Calorie and Gram Differences between Meals at Fast Food and Table Service Restaurants

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James K. Binkley (2008)
  • Journal: Review of Agricultural Economics, volume 30, issue 4, pages 750-763
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9353.2008.00444.x
  • Subject:
    mesheuropmc: digestive, oral, and skin physiology

Concerns about the calorie content of restaurant food have focused on fast food. However, there is no specific evidence that fast food is worse than other food eaten away from home (FAFH). We use the Continuing Survey of Individual Food Intake to compare fast food and table service meals. We find that both are larger and have more calories than meals prepared at home, with table service exceeding fast food, possibly due to different pricing methods. However, for the full day, both result in similar calorie increases relative to no FAFH, with fast food perhaps somewhat worse. Copyright 2008, Oxford University Press.
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