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Fast Food. Figuring Out the Facts. Project Sponsors. USDA Project Funded through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. School District of Philadelphia. Department of Nutrition Sciences, Drexel University. Survey :. How many of you eat fast food? How often do you eat fast food?

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fast food

Fast Food

Figuring Out the Facts


Project Sponsors

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

Making healthy choices

Fast food

What are today’s topics ??

Energy balance

Portion size


Pop Quiz

Which Meal Has the Least Amount of Fat?

#1 Quarter pound burger with cheese, large fries and diet soda

54 grams

#2 Crispy chicken salad with 2 ounces of creamy Caesar dressing and regular soda

34 grams

#3 Taco Salad and bottled water

48 grams

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?

Fast Food Facts
too much fast food
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
fast food facts portion sizes
Fast Food Facts: Portion Sizes


20 Years Ago

How many calories are in today’s order of fries?

210 Calories

2.4 ounces

400 more calories!

610 Calories

6.9 ounces

Adapted from

americans are eating more
Americans Are Eating More

weight gain

increase in per capita consumption

more than 200 calories per day

Source:Nestle, 2002

you do the math
You Do the Math
  • How much weight is gained by eating 200 extra calories every day for 1 year?
  • 200 calories x ____ days in 1 year = extra calories per year
  • 1 pound = 3500 calories
  • 73,000 calories/year ÷ 3500 calories/pound =
  • ______ pounds of weight gain in 1 year





Energy Balance

Calories In = Calories Out

If you walk leisurely for1 hour and 10 minutesyou will burn approximately 400 calories.*

How long will you have to walk leisurely in order to burn those extra 400 calories?*

Adapted from

*Based on 160-pound person

maintaining a healthy weight
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
  • 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
  • 1 chocolate cream filled cupcake
  • 20 chocolate coated peanut candies
  • 5 chicken nuggets
  • 1 large chocolate chip cookie
  • 1 fast food medium soda

200 calories =

fast food makeover before
Fast Food Makeover: Before

What you might choose:

  • Quarter Pound Burger w/Cheese
  • Large Fries
  • Large Milkshake

Grams of Fat



Calories =


Grams of Fat =

fast food makeover after
Fast Food Makeover: After
  • Cheeseburger
  • Small Fries
  • Bottled Water


Grams of Fat

Calories =


Grams of Fat =


some fat is good
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

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?
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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