I blame those Freakonomics guys. If it weren’t for them we wouldn’t be so interested in oddball economics papers, like the one explored in Condé Nast Portfolio that states that “Fast Food Doesn’t Make You Fat.” O RLY?
The two economists who wrote it investigated obesity rates of people living closest to highways (with their large concentrations of fast-food restaurants) and those living 5 to 10 miles away. They found “no difference in the number of overweight, normal, and underweight people in the two areas, suggesting that access to restaurants was not making people fatter.” Instead, they found that people who eat the larger portions of food offered in restaurants for one meal often compensate by consuming fewer calories over the rest of the day. Well, that explains it then.
Meanwhile, Organic to Go, a Seattle-based chain that offers healthy, organic fare for the grab ’n’ go lifestyle, is exanding into Washington DC, according to a piece in the Washington Post. The article notes that the expansion is part of an overall greening of quick-serve restaurants in line with people’s desires to “eat out more healthfully.” Chipotle, is, of course, the granddaddy of all the “healthy” fast-food chains; despite its 1,000-calorie burritos, it’s the country’s largest buyer of naturally raised meats.
Let the fast-food feasting begin.