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Eating Out: From Bad to Worse Infographic

An infographic that compares the calories, fat and sodium of popular chain restaurant items.

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  • May 26, 2010
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Oh my, looking at the fat content is so discouraging!!  Sodium and calories are bad enough and so hard to control, but the fat content in some of these foods is ridiculous.  I have noticed more often than not, when my family goes out to eat, that there are so many obese people.  At a buffet for example, I can not believe how the plates are piled up by people who are so overweight.  Do not get me wrong, I am not putting down obese people, but personally, if I weighed 200 pounds and was only a little over 5 feet tall, I would surely skip the piling of fried chicken and other fried and fattening food. Notice also that in the US, portions at a restaurant are larger than in most other countries, we have more all-you-can-eat buffets, and we also have the option to up-size our fat content (such as ordering an extra large size of McDonald's fries), not to mention the option of having a triple cheese burger instead of one burger on a bun, etc. (Even looking at a triple hamburger makes my arteries clog!). My favorite restaurant is Olive Garden and while their food is delicious, I just can not bring myself to order anything that has triple cheese sauce on it. Yes, it looks wonderful, but I would rather have a nice meal with shrimp, pasta, veggies and of course their delicious salad.  I am not skinny as I was in my early years, and I really would love to lose a little weight (thanks to medicine I am taking I have gained a little) but it is discouraging to be offered so many fat laden foods.  It's too easy for many of us to think "well, I am extra hungry and it looks so good, so what the heck..." - I believe that healthy food is just not available as it should be.  Processed food has been a staple for so long, that eating a plain veggie seems boring.  I am truly guilty of sometimes eating something that is simple to fix and convenient, but it surely is not doing me any good in the long run.  Have you noticed also that young girls are blossoming at such early ages?  I have a daughter who is 11, and I swear, most of her classmates are wearing bras and are overweight already, thanks to the hormones and additives that are in beef, etc.  It all boils down to making money; have a cow, give it hormones to make it grow bigger so you can sell more meat out of 1 cow, then give it more stuff to keep it healthy, and what do you get?  Beef that is loaded with stuff it should not have, being eaten by our children, and the extra hormones are making our kids sick, overweight, etc.  Sad but true.  I think most of us love to eat out at some point, we women need and deserve a break from cooking, but the choices out there are getting very limited.  People in China, for instance, have lower weights and a lower incidence of cancer - but also notice their portions are smaller, their food is healthier - a huge difference to our All-You-Can-Eat philosophy that we are so used to.

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June 01, 2010
You shouldn't ever bother reading calories or other nonsense on a package label. It's a waste of time, and few people lose much of any weight that way. Do you want to be really healthy and feel really good again and for ALL of your symptoms to go away? Forget looking at fat content. It's meaningless!  I mean, really, truely useless!  I lost 30 pounds without spending any extra money and without looking at a single package's calorie or fat content in just one month.   I also made my chronic stomach aches go away.  It's easy.  Here's my blog if you want to learn more; http://reallyrawraederle.blogspot.com
May 28, 2010
So many good points that you bring up and I agree with a lot of it!  I'm always shocked and saddened when I go to buffets, fast food restaurants and donut shops, etc, to see obese people piling on the fat and calories.  I remember hanging out at a donut shop and after one such customer left, the girl behind the counter said she felt like a drug dealer who was killing them.  I think people can eat whatever they want, but that they should only do so in moderation.  The government is actually thinking about stepping.  Have you heard of the soda tax?  Thanks so much for your insight on this, Brenda!
June 04, 2010
I have not heard of the soda tax but it doesn't surprise me! LOL I agree, eating in moderation is the key. I like fast food as much as the next person, but have gotten so that I only eat "junk" every so often and in complete moderation. It seems now that fatty greasy stuff turns my stomach after practicing moderation. It makes me sad though to see children so obese - eating so much junk food and some not being very active is sad.
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