New Study Shows Fast Food ‘Not to Blame’ For Obesity
So often the sheer number of fast food restaurants, the calorie-laden options available there, and the incredibly cheap prices they can be found at are a central source of blame for America’s obesity. A recent study from Michael Anderson and David Matsa, from the University of California and Northwestern University, reveals that “the causal link between the consumption of restaurant foods and obesity is minimal at best.” [TELEGRAPH]
The study, which leads to an argument against a tax on high-calorie food, analyzes data compiled by the US Department of Agriculture on calorie intake across the country. The issue seems to lie in the general consumer’s tendency to overeat. Results found that people living closer to restaurants were not prone to be more obese than those living further away. While many restaurant food options may hold calories in greater proportion than food you’d find in your own cupboards at home, the likelihood of overeating and general poor eating habits would be prevalent at home, just as much as they would be when eating out.
According to Telegraph reporter Jon Swaine on the matter, the study indicated that obese people who ate at restaurants “also eat more when they eat at home.” Seems rather trivial and obvious, but it’s interesting to see a report that solidifies such eating habits.
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