Fast food Nation Spark Notes

Fast food Nation Spark notes

When people all over the world are looking for a quick, easy meal to grab on the go, fast food is the common solution. With the efficient service, low prices and casual atmosphere, fast food seems like the ideal “all-American” choice. In fact, over 25 percent of Americans consume fast food every day. Fast food does not have to be unhealthy, but most of the time it is; consumers often order foods with more fat, calories, sugar and sodium, and less nutrition and vitamins than is necessary. Keep reading to find out some more about what makes fast food so common in America and how to pick healthier options.



Here are  the top reasons for eating fast-food meals

• Fast foods are quick
• Fast foods are easy to get
• Most of us like the taste of fast foods
• Fast foods are inexpensive
• Many of us are too busy to cook
• Most of us take fast foods as a “treat”
• Find it difficult to prepare food at home
• Most of the people like fast foods
• Fast foods is a way of socializing with friends and family
• Fast foods are fun and entertaining

Total Spending on Fast Food Country Wise

  • United States. … US$148. 6 billion (64.8% of top 10 country fast food sales)
  • Japan … $13.9 billion (6.1%)
  • Canada … $12.7 billion (5.5%)
  • United Kingdom … $12.1 billion (5.3%)
  • China … $9.8 billion (4.3%)
  • South Korea … $9.3 billion (4%)
  • Germany … $7.4 billion (3.2%)
  • Australia … $5.7 billion (2.5%)
  • Brazil … $5 billion (2.2%)
  • India … $4.9 billion (2.1%)

Per Capita Spending on Fast Food

Just as revealing is fast food per capita spending statistics, calculated based on each country’s population size.

  • United States population 302.2 million … US$492 per capita
  • Canada 32.9 million… $387
  • Australia 20.4 million … $279
  • United Kingdom 60.6 million … $199
  • South Korea  49 million … $189
  • Japan… 128 million $108
  • Germany  82.3 million … $89.63
  • Brazil 189 million … $26.28
  • India 1.1 billion … $4.34
  • China (.3 billion … $7.41

The above numbers clearly show that Americans, Canadians and Australians spend much more per capita on fast food meals than the average Chinese or Indian eater does. However, it is important to note that the list focuses solely on fast foods – not other meals consumed outside the home. While fast food represents 84.5% of American sales for eating out, fast food contributes only 9.8% of what Chinese spend on outside meals and just 5.6% of Indian expenditures on eating out. If other outside food like restaurant meals is included, China and India spend $76 and $77 per capita respectively.

Country Wise McDonald’s and KFC’s consumption


Below is a list of the world’s leading public fast food companies and their revenues. Headquarter locations are shown in brackets.

  • McDonalds (Oak Brook, Illinois) … US$21. 6 billion revenues
  • Yum! Brands including KFC (Louisville, Kentucky) … $9.6 billion
  • Starbucks (Seattle, Washington) … $7.8 billion
  • Darden Restaurants (Orlando, Florida) … $5.6 billion
  • Brinker International (Dallas, Texas) … $4.2 billion
  • Wendy’s (Dublin, Ohio) … $2.5 billion
  • Burger King (Miami, Florida) … $2.1 billion
  • Domino’s Pizza (Ann Arbor, Michigan) … $1.6 billion
  • Applebee’s International (Overland Park, Kansas) … $1.3 billion

American fast food corporations continue to develop international consumer markets for outside-the-home convenience meals, mindful not so much about serving healthy fast food choices around the world at delivering handsome profits from global consumers.
Sources for this Article: This article presents independent calculations and insights based on data drawn from the 2007 World Population Data Sheet, and Euromonitor “The World Market for Consumer Foodservice, 2004″.


Fast food consumption was associated with a diet high in energy and energy density and low in essential micronutrients density. Frequent fast food consumption may contribute to weight gain. At least one in four adults reported eating fast food. The diet of males and females who consumed fast food was high in energy and energy density. Fast food provided more than one-third of the day’s energy, total fat and saturated fat; and was high in energy density. Negligible amounts of milk and fruits, but substantially large amounts of non-diet carbonated soft drinks were reported to consume at fast food places. After controlling for age, gender, socioeconomic and demographic factors, energy and energy density increased and micronutrients density decreased with frequency of fast food consumption. Adults who reported eating fast food on at least one survey day had higher mean body mass index values than those who did not eat fast food for both survey days. A small, but significant, positive association was seen between fast food consumption and overweight status. Within-person comparisons showed that energy intakes were higher on a fast food day than on a non-fast food day.


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