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A Third Of Americans Dine Out Daily At Fast-Food Restaurants: A Nutritionist Speaks Out

A Third Of Americans Dine Out Daily At Fast-Food Restaurants: A Nutritionist Speaks Out

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  • Brief—and somewhat snippy—interview with my grad school Dept head, Marion Nestle. What she misses here is that brands that appeal to higher SES, like Starbucks, brands that dominate in other day parts, like Dunkin, or those people choose for somewhat healthier options, like Subway, are included here

    Brief—and somewhat snippy—interview with my grad school Dept head, Marion Nestle. What she misses here is that brands that appeal to higher SES, like Starbucks, brands that dominate in other day parts, like Dunkin, or those people choose for somewhat healthier options, like Subway, are included here. But overall I agree—nutritionists need to meet people where they are. And where they are is out to eat fast and affordable deliciousness.

  • This is kind of a gross statistic, and bit surprising to be honest. Despite what is stated in the interview, and has become accepted as fact, fast food is not cheap (to buy) food. Yes, it's cheap quality, high fat, high calorie food, but the price of a meal at a fast food restaurant isn't that different

    This is kind of a gross statistic, and bit surprising to be honest. Despite what is stated in the interview, and has become accepted as fact, fast food is not cheap (to buy) food. Yes, it's cheap quality, high fat, high calorie food, but the price of a meal at a fast food restaurant isn't that different from the price you'd pay at a better shop where you would likely find some healthier options. It's more than just the price that's luring people in - it's convenience and the addictive qualities of these foods, which has been repeatedly shown in studies. It's also important to note that these business models aren't that successful anymore - McDonald's saw a decline in sales over the last few years, prompting them to take over Chipotle, which has healthier options and was becoming far more popular. There's room for change, but it has to be encouraged by consumers.

  • I definitely agree with Christina here. I think when purchasing a meal individually at a fast food restaurant, it may seem cheap initially. However, the more you continue to spend at these restaurants, the more likely the cost is to exceed your normal grocery bill. People also really see the convenience

    I definitely agree with Christina here. I think when purchasing a meal individually at a fast food restaurant, it may seem cheap initially. However, the more you continue to spend at these restaurants, the more likely the cost is to exceed your normal grocery bill. People also really see the convenience and run with it. Short break from work? Why not stop at McDonalds when there’s literally a grocery store right across the way? Late home and need to feed the kiddos? Why not grab a taco pack from Taco Bell to feed the whole family? As someone who eats out pretty limitedly now, I can say cooking is a hell of a lot cheaper and it’s so much healthier. Yeah, I’ll prolly have some of those toxic chicken nuggets from McDonalds once every blue moon, but as an adult, I understand there are negative repercussions to those eating habits.