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(NPR)   The more fast food restaurants there are near where you live and work, the more likelier you are to be obese, claims new study from the Department of Obviousness   (npr.org) divider line 22
    More: Obvious, fast food restaurants, geography, British Medical Journal, Cambridge University  
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2014-03-15 09:08:16 AM
Solution: Full Guberment control over restaurant menus.  That'll work and no more obesity!
 
2014-03-15 09:09:17 AM
ALL THESE WORDS ARE SPELLED CORREKTLY!
 
2014-03-15 09:10:18 AM
"more likelier"
*twitch*
 
2014-03-15 09:18:02 AM
Balderdash. I'm fat and I live twenty kilometres from the nearest fast food place, therefore the study is utterly wrong.

/says someone with no comprehension of basic statistics or research methods
//that's right, people with no comprehension of statistics or methods say "balderdash"
 
2014-03-15 09:20:15 AM
Correlation doesn't show causation... Although I will concede that that there aren't many fast food restaurants OR obese people in Ethiopia
 
2014-03-15 09:21:55 AM
That explains why I gained thirty pounds when that McDonald's opened up next door.
 
2014-03-15 09:32:02 AM
I have very few fast food places near where I work, but there's tons of tiny ethnic places. I'm getting fat on empanadas, tacos de chorizo, curried goat and pierogies.

/now I'm hungry
 
2014-03-15 09:42:00 AM
Do obese live near fast food or do fast food chains set up where the obese live. Sounds like basic supply and demand. Of course this is America, nobody is at fault for making dumb choices.
 
2014-03-15 09:55:47 AM
Used to do a lot of biz travel. As you go west to east in the USA, people get fatter. A hotel in California may not have food within miles. In the Midwest they'll be four in the hotel parking lot.
 
2014-03-15 09:58:01 AM
Or they build restaurants where lots of people like to eat?  I have plenty of fast food nearby, not fat.
 
2014-03-15 10:01:51 AM
Feh on that study. We work across the street from a little ceasars, wal mart, taco bell, mcd's, and yet most of the people I work with are skinny. It's all about getting off your ass and everything in moderation. There's no one to blame for our Obesity "epidemic" (and I am one of the obese ones) but ourselves.
 
2014-03-15 10:08:30 AM
If zoning codes requires 2 gyms/fitness centres per fast food restaurants, that would fix things right?
 
2014-03-15 10:10:35 AM
I live less than a quarter mile from Wendys, BK, MCDs, DQ, Arbys and I go to one of those like once every 2 months and generally don't eat fast food.  But I'm also really fat...   What does it mean!?
 
2014-03-15 10:34:21 AM
People aren't fat because they eat fast food. Unless you're Morgan Spurlock, people don't eat fast food 3 times a day, according to Gallop most people eat fast food between once a week to once or twice a month, with only 16% saying they eat it several times a week.

I usually go inside to order when I get fast food and most of the people I see in the restaurant are relatively thin and healthy looking, I rarely see anyone I'd consider obese. Try it over the next 10-12 times you go to one and see for yourself.

Even eating fast food three times a week wouldn't make you fat unless you were stuffing your face at home the rest of the time. It's not the Big Macs, it's eating half a package or Oreo's in one sitting (1280 calories) 2 hours after you just ate dinner.
 
2014-03-15 10:53:43 AM
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2014-03-15 11:07:28 AM

XanthPrime: Solution: Full Guberment control over restaurant menus.  That'll work and no more obesity!


That's why I'll be running for POTUS come next election. I'll be running on the platform "NO FAT CHICKS".
 
2014-03-15 12:06:03 PM

offmymeds: XanthPrime: Solution: Full Guberment control over restaurant menus.  That'll work and no more obesity!

That's why I'll be running for POTUS come next election. I'll be running on the platform "NO FAT CHICKS".


You've got my vote!
 
2014-03-15 01:50:30 PM

ReapTheChaos: People aren't fat because they eat fast food. Unless you're Morgan Spurlock, people don't eat fast food 3 times a day, according to Gallop most people eat fast food between once a week to once or twice a month, with only 16% saying they eat it several times a week.

I usually go inside to order when I get fast food and most of the people I see in the restaurant are relatively thin and healthy looking, I rarely see anyone I'd consider obese. Try it over the next 10-12 times you go to one and see for yourself.

Even eating fast food three times a week wouldn't make you fat unless you were stuffing your face at home the rest of the time. It's not the Big Macs, it's eating half a package or Oreo's in one sitting (1280 calories) 2 hours after you just ate dinner.


America's snacking habit is most likely a major contributor to the obesity problem but people aren't honest about it when asked.  The chubby women at work are always eating salad for lunch and swear it's their hormones, genetics, gluten, or whatever that keeps them fat.  Yeah, sure.  That and the pint of Ben & Jerry's every night they fail to mention.

So in a similar vein, I don't think people who respond to surveys about fast food are being honest.  For a time, I was a "Dunkie Junkie".  Every morning I'd drive to Dunkin Donuts and order a large regular coffee (cream and sugar) and at least a couple times per week, I'd buy a donut or breakfast sandwich.  But I never considered it to be fast food, which of course it is.  It was just my morning coffee.  I kicked that habit a few years back but the drive thru line at every DD I pass in in the morning is still long.  Likewise, McD's at lunch and dinner has a continuous line of cars.  The fat people aren't going into the restaurant.  They're buying and eating it in their cars and then disposing of the evidence.
 
2014-03-15 01:50:48 PM
I think that fast food places, being businesses, will go where they can make the most money.  So if you're going to be selling burger combos are you going to the land of the skinny or the fat of the land.

That would explain why these places all head to the same places.

If you're selling small portionED, chef prepared, expensive dining experiences are you really going to open your business in the same neighborhood where you're only successful competitors are the  KFC and McDs of this world?
 
2014-03-15 05:50:42 PM
What is the reason someone would write "more likelier" instead of "more likely"?

Am I missing a joke?
 
2014-03-15 07:27:08 PM
I'm surrounded by fast food restaurants and I don't eat at any of them.
I used to, for convenience, but it's such crap food and not worth the money that all that abundance did was to wean me off the stuff.

Sometimes, when it's late and I'm lazy I consider going to the 24hr McDick's but then when I think of what I'll be eating, I change my mind.
 
2014-03-16 04:23:11 AM
Soooo, Captain Obvious clearly has his dance card filled with his new commercial career and can't step in to comment?

something, something, all you can eat buffet comes to mind.
 
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