“On an average day, U.S. adults get roughly 11 percent of their calories from fast food, a government study shows. That’s down slightly from the 13 percent reported the last time the government tried to pin down how much of the American diet is coming from fast food. Eating fast food too frequently has been seen as a driver of America’s obesity problem.”
This study has several ramifications for the weight loss community. As in any research, they base statistics on averages. In addition, people may not always answer the questionnaires honestly, as many people think fast food is bad for you, so they won’t admit they get fast food. It does say they are adults who took the test. We don’t know the ages ranges and how that made a difference.
I don’t know what the questions were, but if they were questions like, how many times a week to you visit a fast food place, the answers could be misleading. Charlene and I go to a fast food place, up to 14 times a week. We only get coffee; we don’t eat there.
Anyway, assuming that the study is accurate, then it would appear that eating at fast food places is not the main source of obesity in the United States. In fact, the percentage of fast food goers is dropping, but the percentage of obesity is growing.
The study was trying to prove that fast food restaurants are the main cause of the growing obesity epidemic. It did not prove that’s the case. That means researchers have to look in other directions for the obesity answer.
We know two things for sure. It involves food and exercise. It’s about what people are eating and whether they are exercising.
What do you think is the main cause of obesity?