why do so many people eat fast food

Dec. 2, 2008 -- Fast food lives up to its name in a new study of people who frequently eat at fast-food restaurants. Nearly 600 adults and in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area were interviewed for the study in 2005-2006. Most reported eating fast food at least three times per week. After tucking into a meal at a fast-food restaurant, participants rated how strongly they agreed or disagreed with 11 statements about why they like fast food. Here are their top reasons for eating fast-food meals, according to the percentages of people who agreed with each statement:
They're quick: 92. 3% They're easy to get to: 80. 1% I like the taste of fast food: 69. 2% They're inexpensive: 63. 6% I'm too busy to cook: 53. 2% It's a "treat" for myself: 50. 1% I don't like to prepare foods myself: 44. 3% My friends/family like them: 41. 8% It is a way of socializing with friends and family: 33. 1% They have many nutritious foods to offer: 20. 6% They're fun and entertaining: 11. 7% The "I'm too busy to cook" line was more popular among people with college degrees than people with less education.


And young adults were less likely than older adults to say they ate fast food because it offered many nutritious choices.


Still, the results boil down to speed and convenience at one end of the spectrum, and and fun at the other end. Bridging that gap means coming up with speedy, nutritious alternatives, suggest the researchers, who included Sarah Rydell, MPH, of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.


Their findings appear in December's edition of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. В 2008 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved. People eat fast food, because, as the name says, itвs fast! If you have a busy schedule and donвt have time to prepare your own meal, then you will often opt for fast, convenient food. Just stop by the store, make an order and receive the food 5 minutes later.


Cooking your own meal takes a lot of time. You need the time for groceries, which needs planning ahead for the food you want to prepare, then the cooking time. After that, you still need to wash the cutleries and kitchen equipment. Or you can just have someone else do it all for you. Or even just stock up on pre-frozen food that just needed to be microwaved for a few minutes for a hot meal.


That convenient then slowly become a habit over time, some see it as necessary to keep up with the fast moving society. Breaking this routine might be difficult since replacing that fast option is a huge investment of time and skill. Then there is also the misconception that preparing food from scratch is more expensive. That is not true! It is actually cheaper to go home cooked, yes, you do need to do the actual cooking. But you know, it might be worth the healthier meal.