Is Fast Food the Villain?

January 16th, 2014 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

So, the food police often point to fast food consumption as the main contributor to obesity, especially childhood obesity. So Barry Popkin and colleagues decided to look at the relative contribution of fast food compared to the rest of the diet. They looked at 4, 446 children, aged 2-18, from NHANES 2007-2010 and identified two dietary patterns: Western and Prudent. They found that half of US children consumed fast foods. 30% had most of their energy intake from fast food; 10.5% consumed more than 30% from fast food. Consuming a “Western diet” was more likely among fast-food low consumers. The remainder of the diet was independently associated with obesity, whereas fast food consumption was not.

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