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Are Amercians Turning Their Bulging Back On Fast Food?

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Ten years after the infamous 'Supersize Me' movie highlighted the epidemic of obesity and fast-food in the US, it appears, from CDC data, that the message that greasy burgers and other artery-clogging food is not good (no matter how cheap). As NBCNews reports, the percentage of calories consumed from fast-food has dropped from 12.8% between 2003-2006 to 11.3% between 2007-2010. The reasons are not entirely clear though an aging population is certainly a factor as they comment, "Maybe you don't listen at 30, but you do at 60 when you are more vulnerable to clogged arteries of high blood pressure," as the 60-plus age group's consumption of fast-food dropped as low as 6% of calories (with the 20-39 age group consuming the most). Unfortunately, non-Hispanic black adults consumed a worrying 21% of their calories from fast-food. While this appears to be a positive thing, and indeed the aging of our population provides some backing for it continuing, we can't help but fear that the ongoing surge in food stamps and disability benefits suggests the fast-food 'breadlines' of today may be regrowing.

 

Via NBCNews,

Americans’ love affair with fast food may be far from over, but there are signs we may be cutting down on French fries, greasy burgers and other artery-clogging food, according to a new study.

 

A survey released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that, on average, adults consumed about 11.3 percent of their daily calorie intake from fast food in the 2007-2010 period – a drop from 12.8 percent in 2003-2006.

 

The CDC noted that more frequent fast-food consumption is associated with higher energy and fat intake and lower intake of healthful nutrients.

 

During 2007–2010, the highest percentage of calories from fast food was consumed among adults aged 20–39, the survey said. But among non-Hispanic black adults in that group, 21 percent of their calories were consumed from fast food. Cheryl Fryar, one of the authors of the study, said that while calorie intake was higher in young blacks than young whites, there was little racial or ethnicity differences in older Americans. She noted that the percentage of fast-food calories in the diet dropped to as low as 6 percent in the 60-plus age group. There was little difference between men and women, she said.

 

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The survey results come almost 10 years after the film “Supersize Me” highlighted the danger of diets heavy on fast food, such as hamburgers, French fries and pizza.

 

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Fernstrom said the second significant finding was that the fast-food calorie intake dropped dramatically as people age. “It could be cost related, or is it because people are becoming more health conscious?”

 

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“Maybe you don’t listen at 30, but you do at 60 when you are more vulnerable to clogged arteries of high blood pressure.”

 

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Commenting on the lower fast-food calorie intake, he said it was not clear if people were cutting back on how often they went to fast food restaurants or simply ordered healthier menu options. “Nowadays, they're offering a whole plethora of lower-calorie alternatives,” such as salads, low-fat dressings, low-calorie yogurt or desserts, smaller portions, low-fat and fat-free milk and water.

 

“It's no longer about where you eat, it's about what you choose when you're there.  I can't say for sure, but I believe McDonald's is still doing robust business, and if more of that is coming from lower-calorie foods, salads, fresh fruit, etc., then that's terrific,” Ayoob told NBCNews.com.

 

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Thu, 02/21/2013 - 12:58 | 3263707 Dre4dwolf
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It's fucking cold outside, im gona eat my damned empty calories. 28F right now + wind.

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:01 | 3263731 zuuma
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Fear not!

Obamacare & ethanol mandates will have us looking like thin, trim Ethiopians in no time!

Eat cheesburgers while you still can.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:04 | 3263751 knukles
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Where's my deep fried pork rind and spaghetti sandwich?
-Elvis

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:15 | 3263803 walküre
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Does it say blacks eating twice as much crappy fast food than everyone else? Now I get where this First Lady is coming from.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:18 | 3263814 francis_sawyer
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Chewbacca's [not to mention Kim Kardashian's] fat ass has become an 'ASSpirational' goal of modern day 'would-be' Marie Antoinettes...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:21 | 3263827 SWIFT 760
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jewbux value menu

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:06 | 3263842 francis_sawyer
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I didn't say that [this time]... But now that you mention it, you don't even need joobux to take advantage of the discount bucket deal at Popeyes... You jus need your EBT card... Jamie Dimon wishes you... 'bon appetit BITCH'!

~~~

Oh ~ Here come the junks... It's fucking hilarious... Jews must be more sacred than God Almighty himself... People don't think twice of taking the Lord's name in vain [Goddammit! Holy Shit! Jesus Fucking Christ!]... But say 'joobux' & it's enough to make delicate do-gooders have a fucking anuerysm... [rolls eyes]...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:32 | 3264637 Divine Wind
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The down arrows are not from slamming the Jews or using God's name in vain.

The down arrows come from the shallow thinking that brings the desire to type such things in the first place.

This nation has lots of assholes in power positions.

The fact that a handful of these assholes are ALSO Jews does not warrant the bashing.

It demonstrates shallow intellect, a weakness in critical thinking or a laziness in wanting to take the time to accurately articulate the problem.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Try becoming friends with a Jew sometime. Treat them as a good friend, as you would one of your Christian pals for instance.... Celebrate their successes and offer a helping hand in their failures. Burp their kids. Tolerate their BS as you would a Christian pals, just as they tolerate yours.

Do this with sincerity and you will find yourself greatly blessed.

So few people do this it is no wonder the Jews keep to themselves and their own circles.

 

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 19:07 | 3265103 francis_sawyer
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 "This nation has lots of assholes in power positions... The fact that a handful of these assholes are ALSO Jews does not warrant the bashing..."

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How wrong you are... I've made it ABUNDANTLY clear that it's a problem [mostly for people like YOU]... To understand mathematics, statistics, ratios, or quantum analysis...

Jews represent less than 1% of the worlds population... Yet ~ in the US... They represent roughly:

- 70% of the power nodes in MSM

- probably 50% [or greater] of the power nodes in banking... [I'm being extremely generous here]

- & nearly all of the most vocal political lobby

- They're even 33% of the fucking Supreme Court [which gets it candidates, presumably, from the vast pool of legal professionals]...

So ~ if, [as you yourself say], "This nation has a lot of assholes in power positions"...Then you yourself, are largely being critical of jews... Welcome to the club...

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"Treat them as a good friend, as you would one of your Christian pals for instance"

Christian pals?... CHRISTIAN PALS???... What the fuck do you know about me [more than your own interpretation of what I'm all about based on a fucking intenet blog]?... Are you some kind of a fucking retard?

 

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 19:10 | 3265105 francis_sawyer
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shallow thinking = "if, on TV, they say that if you use the word 'JEW', you're 'anti-semitic'... Then it must be true"...

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You know ~ because it was on TV, & all...

 

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 19:29 | 3265106 francis_sawyer
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shallow thinking = call into question the  MASSIVE over representation of jews in power nodes...

DEEP THINKING = STFU & kiss your ass goodbye 

 

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 22:05 | 3265613 Divine Wind
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OK Francis, what percentage of Jews would be acceptable to you? What number would King Francis set?

Your explanation reveals your problem with Jews.

You are pissed because they are the top achievers, and as the top achievers, naturally everyone else comes in second or further back.

If it was not them, you would be pissing and moaning that it was whoever else was at the top. And yes, top achievers do have many common features extending beyond religion or ethnicity.

That is, unless YOU were at the top. Then it would be OK, right.

In the end, it all comes down, as usual, to you being jealous or their success.

What an ass. Time to grow up.

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 23:15 | 3265801 francis_sawyer
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I'm a simple kind of person...

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Therefore ~ How about an EXACT representation versus population?...

Do you believe in DEMOCRACY?... I'm not saying that I, francis_sawyer necessarily believes in that [because, historically, it is a concept that seems highly FUNGIBLE at whim]... But for shits & grins let's play the 'DEMOCRACY' game...

~~~

You make the case that they are 'top achievers'... I make the case that PLANNED & PRACTICED NEPOTISM is the REASON that they are 'top achievers'...

After all... YOU are the one who is characterizing their [SO CALLED] 'ACHIEVEMENTS' as 'SUCCESS'... Frankly ~ I'd consider them a miserable FAILURE [based on results]... Otherwise ~ why would a blog like this [of which you are a regular customer] be GAINING in popularity & resonance...?

I await your thoughtful reply...

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:46 | 3266701 secret_sam
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There definitely COULD BE nepotism involved, every ethnic group seems to do some of that. 

It could also be they're smarter than you, and rather than bitching about how unfair the world is, they're working their asses off to *earn* the positions that you feel are so unevenly distributed.

It is hard to understand how the planned and practiced nepotism of such a tiny percentage of the population would result in them "ruling the world" if there weren't some other factors involved.  Even WASPs stick together.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 12:57 | 3263708 pods
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From what I see on a daily basis, Amerikans are not calorie deficient.

pods

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 12:58 | 3263715 Tijuana Donkey Show
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They are calorie deficient, just that some calories are more equal than others.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:39 | 3263874 hedgeless_horseman
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Mrs. Horseman showing off some of her lean meat...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:40 | 3263891 DaveyJones
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more jokes bringing up the rear

that's quite a property hedgeless

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:42 | 3263904 hedgeless_horseman
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That's no property...that's my wife!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:44 | 3263916 DaveyJones
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as long as she knows she's the butt of your jokes

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:57 | 3263971 francis_sawyer
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nice bunnies! :-)

~~~

Is that a pistol in the belt there?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:28 | 3264097 kaiserhoff
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She must be in shape if she can run down a couple of rabbits.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:06 | 3264202 q99x2
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Probably a hell-hound. Didn't have to use the gun. Knocked the rabbits dead with one look of her face.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:08 | 3264212 Hulk
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Rabbit is fast food !!!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 18:52 | 3265107 TBT or not TBT
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This lightweight article did not define "fast food" but here is one certainty for you.

A serving of pasta or bread, whole grain or otherwise, surely wasn't in the CDC fastfood definition, and yet has a higher glycemic index than a calorie equal quantity of table sugar or coke.   Go have a look at the tables that figure both.  Bread/pasta are worse than table sugar or coke.    Potatoes are less bad, the main problem with them being the omega-6 charged oils they are fried in.     Insulin spikes plus far too much omega-6 generates inflammatory signals in every tissue, body wide, including in arteries of course.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 01:25 | 3266137 TruthInSunshine
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There's nothing sexier (I mean that in the most respectful of ways) than a woman who is self-sufficient.

Keeper, Keep Her, HH.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:41 | 3263898 Tijuana Donkey Show
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LOVE IT. I havr a herd as well, but I lost chickens, as our city banned them. (I'm in a sub-urban area.) Rabbit is great, people should know more about it, and how easy it is to raise. Extra credit on the handgun!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:42 | 3264133 kaiserhoff
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Barbequed rabbit is great.  Even better, serve it in a wine sauce.  Your guests will praise it to the moon..., and then realize they don't know what they are eating;)

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:41 | 3263900 knukles
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Mrs H packs too, eh?
Nice

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:18 | 3264246 Hulk
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The heater keeps Mr Horseman on the straight and narrow !!!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:34 | 3264112 markovchainey
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There is so much sexy in that picture...you're my new hero Hedgeless!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:42 | 3264131 Hulk
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Thats nothing HH ! Heres Grandma with dinner!!!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_IH_8vz4ah9U/TKZwi3VtpnI/AAAAAAAAAfg/M-ib3j9rfz...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:54 | 3264168 kaiserhoff
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Some of us worry about you Hulk,

and the rest gave up worrying long ago;)

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:04 | 3264199 Hulk
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I actually have no idea on who that Grandma is!

But you can imagine my surprise when she came through the front door with a dead raccoon in one hand and a .22 in the other !!!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:59 | 3264184 spinone
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woodchucks good eatin

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:59 | 3264431 Wile-E-Coyote
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Ahhhhh they don't look like any wild rabbits I have ever seen, does your kids know what mum just did?

Let me guess the left one was called snowy and the right one sooty. The kids will need extra Ritalin this weekend after they find the hutch door swinging in the breeze.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:16 | 3263760 DaveyJones
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and they balance that girth with other deficiencies

Like investments, some food (plants) give better nutritional return per calorie/dollar than others. And like investments, diversity keeps the whole thing properly fed and growing without criminally poisonous instruments - the garden and the thing eating out of it. 

and, if you can find (or borrow) a patch of dirt and compost some food / plant waste - I can't possibly find a better return than a packet of seeds and a little attention.

just got my "mizspoona" seeds (cross of Mizuna and Tatsoi) supposed to be very cold hardy with that asian mustard bite. starting in the greenhouse

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:21 | 3263825 pods
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I pick up my seeds from Baker Creek. They also have a catalog that is, and I don't mind saying this, beautiful.  Backstories on the strains, pics, etc.

http://rareseeds.com/

Look forward to some Cherokee Purples and Black Krims eaten like apples.  

It is amazing to see how many different types of seeds available, and the variation within each.

pods

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:56 | 3263877 DaveyJones
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Yeah Rareseeds is cool. Like other economic corners, there are a lot of great "little guys" out there. At least till Monsanto kills them.  Imagine the seed diversity a hundred years ago. It truly is superior intelligence on every level including free "market."  I have come to like these guys as well:

wildgardenseed.com

adaptiveseeds.com - some great rare varieties

evergreenseeds.com - amazing asian varieties (some are fantastic cold hardy stuff)

gourmetseed.com - decent european diversity

pfaf.org - great information site, huge database of plants and info

http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/perennial_vegetables:paperback  - great book on perennials which are really the best return on every resource

raintreenursery.com  - great variety of fruit, rare and otherwise

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:31 | 3264101 zhandax
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I just put in my spring order at Italian Seed and Tool last night.  Only guys I have found that sell authentic peperoncini seed.  I highly recommend their San Marzano tomatoes, as well.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:53 | 3264166 californiagirl
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Hi Davey.  :-)  How is the GMO fight going?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:27 | 3264275 DaveyJones
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Thanks. we got the critical signature number. So the real fight will soon begin. The Seattle Times, MSM, just did a piece saying very little but claiming it's not worth the "cost." I think I have convinced the movement to be proactive and aggressive demonstrating the deadly evidence that is already out there, in addition to the lying claim that it will cost significant money to simply rearrange ink on an already required label, with the fact that just like any other item in a "free market" we should have the right to know what we are buying - especially food whether it's good bad or indifferent for us, with the fact that 70 countries have done this and their system has not economically imploded - at least on this basis, and the final (and I think most important point) that a number of sicentists think there are serious connections with serious health issues and the ONLY way to settle this is a tracking database so...if the industry is so sure it's clean they should want the database as well to prove their point but if they are so scared of the results maybe that's why they throw the money out to block because its nothing like the money of a health class actions or product kill.... 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:07 | 3264497 californiagirl
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Seattle/Washington will be tough because you are up against Gates money.  One of his major agendas is pushing GMOs (and other toxins) around the world and working with the federal governement to strong-arm and threaten any country that resists the urge to poison its citizens.  It fits well with his population reduction agenda.  I hope you guys succeed where California failed. 

Also, isn't the Seattle Times owned by McClatchy, who also owns/invests in baseball teams?  Those baseball guys love the steroids and other artificial chemicals.  And they are all about denying it.  Why would he want to support a movement to tell the truth?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:33 | 3264864 Miffed Microbio...
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This was the only issue we voted on in Cali ( what else really mattered?) and we were devastated it failed. If Washington succeeds it will be a sign we are truly done as a state. Godspeed! Anything we Calis can do let us know.

Miffed;-)

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:56 | 3264930 DaveyJones
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I remember prosecuting Gates for his old speeding days in his Jaguar. He would "spend" 30k at his daddy's firm fighting them. One time, we actually believe someone broke in and stole the paperwork. Also had a paralegal working for me whose roomate dated him not long before he hooked up with the wife. She described him coming over and weirding out much like many of the theories thrown around for his "medical" condition.

Gates can spend all the money in the world. God knows he has it. THey key is getting people to see that big money and big government are the same with the same agenda and could care less about your health and the fact that they want "reverse product placement" and will spend Gates money to fight it, only proves our point.

Bring it on    

And this bullshit about its necessity for more food production. THere is already data out there showing its destruction and inefficencies as well

Bring it on

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 19:07 | 3265136 californiagirl
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BTW, I recall reading that Gates father was a well-know Eugenicist.  Maybe one of the reasons he is so messed up. 

And you are correct about those studies. Plenty of studies showing that the damage to the soil by GMOs actually reduces yield over the years - not increasing it like the GMO advocates like to say.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 12:58 | 3263710 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Fuck it, I have Obamacare, so burgers up bitchez!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 12:59 | 3263716 SemperFord
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We all learn from a young age how to eat healthy, If people are stupid enough to eat that shit they deserve what they get.

 

Edit: At the same time I don't agree with selling shit and calling it food.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:48 | 3264151 DosZap
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Most older folks do not eat fast foods,except on rare occasions when they are rushed.

Plus, there is no such thing as a CHEAP Burger/fries /drink combo anymore, anywhere.

$7.00-$8.00 for an adult male.

For that you can eat REAL food.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 18:57 | 3265114 secret_sam
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    there is no such thing as a CHEAP Burger/fries /drink combo

That's an outrageous amount of calories, tho--why would it be cheap?  You're better off just getting a value burger and a value fries/rings/whatever if you have any sense of scale for caloric intake.

The average meal for the average grown male assuming a fairly active day should be about 800 calories.  You'll probably get 1300-1500 from a common "value meal."  And that's not even to get into the fact that most "average grown males" in the USA aren't ACTIVE.

(Admittedly: lots of folks only really eat once a day, in which case that "value meal" is a reasonable, albeit unhealthy, option.  Figure some junkfood snacks during the day and a value meal for dinner and for sure you won't starve.)

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 12:59 | 3263721 insanelysane
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Americans are only cutting back on fast food because it is no longer "cheap".  Mom and pop restaurants that have relatively higher quality food have held their prices down.  The consumer is making a choice, do I spend $35 for a family of 4 at fast food or do I spend $40 at a restaurant.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:06 | 3263763 NoWayJose
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Also, a lot of grocery stores have upgraded their own 'take out' options, either 'hot and ready' to eat, or 'zap and eat', and at lower prices than most fast food - especially since you avoid the fries and a drink add-ons.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:36 | 3264654 Catch-22
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Also, you can’t digest that shit when you’re past your 20’s…

… as population gets older, fast food is simply not an option.

 

… Potassium Ferro Cyanide anyone?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 12:59 | 3263723 Shizzmoney
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Unfortunately, non-Hispanic black adults consumed a worrying 21% of their calories from fast-food. While this appears to be a positive thing, and indeed the aging of our population provides some backing for it continuing, we can't help but fear that the ongoing surge in food stamps and disability benefits suggests the fast-food 'breadlines' of today may be regrowing.

Well, when it'sthe only thing you can afford - then of course you are going to buy it.

Consumers WANT to make better choices - its just the price discovery mechanism is all fucked up so when I go to the grocery store to buy Kale, Yogurt, Grass-fed Meat, etc........I'm literally paying an arm and a leg.

You won't hear this from the economist (Keynesian OR Austrian) who gets a comfy salary from his university though - HE can afford the good food, so everything to HIM, is all good.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:07 | 3263769 astoriajoe
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Actually I've heard Austrians say this. Its not like its a secret or anything.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:31 | 3263952 hedgeless_horseman
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Well, when it's the only thing you can afford - then of course you are going to buy it.

 

Consumers WANT to make better choices...

 

This is such horseshit.  Stop kidding yourself.

Consumers only real choice is to consume MOAR or MOARER.

Consumer's give up any real power to choose when they become consumers.

Do my cattle, rabbits, and chickens get to choose what they want to eat?  No.

The producers get to choose to feed you whatever is most profitable.

Don't be a consumer, be a producer, if you really and truly do, "...WANT to make better choices."

 

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:15 | 3264224 object_orient
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Your wife looks way hotter from the back...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:26 | 3264285 Panafrican Funk...
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Fucking agreed 1000% good sir.  I'm a person.  I produce and consume.  

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:36 | 3264875 secret_sam
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Different people have different goals, in general. 

Just as you can point to a guy who videos himself consuming mass quantities of disgusting food, I can point to a single mother on food-stamps making an effort to buy healthy food for her kids at the grocery store.

If you really believe that all your worst fantasies about "how everyone behaves" are true, I can't understand why you'd ever want to get out of bed in the morning.  The world is just full of shitty people who are going to steal your stuff and/or kill you and/or ruin your kids' lives.

That's not really what you think, though, is it?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:08 | 3263770 Central Bankster
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They also like that its greasy and salty, and that they can wash it down with sugar and caffeine.  Its not only the cheapness of the food.  If that were the case, rice and beans would be equal substitutes for these people.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:58 | 3264177 darteaus
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It's cheaper to go the the grocery store, buy food, bring it home and cook it.

Ham/horse burger is $3.40/lb, 6 pack of Coke is $1.25, potatoes $1/lb.  Cost for a family of 4: $6-8.  You can't do that at MikkyD's.

It's CONVENIENT and FAST, but NOT CHEAP.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:18 | 3264242 object_orient
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You forgot the buns, condiments and cooking oil. Gas in the car for trip to and from store. Time for cooking and cleanup. If you're eating burgers, fries, and coke, might as well go to McD's after all.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:26 | 3264582 darteaus
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You get buns for your burgers and condiments?  You have a car?  YOU'RE RICH!!!

 

Seriously though:

OK, add $2 more for buns, condiments and oil - that's $10/meal for a family of 4.

Gas in the car?  Aren't you driving to MikkyDs too?  So that is a wash in terms of time and money, right?

Time for cooking & cleanup?  I can cook a burger and clean up in 10 minutes, but let's make it 30 minutes.  For the poor, and that is who we're talking about, at minimum wage that's $4.

Now we have a total of $14 & 30 minutes for a family of 4.  My internet search shows $6 for 2 happy meals & $12 for 2 Big Mac meals.  That's $18.

$18 > $14.

Once you get the condiments & get into the habiit of cooking, it is a LOT faster than going out, driving, waiting in line, driving home - as my wife has pointed out repeatedly.

Ltr...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:03 | 3264756 secret_sam
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     6 pack of Coke is $1.25

Where's that?  They're about $2.99 in Brooklyn.  I buy the 2-liters (for $1.69 - $2.50) when I buy it at all.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:45 | 3264901 darteaus
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Walmart without a coupon.

Since I don't eat a McDonalds or drink Coke, I did an internet search and that is the price I found, but it seems a little dated now.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 18:41 | 3265072 secret_sam
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That's pretty damn cheap, even for a year and a half ago.  I guess it would help to be in a state without a 5 cent deposit, too.  Maybe they were those smaller cans.  I've been seeing 8 oz soda-can six-packs lately.

I don't disagree at all with your point, though.  You can eat VERY WELL for $20/week if you can actually cook and have some time to spend on it.  Many folks can't cook, unfortunately. 

I was actually invited over to dinner (a friend of the GF) recently and when dinnertime rolled around, we ORDERED TAKEOUT FROM A FRICKIN' DINER.  Uy.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:00 | 3263730 darteaus
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It's due to Michelle Obama's Let's Move program!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:09 | 3263774 otto skorzeny
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You'll never see Moochelle move faster than when she's making a beeline for the all-you-can eat shrimp buffet.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:50 | 3263947 JR
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Bob Grisham, the head football coach at Lauderdale County High School in Alabama, was suspended by the school board for candidly telling his football players that their lunches had been made smaller in accordance with Department of Education policy on calories in school lunches.

Grisham specifically cited first lady Michelle Obama as behind the call for calorie counting. “Like those lunches,” Grisham was recorded telling students. “You get 600-calories lunches. You know who’s behind that? Fat butt Michelle Obama.”

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:01 | 3263733 Hulk
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Could it be that, due to rising healthcare costs, folks have decided it is time to get healthy and save some money???

/no fucking way, they just ain't got the bucks anymore...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:25 | 3263830 DaveyJones
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Let's hope so Hulk

A farmer pointed out a while back that americans have inverted the percentage of income they spend on food with the percentage they spend on healthcare. That same person suggested there may be a connection.

As it continues to hit the fan, and as we see, the major food producers will begin substituting, at greater levels, shit that is not food.

This is more than your fiscal health

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:00 | 3263994 Creepy Lurker
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Good point. The horesemeat scandal in Europe is just the start. And don't think for a minute that its not going on here as well. Mickey D's just hasn't got caught yet.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:03 | 3263745 Marley
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I'm sure you're joking when you call "Fast Food"TM food?  Food has nutritional value.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:12 | 3263780 CaptainSpaulding
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I love meat cake

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:11 | 3263785 MFLTucson
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Go to Wal Mart for your answer.  

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:11 | 3263786 suteibu
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America is exporting its calories to Asia where obesity is rising since the expansion of McDonald's and KFC.  The question is whether speading democracy is more profitable by war or fast food and, ultimately, which is more destructive to the invaded nation?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:54 | 3263957 DaveyJones
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That happens to everyone exposed to the "western" stuff your face (and your credit balance) culture

The documentary "how to live to 101" shows how Okinawans (the oldest living people) quickly drop off when they move to Hawaii and start eating like them.

So I promise, if I move there, I'll just surf

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:39 | 3263789 Bam_Man
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Once they get tired of the eating the same 2 or 3 "Dollar Menu" items, the muppets are finding that they can't afford anything on the regular menu.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:11 | 3263790 haskelslocal
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Nothing said it better than Fast Food Nation.

Shit in the food

Immigration Issues

Teen Idiots

And the Shove It In Your Face fact that the crap will kill you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUrMqpjuHD4

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:13 | 3263795 Spastica Rex
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I thought McDonald's was a paragon of Taylorian capitalist virtue?

God, I just cannot figure this shit out.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:15 | 3263804 Jason T
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I'm 35 .. I certainly have. Won't touch MCD .. very occationally, Wendy's jr. hambergers. 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:20 | 3263816 medium giraffe
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I'll take a Big Freddie Mac and Fast Forward Fries. 

Yummmmm, empty calories...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:20 | 3263821 Tsar Pointless
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Well, if they're shunning fast-food "restaurants", then why is our local major grocery chain laying off people?

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/giant-eagle-begins-layoffs-676337/

Hmm. Could it be that the economy isn't doing so spiffy?

Nah. Can't be that. We have Chairman Ben watching our backs.

Now, what is he doing holding that knife?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:52 | 3263955 1C3-N1N3
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Jahnt Iggle is too spensive, n'at. Yinz aughtta go dahn ta da Shur Save in Bloomfield, er da Foodland up in Mahnt Washington. Careful, it's slippy aught.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:17 | 3264802 californiagirl
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The grocery stores around here that sell organic food, like Whole Foods, are booming.  New ones are opening up every year.  There are now 5 Whole Foods within 15 minutes drive from my house (two are as huge as Home Depots) and a bunch of Sunflower and Sprouts markets have opened in the past couple of years.  Heck, even Target started carrying some organic foods.  The older grocery chains that have little or no organic food have been losing customers and closing stores.  I know I would rather spend more money on healthy food and less on medical services and pharma.  I'd cut other things in my budget before buying cheap, toxic food and visiting fast food chains.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:20 | 3263823 buzzsaw99
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“It could be cost related, or is it because people are becoming more health conscious?”

 

I assure you it is the former rather than the latter.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:21 | 3263828 SmittyinLA
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fast food was another "boomer bubble", now the state would love for "Hispanics" to fill the gap, but they have an obesity & diabetes rate more than 200% higher than whites-and the state is already pestering them about diet. 

Has Ameirka reached peak fast food?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:26 | 3263839 medium giraffe
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Peak fast food?  100,000 horses just whinnied in relief...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:23 | 3263832 rtn
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It's not the fat; it's the sugar and its effects on insulin that makes people store and not burn bodyfat.  

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:48 | 3263933 busted by the b...
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Got a reference on that? 

How about heart disease?

TIA.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:10 | 3264007 DaveyJones
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a 20 ounce bottle of soda contains 16 teaspoons of sugar (read corn syrup)

I think that is far above levels recommended by the health industry (heart assoc etc)

of course, the other fake sugars have lots of problems as well, some covered up by the FDA for decades - aspartame

Think Stevia (plant) is a little safer

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:04 | 3264198 passwordis
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Aspartame has been renamed Aminosweet.    Sounds yummy doesn't it?    The fact that they felt the need to rename it says a lot.  People are making a difference.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:33 | 3264305 DaveyJones
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...so is a corrupt FDA. Just like Bankers. We expect them to be selfish criminals but our "public representatives"  are, in theory, supposed to be something else.     

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:25 | 3263836 HoaX
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What if animals ate fastfood:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lOhvS-xyrA

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:21 | 3264817 californiagirl
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Have you seen what they feed and inject into livestock and poultry these days?  Makes Upton Sinclair's novel sound downright healthy!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:28 | 3263848 One Ton Lady
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No business like shoah business.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 13:30 | 3263855 Seasmoke
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what is the calorie intake for Purina Fancy Feast ?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:03 | 3263992 conspicio
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As Spock says many times to Capt. Kirk: "Fascinating, Captain."

Non-hispanicblackadult eating habits are being tracked. This is no doubt to ensure that just enough of them survive the rampant gunplay, abortion, and general ills that befall the non-hispanicblackadultpopulation so that they will vote as commanded.Don't leave the plantation, your ubermensch needs you!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:06 | 3264008 passwordis
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 The inter-webs have allowed people to hear real health experts speak instead of the government funded TV experts. The result is more people are learning the truth about what makes us sick. We are lead to believe, by the MSM and it's government paid "experts" that there is a consensus on everything from the cause and cures of Cancer to the validity of Global warming and the need for vaccines.  

 What we learn is there is no real scientific consensus on anything or perhaps a better way to put it it the real consensus (truth) is only promoted if it benefits special interests. It's counter productive for CBS to have an expert on to tell people that you can improve your health drastically within weeks by simply changing your diet.   They would be doing a huge service to their viewers but the drug and junk food advertisers wouldn't like it very much hence the reason we will never hear the truth on CBS.

 

 

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:09 | 3264024 JR
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Again, here is that intentional grouping of Hispanics with whites or blacks whenever the socially correct conclusions are to be made; not including election results of course where the rise of Hispanics is important to voting in the new America and out with the old.

In this case, here’s the crux of the social conclusion: non-Hispanic black adults consumed a worrying 21% of their calories from fast-food.  

Mixing white and Hispanic and black and Asian data on any kind of diet or health issue is troubling when there is such a difference in body construction, size and dietary habits.

The reasons the culture levelers are doing this is to reduce the impact of all of the characteristics of the white culture, namely fewer children, white history, lifestyle, and especially attitudes about government, politics, and, of course, social coherence.

Not to mention, either, that many families, particularly the lower middle class, now depend more on fast food because of convenience imposed by evil time constraints due to pushing both parents out of the home and into the work force.

The social levelers cover up Hispanic data when they want to talk about education, achievement, SAT scores, crime, poverty, even illegal immigration; but they promote it when they want to erase the truth about the white culture.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:51 | 3264159 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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would moors be consider hispanic blacks?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:26 | 3264273 Cheeseus Sonofdog
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The irony is that the vast majority of "hispanics" are caucasians. As Hispanics reproduce more and take more jobs, that actually means the population is becoming more caucasian. Blacks are seeing caucasians taking their jobs thanks to the liberals and will eventually be bred out of our society. But it comes down to an attempt to genocide a culture due to jealousy. They don't like lighter skinned caucasians that have traditional American heritage. They seek to punish them by exploiting caucasians with a different culture so they can invade and conquer. Using the Hispanic label allows them to use government affirmative action to achieve the goal of a unified beige Marxist utopia.

There is also the issue of ebt cards(food stamps). It has freed up hundreds of dollars for families. When government gives you $200 that means you saved $200 that can be spent at McDonalds. If we brought back the cans of beans and government cheese, the ebt families would have less to spend at McDonalds as they won't eat what we give them. If we only handed out "healthy food" most food stamp recipients would not take it at all. 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:37 | 3264335 No More Bubbles
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FYI - EBT cards are actually accepted at McDonalds, and several other fast food joints!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:36 | 3264329 object_orient
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"White culture" eh?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 18:45 | 3265082 secret_sam
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Defined by mayonaise and watery beer, I think.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:52 | 3264117 Cheeseus Sonofdog
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Downsizing: The diehard eaters buy their old regular choice, but it has been downsized(less meat, less fries, smaller soda). Also, many places no longer have a dollar menu and/or reduced the size of product. Such as Taco Bell that used to have the 1/2 pound bean burrito for $1 with 460 calories and 23 grams of protein. It is now a basic bean burrito with 370 calories and 13 grams of protein. Same price, yet 20% less calories(product) and 45% less meat. All around, you find higher prices for less product. That is why places like McDonalds and Walmart love Michelle Obamas crusade. They get to sell you less, but ask a higher price by claiming it is healthier for you. All they did was slash the size. 

The food police would like to say that higher prices reduce consumption. They are right for a small segment of the population, but mostly what we are seeing is downsizing reducing calories. Consumers still buy that bag ofdoritos, but today it costs $4.39 for a 10oz bag while ten years ago a 15oz bag cost $1.69. The price went up 100% higher than the inflation rate, but consumption didn't drop by that much. The consumer still bought the same bag but got much less at a higher price. Proof that fat taxes wouldn't work. Taking the doritos example, they may have slapped a 100% tax on the sale, yet consumption didn't drop.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:49 | 3264132 Hongcha
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Btw: Goddamn Monsanto, the evilest corporation on plant Earth.

I am certainly not pounding the table on this subject.  I can look around and see what has happened to American bodies; and yes, particularly Mexican and African-American bodies.  I see what many white Americans are buying at their local Safeways.

The facts are out there about this "food" but if they like their gals and children gordita, what am I gonna do about it?

It is entirely their fucking business.  I won't take part.  I have gone to many gatherings where I would rather go outside and eat weeds off the lawn than what's on offer.  I basically just don't eat it.  But let others have whatever they want and can pay for.

I don't buy that they can't afford it.  They won't do it because the other shit tastes better.

Few things are more personal than what a guy eats.  Let them have what they want.  The .gov trying to control and reg this is obviously a fucking joke.

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:29 | 3264854 californiagirl
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I can agree with most of what you say if people were told what they were eating because companies were required to put all the ingredients on the label.  Unfortunately, that is far from reality.  For example, how do the big olive oil manufacturers get away with labeling their products 100% olive oil when the olive oil is diluted with canola, cottonseed oil and/or other toxic, cheap oils.  Not one word anywhere on the label either.  That should be considered fraud, but the FDA just looks the other way. 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:48 | 3264150 sudzee
Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:51 | 3264162 californiagirl
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America's mistake is thinking that just because something is low-calorie, or low-fat, that it is healthy.  Not when it is full of herbicides, pesticides, CMV promoter viruses, and countless other toxic chemicals and GMOs.

What's in a McDonald's McRib?  Over 70 ingredients, but not beef ribs. Things like traditionally-discarded animal parts, heart, tongue, stomach and worse, including from pigs, glued together to create a solid, rib-like substance using transglutaminase or blood-extract meat glue.  Another toxic ingredient is a flour-bleaching agent known as azodicarbonamide used in manufacturing foamed plastics, which is banned from foods in Australia and Europe, and can result in a $450k fine and 15 years in jail in Singapore if you are caught putting it in food.  Not to mention all the unlisted ingredients like toxic antibiotics, Revlar (synthetic estrogen), beta agonist ractopamine [a livestock drug banned in 160 nations and responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown and 10% mortality in pigs, and marked “Not for use in humans. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask”], Paylean, Optaflexx, GMOs, steroids, chicken manure, and mashed up animal parts, etc. that they feed livestock these days.

And people wonder why the healthcare and Big Pharma industry is growing in leaps and bounds and more and more people are getting cancer and other terminal diseases at younger and younger ages.  Duh!

 

 

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:00 | 3264430 ZeroAvatar
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MMMMMMM!  Meat Glue!  I love the smell of AMMONIA in the morning!

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:57 | 3264172 Hongcha
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Great post California Girl.

Almost. Like. They. Want. Americans. SICK.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:28 | 3264299 californiagirl
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Of course they do.  The more drugs they can sell and the more patients that doctors and hospitals have, the more money the industry makes and the fatter the executive bonuses (expanding like the average girth of Americans).

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:02 | 3264680 californiagirl
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It's the same reason the American Dental Association promotes the use of toxic chemicals from fertilizer smoke-stack scrubbers as "safe" for water fluoridation (which has to be chemically offset with a Draino-like substance so it does not eat the water pipes) and which builds up in bones (causing fluorosis and leaching out the calcium), making bones and teeth more suseptible to cracking and breaking. Dentists make more money from the big stuff, like root canals, crowns, implants, etc. than they do from cleanings and an occasional cavity, so more cracked and broken teeth are a good thing for their industry.  If the ADA actually promoted teaching children excellent brushing and flossing techniques rather than attempting to treat the plaque and cavities (resulting from poor habits) with toxic chemicals with all kinds of detrimental side effects, then the dentistry industry would shrink and jobs would be lost.  Besides, by promoting fluoridated water, the ADA also helps keep the medical industry employed by causing all kinds of side effects and illnesses that help keep Big Pharma and doctors busy.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:08 | 3264210 icm63
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SATURATED FAT IS GOOD video below

 

Must watch...(to save your life)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRe9z32NZHY

 

The largest food fraud ever (covered above) but it started with this movie

http://www.fathead-movie.com/


Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:27 | 3264289 FubarNation
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I'd bet the fat farm that the reduction percentage (fucking insignificant as it is) is from the downsizing of the serving sized of the food and the size of the burgers. 

 

Have you seen the size of a 'Big' Mac these days?  False fucking advertising if you ask me.  Bastards - I love those things.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:33 | 3264313 mind_imminst
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A lot of reasons why the trend in fast food is lower, but for me it is price and quality. The last time I ate a whopper, it was horrible. If you want one of the "better" sandwiches at a fast food joint, you are now paying $5 to $6 for the sandwich alone. I can go to a local diner and get a better sandwich, conversation, and atmosphere for $6 to $8.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:50 | 3264391 robertocarlos
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I tried a 2 dollar whopper last summer. Never again.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:48 | 3264386 robertocarlos
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I live in the poorest postal code area in Canada. Our main DT grocery store is closing as are others in the close vicinity. They are busy stores but suffer theft, high rents, and high property taxes because they are DT. We have a mall and many fast food places as well as high end restaurants. I can walk a block and spend 100 bucks for Italian or 8 bucks for McD's. I can't afford McD's but sometimes I eat Italian. My apt has a kitchen and I use it. Home made burgers are a bit more expensive than McD's, which is 100% Canadian Beef whatever that means, but the homemade burger is way better even if I mess it up. Sometimes they are a bit raw but that's better than well done. I like welfare burgers.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:53 | 3264405 FubarNation
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No one cares about Canadians.  Go back outside and start curling ;)

 

(I joke as I am a displaced Canuck)

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:08 | 3264475 ZeroAvatar
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So, what exactly are the White Hispanics eating?  Jail food? Anyone keeping track of them?  Why not?  That's RAYCISS!

 

Editorial, Rocky Mountain News, Sunday, February 17, 2013:

 

"From Emmett to Trayvon: How racial prejudice has changed in the last 60 years".

 

(The man has been convicted, sentencing to follow)(I guess he's eating his just desserts?)/S

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:11 | 3264513 ZeroAvatar
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"Non-Hispanic Black Adults"

 

You mean, NIGGERS?  Just fuckin' say it: NIGGERS.

 

(Looks like Trav's been banned again?)

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:25 | 3264835 quasimodo
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"Unfortunately, non-Hispanic black adults consumed a worrying 21% of their calories from fast-food."

 

Reminds me of the McD's commercial where the son is talking to his mom, telling her he was about to eat a great breakfast.......bla bla bla, then the voice of the McD's drive thru girl comes over in the background........Mom proclaims "I raised you right!"

F-n McD's, steretype much? F-n shit food


Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:49 | 3264910 thisandthat
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Americans realizing they need to slow down on fast food? That's news to me...

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 18:23 | 3265019 JeffB
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Interestingly, there's a lot of evidence that it's the bread on those greasy burgers that is a greater risk in causing obesity. The carbs in the pototatoes in those french fries may be worse than the grease left over from the deep frying.

Here's an interesting video rebuttal to "Oversize Me":  FatHead

See also Gary Taubes' book, Why We Get Fat and What to do about it.

NY Times article by Gary Taubes "Why We Get Fat"

Gary Taubes' interview "Good Calories, Bad Calories"

 

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 20:07 | 3265330 fiddy pence haf...
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I'm not a rocket scientist, but dropping from 12.8 to 11.3 looks to me

like one Big Mac, per person, per year.

That's  hardly turning your back. That's turning down the occasional

super-size-me because you think your belt buckle's gonna

make a permanent impression on your gut.

McD's isn't even food. It's all chemical mind control, like cigarettes.

Just cuz people eat it doesn't make it food.

 

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 23:47 | 3265766 bilejones
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On a 2500 calory daily intake the drop is 13,600 odd calories a year.

 

That's about 4 pounds of fat.

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