5 year declinein life expectancy
10French Fries 20 Years Ago Today 610 Calories 210 Calories 6.9 ounces
11Who Eats It?People who live near fast food restaurants are more likely to eat more fast food.People who have more fast food restaurants in their neighborhood are more likely to have heart disease and die early.States with the most fast food outlets per square mile have the highest rates of obesity
12Calories.. Who’s counting? McDonald’s hamburgerMcDonald’s Big MacO’Charley’s chicken tenders dinnerShoney’s deluxe pancake plateDenny’s mini burgers w/ onion ringsChili’s awesome blossomNathan’s Famous seafood samplerLone Star Steakhouse Lone Star wings
14Start Walking hours McDonald’s hamburger McDonald’s Big Mac O’Charley’s chicken tenders dinnerShoney’s deluxe pancake plateLone Star Steakhouse Lone Star wingsDenny’s mini burgers w/ onion ringsChili’s awesome blossomNathan’s Famous seafood sampler
15Fast Food Alternatives 1. Plan aheadMany times we get fast food because we're hungry and we have no alternatives. But if you plan your day each morning (or the night before), you can figure out better alternatives.2. Cook in bulk.Along those lines, you could take an afternoon and cook a few different foods in bulk. A big pot of soup or chili, for example, is easy to make, and you can put single-serving containers in the freezer to grab when you head out the door3. Sandwiches.Make a sandwich in the morning to take with you (they're very portable), or order one to go from a restaurant. Cheaper than a full entree, but filling and tasty.
16Fast Food Alternatives…. 4. Always pack snacks.Keep a bag full of snacks to take with you on the road, as they can keep hunger at bay and thus keep the need for fast food to a minimum5. Bring bottled water.Often what we think is hunger is actually dehydration. If you drink water, you feel less hungry. Always have a bottle of water with you on the road, along with your snacks, and keep yourself hydrated (and less hungry) all day long.6. Grocery stores.Another great alternative to fast food is a grocery store, which contains all kinds of food that doesn't cost much but is healthier than fast food. Often grocery stores have hot or prepared food as well. Just run in, grab some fruit and a prepared sandwich with bottled water, and you're good to go.
17If You Must Have Fast Food …. Get grilled instead of friedGet small instead of largeGet water instead of cokeGet potato instead of fries (if possible)Get Subway instead of McDonaldsTry and avoid extras like cheese mayo and bacon on sandwiches