First things first, there is an obesity epidemic, I completely agree.
My biggest complaint about the obesity epidemic is blaming fast food for the problem.
Go to McDonald’s, spend $5.00 on a 1,000 calorie meal, sit down, look around and count the fat people in the restaurant. If you can, try to gauge their level of obesity.
Now go to a Chinese buffet and spend slightly more on a 4,000 calorie, 4 tripper meal that won’t end until you want it to or until you fall over dead at the table with General Tso’s Chicken coming out your ears. Before you quit or keel over, take a look at all the fat people at the buffet. I guarantee you there will be twice as many obese people at the buffet as there were at Mickey D’s and they will be twice as big.
Go to Golden Corral, CiCi’s Pizza or any other all-you-can-eat buffet. The same holds true across the board - the more cheap food the better.
People are animals. People tend to eat what is put in front of them. Bigger portions, more portions, it doesn’t matter - it is instinctive.
So why would a truly obese person even bother with fast food? All you get is a burger, fries and drink.
The truly obese are experts and realize that they will not be satiated by something like fast food. Does the alcholic stop on the way home and grab a six pack (fast food) or do they pick up at least a twelve pack or even a case (buffet)?
The whole thing is simple math really. Why mess around with a $5.00, 1,000 calorie meal when you get four or five times as much food for slightly more money? There is no comparison.
Fast food is a red herring. Buffets are making more people fat and they are doing it the American way - faster, better and cheaper.