March 14th, 2012 | simcha | No Comments »
Eric Schlosser, the investigative journalist who wrote Fast Food Nation, has an article posted with the Daily Beast that I would encourage everyone to read. It takes a “Fast Food Nation” look at the 10 years since his book was first published in 2002. It’s a tad lengthy, but filled with excellent information and his unique perspective. Just in case you don’t have the time to read the entire article, here are a few key bits of information from the article that are helpful to know:
- Two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are obese or overweight
- The obesity rate among preschoolers has doubled in the past thirty years. The rate among children aged 6-11 has tripled.
- The annual cost of our obesity per year is $168 billion as calculated by researchers at Emory University.
- This $168 billion is the same amount that Americans spent on fast food in 2011.
- The typical preschooler sees about three fast food ads per day that are aimed at children. The typical teenager sees about five.
- Every day 65 million people eat at a McDonald’s restaurant.
- The annual revenues for America’s fast food industry (adjusted for inflation) have risen about 20% since 2001.
- The amount of money spent on organic food has increased more than 20-fold since the early 1990’s, but still only accounts for only 4% of the nation’s total spending on food.
- The annual revenue of McDonalds Corp. is roughly equal to America’s entire organic food industry
Go ahead and check out the article. It’s well worth the read.