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Fast casual restaurant entrées higher in calories than fast food
Dieters looking to cut calories may believe it's best to pick a fast casual restaurant over a fast food chain, but new research from the University of South Carolina shows that may not be the best choice. According to researchers from the Arnold School of Public Health, entrées at fast casual restaurants -- a category that includes restaurants such as Chipotle and Panera Bread -- have a higher average calorie count than fast food establishments, such as a McDonald's or Bojangles. (2016-05-11)

Consumption of fast food linked with asthma and other allergic diseases
A new Respirology review and analysis of published studies reveals a link between fast food consumption and an increased likelihood of having asthma, wheeze, and several other allergic diseases such as pollen fever, eczema, and rhino-conjunctivitis. (2018-07-05)

Kids meals, toys, and TV advertising: A triple threat to child health
Fast food companies advertise children's meals on TV with ads that feature toy premiums, and it has been suggested that the use of these toy premiums may prompt children to request eating at fast food restaurants. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that the more children watched television channels that aired ads for children's fast food meals, the more frequently their families visited those fast food restaurants. (2015-10-30)

Fast food not the major cause of rising childhood obesity rates
For several years, many have been quick to attribute rising fast-food consumption as the major factor causing rapid increases in childhood obesity. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill report that fast-food consumption is simply a byproduct of a much bigger problem: poor all-day-long dietary habits that originate in children's homes. (2014-01-15)

'Eatin' (not so) good in the neighborhood'
Living without a car in close proximity to fast food restaurants is associated with excess body mass index and weight gain, according to a University of Pittsburgh study available online and published in the September issue of the Journal of Urban Health. Adults in areas with high fast food concentration who didn't have a car were as much as 12 pounds heavier than those who lived in neighborhoods that lacked such restaurants. (2009-09-01)

U of M study shows fast food as family meals limits healthy food intake, increases obesity risk
Families whose meals frequently consist of fast food are more likely to have unhealthy eating habits, poor access to healthy foods at home and a higher risk for obesity, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School. (2007-01-08)

Half of inner city children in deprived areas consuming fast food/drinks at least twice a week
Over half of inner city school-kids in deprived areas may be consuming fast foods/drinks at least twice a week, if the findings from one London borough are applicable elsewhere, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2012-06-20)

Eat, drink and be merry?
Fast food and soft drinks may be making children fatter but they also make them happy. Programs aimed at tackling childhood obesity, by reducing children's consumption of unhealthy nutrition, are likely to be more effective if they also actively seek to keep children happy in other ways, according to Professor Hung-Hao Chang from National Taiwan University and Professor Rodolfo Nayga from the University of Arkansas. This is published in Springer's Journal of Happiness Studies. (2009-04-14)

Tempting your taste buds: Food cues entice consumers to overeat
The mouth-watering aroma of juicy burgers and crispy fries, and the eye-catching menu signs with delicious food pictures can tempt many hungry patrons to stop at fast-food restaurants. (2017-11-21)

Fast-food consumption linked to lower test score gains in 8th graders
The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, a new nationwide study suggests. (2014-12-22)

Quick school cafeteria lines could lead to healthier food choices
Middle schools soon might add fast cafeteria lines to their menu of tools to help students eat healthier, according to Penn State researchers. (2011-01-12)

Calories in popular restaurant chain meals 'excessive' warn experts
The calorie content of popular main meals served in UK and international restaurant chains is excessive and only a minority meet public health recommendations, finds a University of Liverpool study published in the Christmas issue of The BMJ. (2018-12-12)

Eating at fast food, full service restaurants linked to more calories, poorer nutrition
Eating at both fast-food and full-service restaurants is associated with significant increases in the intake of calories, sugar, saturated fat, and sodium, according to a new study. (2014-08-07)

Children eschew the fat if dads aren't lenient
This Father's Day, dad's choice of where to eat could literally tip the scales on his children's health. A father's use of restaurants and his perceptions of family meals carry more weight, so to speak, than mothers', according to a Texas AgriLife Research study. (2011-06-09)

Fast food restaurant lighting and music can reduce calorie intake and increase satisfaction
Researchers Wansink and Ittersum found that while softening the lighting and music in fast-food restaurants didn't change what people ordered, it caused them to eat 18 percent less of what they ordered (775 calories instead of 949) and to rate the food as more enjoyable. Implementing these simple changes in fast food restaurants, often accused of contributing to obesity, can go a long way toward reducing overeating while at the same time increasing customer satisfaction. (2012-08-29)

Limiting access to fast-food restaurants unlikely to reduce obesity
Living near fast-food restaurants and supermarkets has little impact on an individual's body mass index, according to new Indiana University research. The researchers, including Coady Wing from IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, used results from the largest national study ever conducted of the connection between residential environments and BMI. (2017-08-07)

Interest in presidential eating habits may affect the public's food choices
A recent study by a Penn State researcher examined how President Donald Trump's reported fondness for fast food may affect the public's perception of fast food and the likelihood, based on their media habits, one might purchase some. (2019-12-17)

Percentage of children eating fast food on a given day drops
A lower percentage of children are eating fast food on any given day and calories consumed by children from burger, pizza and chicken fast food restaurants also has dropped, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. (2015-03-30)

Retail investment: A barometer for teen obesity?
When it comes to addressing the obesity epidemic, fast food restaurants are a favorite target with some communities going so far as to ban the construction of new, standalone fast food restaurants. But according to a recent study coauthored by Michael Bader, an assistant professor of sociology at American University, communities contemplating such bans may want to look beyond the number of fast food outlets to the greater retail environment of each neighborhood. (2013-09-23)

Nation's leading hospitals serving up fast food
A new study finds that 38 percent of the nation's top health institutions have regional or national fast food franchises on their main medical campuses. It's a statistic that is alarming to the researchers, who say the restaurants send the public a mixed message about healthy eating. (2002-06-12)

Restaurant Meats Higher In Suspected Carcinogens
Suspected cancer-causing compounds known as heterocyclic amines, often formed during cooking, have been found in restaurant-prepared meats at levels as much as ten times higher than similar fast food items. The study involved beef hamburgers, steaks and pork ribs, purchased from three different national restaurant chains. (1998-10-31)

Fast food and sweets advertised when children watch television
Children in Sweden are exposed to a huge number of TV advertisements. Food adverts -- primarily for fast food and sweets -- dominate the advertisements shown during children's viewing times. Research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that Sweden is no different from other countries when it comes to the number of adverts that children are exposed to. (2010-12-14)

Fast food meals are smaller, have fewer calories than food served at restaurants
A new study in the Review of Agricultural Economics compares fast food and table service meals at restaurants. (2008-12-17)

Obesity not related to how close you live to fast food or gyms
A new study from Lund University in Sweden has shown no correlation between obesity and how close you live to fast food restaurants or gyms. Studies from other countries have previously indicated that these factors may be important in adult obesity. (2020-05-20)

For richer or poorer, we all eat fast food
Whether rich or poor, one thing unites Americans of all economic classes: Our love for fast food. A new nationwide study of young baby boomers contradicts the popular belief that fast-food consumption is concentrated among the poor. (2017-05-04)

Calorie information in fast food restaurants used by 40 percent of 9-18 year olds when making food choices
A new study published online today in the Journal of Public Health has found that of young people who visited fast food or chain restaurants in the US in 2010, girls and youth who were obese were more likely to use calorie information given in the restaurants to inform their food choices. (2013-05-22)

U of M study finds fast food chains have significantly decreased trans fats in cooking oils
Five major fast food chains have significantly decreased trans fats in the oils they use to cook food, according to new research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. (2010-07-14)

Study firms up diet and depression link
In an unusual experiment, James Cook University researchers in Australia have found that among Torres Strait Islander people the amount of fish and processed food eaten is related to depression. (2018-10-09)

Fast-food ban in L.A. fails to improve diets or cut obesity, study finds
In 2008, the city of Los Angeles passed a law restricting the opening or expansion of any 'stand-alone fast-food restaurant' in low-income neighborhoods where obesity was a problem. A new study finds the measure has failed to reduce fast-food consumption or reduce obesity rates in the targeted neighborhoods. (2015-03-19)

New Dartmouth research: Fast food intake leads to weight gain in preschoolers
There is a strong link between the amount of fast food that pre-school age children consume and their likelihood of becoming overweight or obese, according to a new Dartmouth-led study, published in the journal Pediatric Obesity. (2020-02-14)

Lean teens more likely to compensate for overeating fast food than overweight peers
Adolescents are more likely to overeat when served fast food, but lean adolescents tend to compensate for the over-consumption by eating less at other meals, which is not something their overweight counterparts are likely to do, according to a study in the June 16 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (2004-06-15)

Fast food and 'the tube': a combo for heart disease risk
Eating fast food and watching TV add up to a high risk for obesity and diabetes, according to a study reported today at the American Heart Association's 43rd Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention. (2003-03-08)

US study highlights clear link between increased fast-food consumption and obesity
Fast-food consumption has strong positive associations with weight gain and insulin resistance, suggesting that fast food increases the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, conclude authors of a US study in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2004-12-30)

Fast-food outlets in inner city neighborhoods fuel diabetes and obesity epidemic
A new study led by University of Leicester reveals that there is twice the number of fast-food outlets in inner city neighborhoods with high density non-white ethnic minority groups and in socially deprived areas. (2014-11-11)

Families are 'lovin' it'
Americans are spending about half their food budget in restaurants. As it is widely known, food prepared away from home, as compared to food prepared at home, is often higher in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. With children's dietary quality at risk, a study in the May/June 2011 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior explores the influence of parental styles and work schedules on children's use of and time spent in fast-food and full-service restaurants. (2011-05-06)

You're likely to order more calories at a 'healthy' restaurant
An important new study from the Journal of Consumer Research explains the (2007-08-29)

Supersized market economy, supersized belly: Wealthier nations have more fast food and more obesity
New research from the University of Michigan suggests obesity can be seen as one of the unintended side effects of free market policies. (2011-12-21)

Poor diet puts teenagers' health at risk
A quarter of Australian teenagers eat fast food everyday and more than a third hardly ever eat fruit, a Deakin University study has found. (2007-04-11)

Rotman paper finds exposure to fast food can make us impatient
Fast food has become an industry that has widespread influence on what and how we eat. The original idea behind fast food is to increase efficiency, allowing people to quickly finish a meal so they can move on to other matters. Researchers at the Rotman School of Management, however, have found that the mere exposure to fast food and related symbols can make people impatient, increasing preference for time saving products, and reducing willingness to save. (2010-03-25)

What's in a kids meal? Not happy news
High-calorie, high-sodium choices were on the menu when parents purchased lunch for their children at a San Diego fast-food restaurant. Why? Because both children and adults liked the food and the convenience. However, the study of data compiled by researchers in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD appearing this week journal Childhood Obesity, showed that convenience resulted in lunchtime meals that accounted for between 36 and 51 percent of a child's daily caloric needs. (2011-08-02)

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